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Marcello Ghilardi graduated in Philosophy at the University of Padua and obtained the title of PhD in Aesthetics and Theory of Arts at the University of Palermo, after having also trained at the Universities of Paris, Milan, and Beijing.
Since 2018, he is Associate Professor in Aesthetics at FISPPA Department, and in June 2020 he obtained the national qualification as a full professor. He is responsible for the Erasmus project in exchange with the University of Hildesheim, and member of the Advisory Board for the University of Padua Center on Human Rights.

He has lectured in several Italian and foreign universities and has been visiting scholar at several foreign universities, including the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona, ​​the University of Tohoku (Sendai) and the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme in Paris.

He works as a translator and consultant for various publishing houses, for which he has also edited collective volumes and texts by Cassirer, Jullien, Merleau-Ponty, Nishida, in addition to the treatise of Shitao, Discourses on Painting by the monk Bitter Cucumber (Milan, 2014); he has published more than 100 essays in miscellaneous volumes or in national and international journals.

Among his volumes: "Cuore e acciaio. Estetica dell’animazione giapponese" (Esedra, 2003); "L’enigma e lo specchio. Il problema del volto nella pittura contemporanea" (Esedra, 2006); "Una logica del vedere. Estetica ed etica nel pensiero di Nishida Kitarō" (Mimesis, 2009); "Filosofia nei manga. Estetica e immaginario nel Giappone contemporaneo" (Mimesis, 2010); "Arte e pensiero in Giappone. Corpo, immagine, gesto" (Mimesis, 2011); "Il visibile differente. Sguardo e relazione in Derrida" (Mimesis, 2012); "Filosofia dell'interculturalità" (Morcelliana, 2012); "Il vuoto, le forme, l'altro" (Morcelliana 2014); "The Line of the Arch. Intercultural Issues between Aesthetics and Ethics" (Mimesis International, 2015); "L'estetica giapponese moderna (Morcelliana 2016), "La filosofia giapponese" (ELS/Morcelliana 2018), "La radice del sole" (Longanesi, 2019), "Il simbolo di Europa" (Mimesis, 2020), "Arte e meditazione" (RCS, 2020), "Eccedenza e alterità" (Morcelliana, 2024). Part of his artistic research is collected in the catalogue: "Nella distanza della luce / In the Distance of Light" (Mimesis, 2014).


The use of emails cannot replace direct meetings, unless they are technical or strictly formal requests for information. Students are therefore asked to avoid asking for bibliographies, explanations of passages or philosophical problems via email. Questions related to issues covered in class are also preferable live - if not possible during the class itself, they can be asked during office hours.

Students are kindly asked NOT to SEND E-MAIL IN ORDER TO ASK:
- exam programs (it's all online on the teaching page)
- day and time of office (they are indicated on the teacher's online page)
- exam sessions on days other than the sessions of ordinary and extraordinary sessions in mid-November, reserved for undergraduates and out of course
- thesis correlations (it is good to come in person to meetings)
- moving to the student list during the exam sessions
- sending, scanning, making books available for exams: in addition to being an illegal practice, which would damage publishers, it is not the teacher's job to make available to students texts currently in circulation.

Due to the high number of theses currently being written, the teacher is unable to accept other thesis correlation proposals that must be completed before JULY 2023.

Office hours

  • Wednesday from 10:00 to 12:30
    at Palazzo Capitanio, Secondo piano


Research Area

1. IDENTITY AND OTHERNESS: intercultural thought, philosophy of translation, , the notion of "subject"
2. ART AND EXSISTENCE: visible and invisible, ineffability, art as meditation, the relation between ethics and aesthetics, philosophy of the body
3. CONTEMPLATIVE STUDIES: interreligious (Christian-Buddhist) dialogue, meditation and philosohy as forms of askesis

1. Hermeneutics, phenomenology, Post-structuralism
2. Modern and contemporary aesthetics; Chinese and Japanese aesthetics (painting, calligraphy)
3. 20th century Japanese philosophy and Zen buddhism
4. Philosophy of interculturality