Rocco buttiglioneDr. Rocco Buttiglione. He studied Law at the Universities of Turin and Rome, where in 1970 he obtained a degree with a thesis in the History of Political Doctrines. From the beginning of his career he has shared the experience of the Movement of Communion and Liberation founded by Msgr. Luigi Giussani.

In 1972-78 he studied abroad and taught at the Universities of Rome and Urbino. From 1978 his interests started to expand into Polish culture and the philosophical personalism of the Lublin school, and especially that of Karol Wojtyla. In this period Buttiglione wrote many articles clarifying the distinctions between Marxism and Christian doctrine. In 1982 he published two books: the first about the mind and philosophy of Karol Wojtyla and the second about the new philosophy of human labour which underlies the Encyclical Laborem Exercens.

In recent years he has promoted many schools of social doctrine both in Italy and abroad. He has been invited to lecture at several seminars in universities and cultural institutions. He has been head chair of political philosophy and political science at Teramo University and at S. Pio V University in Rome. He has been a Member of Parliament since 1994. He has been Minister for European Affairs (2001-2005), Minister of Culture (2006) and Vice President of the Chamber of Deputies (until 2013).

He is the author of 10 books and more than 100 essays, in which he has poured his conservative ideas on philosophy, religion and politics. 

Academic History

He studied in Turin and later in Rome where he enrolled in law. His future vocation came to light and he specialized in political doctrines. He is considered an authority in this matter in Italy. He currently teaches Political Sciences at the Roman University of San Pío V.

He was also a professor of philosophy and acting rector at the International Academy for Philosophy in Liechtenstein.

Courses and Seminars: Prof. Buttiglione has held courses and seminars at the Pontifical Institute for the Family and Marriage in Rome, the University of Rome (La Sapienza), the University of Urbino, the University of Teramo, the Catholic University of Lublin and many other universities and research centres.

 

Expertise

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Awards & Honors

- Honorary degree in Philosophy: May 1994, Lublin Catholic University, Poland;
- Council Member of the Pontifical Commission Justitia et Pax (1984-1991);
- Honorary Professor of Mendoza University;
- Member of the editorial council of several Italian and international magazines;
- Member of the Pontificial Academy of Social Sciences.

Selected Publications

Avvenimento cristiano e fenomeno rivoluzionario. Lezioni sul marxismo. Testi del seminario condotto presso l'Universita Cattolica di Milano, 22-25 febbraio 1972, Milano, Comunione e liberazione, 1972.
- I cattolici e la crisi della società italiana, con Augusto Del Noce, s.l., s.n., 1977.
- Dialettica e nostalgia, Milano, Jaca Book, 1978.
- La crisi dell'economia marxista. Gli inizi della Scuola di Francoforte, Roma, Studium, 1979.
- Il pensiero di Karol Wojtyla, Milano, Jaca Book, 1982.
- L'uomo e il lavoro. Riflessioni sull'enciclica "Laborem Exercens", Bologna, CSEO biblioteca, 1982.
- El hombre y el trabajo: Reflexiones sobre la encíclica "laborem exercens". Encuentro, 1984.
- Metafisica della conoscenza e politica in S. Tommaso d'Aquino, Bologna, CSEO, 1985.
- Nuova evangelizzazione e dottrina sociale, Milano, Scuola di dottrina sociale, 1988.
- Cattolici e politica, con Augusto Del Noce, Milano, Scuola di dottrina sociale, 1988.
- La famiglia, un soggetto di azione sociale, testo di una lezione tenuta il 7 maggio 1987, in Luigi Giussani, Luigi Negri, Rocco Buttiglione, La famiglia, Milano, Quaderni di Litterae Communionis, n.3 1988
- Traduzione italiana e saggio introduttivo a Josef Seifert: Essere e persona, Milano, Vita e Pensiero, 1989
- La doctrina Social Cristiana. Encuentro, 1990. 
- Augusto Del Noce. Biografia di un pensiero, Casale Monferrato, Piemme, 1991. 
- La crisi della morale, Roma, Dino, 1991.
- L'uomo e la famiglia, Roma, Dino, 1991.
- Cristianismo y cultura en Europa: memoria, conciencia y proyecto.Ediciones Rialp, 1992.
- Il problema politico dei cattolici. Dottrina sociale e modernità, Casale Monferrato, Piemme, 1993. 
- Giustizia e politica tra prima e seconda Repubblica, con Mario Luzi, Formello, SEAM, 1998. 
- Il pensiero dell'uomo che divenne Giovanni Paolo II, Milano, Mondadori, 1998. 
- La persona y la familia.Ediciones Palabra, 1999.
- Meridione. La grande occasione, a cura di e con Giuseppe Nistico e Antonio Marzano, Soveria Mannelli, Rubbettino, 2001. 
- I cattolici liberali nell'attuale contesto politico, Soveria Mannelli, Rubbettino, 2007. 
- Lo stato della democrazia nel mondo, con Gianfranco Fini e Carlo Galli, Roma, Armando, 2011. 
- La sfida. Far politica al tempo della crisi, Soveria Mannelli, Rubbettino, 2012. 
- Sulla verità soggettiva. Esiste un'alternativa al dogmatismo e allo scetticismo?, Soveria Mannelli, Rubbettino, 2015.

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