Carlo Lottieri

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Carlo Lottieri
Born (1960-11-06) 6 November 1960 (age 63)
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
Italian philosophy
InstitutionsBruno Leoni Institute
Mises Institute
Main interests
Philosophy of law · Federalism · Political theology · Elite theory

Carlo Lottieri (born 6 November 1960, Brescia) is Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Verona. He holds a bachelor's degree (summa cum laude) in Philosophy from the University of Genoa, a M.A. from the Institut Universitaire d’Etudes Européens (now attached to the University of Geneva), a M.A. and a Ph.D. from the Paris-Sorbonne University. His research interests cover Philosophy of Law, Federalism, Libertarianism, political theology, Religion and Public Life, Military Ethics, Elitism, Evolutionary Theory of Law, Commons and Private Property, Modern State. He edited many works by Bruno Leoni in English, French, Italian, Spanish and Czech.[1]

He is currently Professor of Philosophy of Law at the University of Verona[2] and Professor of Philosophy of Law and Philosophy of Social Sciences at Facoltà di Teologia di Lugano.[3]

Career and thought[edit]

In the years 2003–04 Lottieri taught Philosophy of Social Sciences at Ca' Foscari University of Venice and in 2011 he has been visiting professor at Aix-en-Provence. Fellow of many institutions,[4] he is the Director of Political Theory department of the Istituto Bruno Leoni (IBL), based in Turin.[5] Lottieri's research develops a radical libertarianism combining a strong emphasis on the inviolability of other people (marked by the influence of Emmanuel Lévinas) and a realistic approach to the modern State, largely influenced by Italian elitist school, Carl Schmitt's scholarship and Public Choice and Austrian School economists. Following Raimondo Cubeddu and Alberto Mingardi, in his work Lottieri "argues for the legitimacy of many so-called 'monopolistic practices' (cartels, monopolization, mergers, predatory pricing…), and for the legitimacy of conglomerates, and big business at large, vis-à-vis those governmental agencies built to thoroughly implement 'competition' from top to bottom".[6] His last book emphasizes the historic features of the modern State, suggesting to libertarian scholars to understand the cultural and even theological implications of the struggle between the rulers and the ruled.[7]


Single-authored books[edit]

  • Un'idea elvetica di libertà. Nella crisi della modernità europea. Brescia: La Scuola, 2017.
  • Every New Right Is A Freedom Lost. e-book, translated by Chiara Brown, 2016.
  • Credere nello Stato? Teologia politica e dissimulazione da Filippo il Bello a WikiLeaks. Soveria Mannelli: Rubbettino, 2011.
  • Le ragioni del diritto. Libertà individuale e ordine giuridico nel pensiero di Bruno Leoni. Treviglio – Soveria Mannelli: Facco – Rubbettino, 2006.
  • Il pensiero libertario contemporaneo. Tesi e controversie sulla filosofia, sul diritto e sul mercato. Macerata: Liberilibri, 2001
  • Denaro e comunità. Relazioni di mercato e ordinamenti giuridici nella società liberale. Naples: Guida, 2000.

Edited books[edit]

Co-authored books[edit]

  • (written with Piercamillo Falasca) Come il federalismo fiscale può salvare il Mezzogiorno. Soveria Mannelli: Rubbettino, 2008.
  • (written with Emanuele Castrucci) Lezioni di Filosofia del diritto. Rome: Aracne, 2006.
  • Dove va il pensiero libertario?, edited by Riccardo Paradisi. Rome: Settimo Sigillo, 2004.
  • (written with Enrico Diciotti) Rothbard e l’ordine giuridico libertario. Una discussione. Siena: DiGips – Università degli Studi di Siena, 2002.

Journal articles, book chapters, working papers, academic conference papers[edit]


  1. ^ Bruno Leoni, Law, Liberty and the Competitive Market, con una prefazione di Richard A. Epstein, New Brunswick NJ, Transaction, 2008; Bruno Leoni, La liberté et le droit, Paris, Les Belles Lettres, 2006; Bruno Leoni, Lezioni di Filosofia del diritto, Soveria Mannelli, Rubbettino, 2003; Bruno Leoni, Lecciones de Filosofía del Derecho, Madrid, Union Editorial, 2008; Bruno Leoni, Pravo a svoboda, Praha, Liberalni Institut, 2007.
  2. ^ Personal page in Siena.
  3. ^ Personal page in Lugano.
  4. ^ International Centre of Economic Research de Turin, The Ludwig von Mises Institute, Institute of Economic Studies, Institut Constant de Rebecque.
  5. ^ For IBL Lottieri has written many papers in defense of individual rights and free-market values. See for instance: Carlo Lottieri, The Opening of the Chinese Market and Individual Rights Archived September 25, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, IBL Briefing Paper, June 25, 2005.
  6. ^ Raimondo Cubeddu - Alberto Mingardi, "Preface", Ethics & Politics, 2003, 2, p. 2.
  7. ^ Partially, this topic had been examined in a previous paper written in cooperation with an Italian colleague: Luigi Marco Bassani - Carlo Lottieri, "The Problem of Security; Historicity of the State and "European Realism", in Hans-Hermann Hoppe, The Myth of National Defense, Auburn AL, The Ludwig von Mises Institute, 2003.
  8. ^ Lottieri's Euroskepticism is evident also here: Carlo Lottieri, "It’s Tony’s Turn" Archived April 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, Tech Central Station, July 1st, 2005.

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