Dr. Francesco Ferrari

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  • Coordinator, Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies (JCRS)
  • Coordinator, Graduate Programme "Religion-Conflict-Reconciliation" (RCR)
  • Coordinator, DFG Project “Hearts of Flesh - not Stone”
  • Post-Doc Research Fellow, Chair for Systematic Theology and Ethics
  • Editor, "Buber Korrespondenzen Digital" (cooperation between Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz, Goethe Universität Frankfurt und Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena)


Education Show content
  • Since 01/2014: Post-Doc Research Fellow, Chair Systematic Theology and Ethics, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
  • 04/04/2014: Defense of Ph.D. Title of the dissertation: Religione e religiosità. Germanicità, ebraismo, mistica nell’opera predialogica di Martin Buber [Religion and Religiosity. Germanness, Judaism and Mystics in Martin Buber’s Predialogical Writings]
  • From 01/2011 to 12/2013: Ph.D. in Philosophy. School of Human Sciences, University of Genoa
  • From 04/2012 to 09/2013: Visiting Scholar, Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen
  • From 09/2008 to 07/2010: Master in Philosophical Methodologies, University of Genoa
  • From 09/2005 to 07/2008: Bachelor in Philosophy, University of Genoa
Research interests Show content
  • Reconciliation with oneself, meaning-making and question of agency, focusing on: trauma, estrangement, narrative identity, existential dimension of meaning, self-efficacy
  • Temporality of reconciliatory processes, focusing on: time-related moral feelings, such as resentment, remorse, regret, nostalgia
  • The impact of trust on reconciliatory processes
  • The philosophy of Martin Buber, focusing on: Buber’s concept of relationship; Buber’s concept and practice of reconciliation; Buber’s social and political thought
  • Jewish Philosophy of the XX Century
Languages Show content
  • Italian (first language)
  • English
  • German
  • French
Teaching at the FSU Show content
  • SS 2020: Introduction to Reconciliation Studies
  • SS 2020: Search for Meaning as Task of Reconciliation with Oneself
  • WS 2019/20: “Making Home” in Reconciliatory Processes
  • SS 2018: Vladimir Jankélévitch. A moral philosophy of time
  • WS 2017/18: Die soziale und politische Philosophie Martin Bubers
  • SS 2017: Philosophie und ethische Implikationen der Photographie
  • SS 2016: Is Reconciliation with Oneself Possible? Jorge Semprun
  • SS 2015: Verzeihen - das Unverzeihliche?
  • WS 2014/15: Respekt. Eine ethische und soziale Frage
  • SS 2014: Martin Bubers Kritik und neue Bestimmung der Religion
Select events Show content
  • 11/19. Conference: Scegliere la responsabilità. L’esempio dei Giusti di fronte alle sfide globali. Talk: L’approccio del JCRS alla riconciliazione, tra teoria e pratica. Organized by: GaRiWo Network.
  • 05/19. Conference: Entlang den Grenzen des Dialogs. Literarische Interventionen im erinnerungskulturellen Versöhnungsdiskurs seit 1945. Talk: Vladimir Jankélévitch’s „Diseases of Temporality” and Their Impact on Reconciliatory Processes. Organized by: University Oldenburg.
  • 08/18. Conference: Reconciliation in the Middle East & North Africa. Talk: How much Home does a Person Need? Recollections from Jean Améry. Organized by: JCRS.
  • 12/17. Winter School on Reconciliation and Frozen Conflicts. Activity: Teaching the Holocaust in Buchenwald. Guided tour with lecture of passages from Jorge Semprún. Organized by: JCRS and Stellenbosch University (South Africa).
  • 07/17. Conference: Primo Levi and Jean Améry: Auschwitz and the Possibility of Enlightenment Secular Humanism. Talk: Der ewige Fremde. Jean Améry und die Suche nach der Heimat. Organized by: King’s College, London.
  • 05/17. Conference: Reformation and Global Reconciliation. Talk: Martin Buber as Thinker and Agent of Reconciliation between Israel, Palestine and Post-war Germany. Organized by: JCRS and Georgetown University.
  • 05/17. Workshop: Exploring the Role of Religion and Reconciliation in Political Transformation. Talk: JCRS Approach to Reconciliation. Studies and Practices. Organized by: Union Theological Seminary (UTS), United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers, New York.
  • 02/17-03/17. Series of Lectures: Reconciliación: elementos básicos y casos de studio. Organized by: Universidad de Antioquia (Medellin, Colombia).
  • 09/16. Workshop: Transitional Justice. Contemporary Theories and Practices. Talk: Philosophical Perspectives on Forgiveness. Organized by: Ben Gurion University; Wasatia Academic Institute; FSU Jena.
  • 04/16. Conference: Tradizione religiosa e riflessione politica. Percorsi ebraici. Talk: Umanesimo e politica in Martin Buber. Organized by: Università di Pisa.
  • 11/15. Conference: Dialog und Konflikt. Das dialogische Prinzip in Gesellschaft und Politik, Religion und Philosophie. Talk: “Inventing Peace” – Martin Buber als Inspirationsquelle für Wim Wenders' und Mary Zounazis' Friedenskonzeption. Organized by: Martin Buber-Gesellschaft; University Frankfurt.
  • 05/15. Conference: Reconciliation and Justice. Talk: Archaeology and Teleology of Reconciliation. Perspectives from Paul Ricoeur. Organized by: Viennese Society for Intercultural Philosophy.
Select publications Show content
  • Monography: Comunità postsociale. Azione e pensiero politico di Martin Buber. Preface by Siegbert Wolf; Castelvecchi, Roma 2018, 144 pp.
  • Monography: Religione e religiosità. Germanicità, ebraismo, mistica nell’opera predialogica di Martin Buber. Preface by Martin Leiner; Mimesis, Milano 2014, VI-378 pp.
  • Monography: Presenza e relazione nel pensiero di Martin Buber. Preface by Silvano Zucal; Edizioni dell'Orso, Alessandria 2012, X-306 pp.


  • Edited Volume: Encountering the Suffering of the Other. Transdisciplinary Studies from the Project “Hearts of Flesh-Not Stone” (with M. Leiner, Z. Barakat, M. Sternberg), Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2020 (forth.)
  • Edited Volume: Stefan Zweig, Lettere a Hans Rosenkranz (with Susan Baumert). First German edition of Zweig’s unpublished letters with Italian translation; Giuntina, Firenze 2020.
  • Edited Volume: Martin Buber Werkausgabe. Vol. 11: Schriften zur politischen Philosophie und zur Sozialphilosophie (with S. Franchini, M. De Villa), Gütersloher Verlagshaus, Gütersloh 2019. Foreword: pp. 15-100.
  • Edited Volume: Martin Buber, Niccolò Cusano e Jakob Böhme. Per la storia del problema dell'individuazione. First German edition of Buber’s dissertation with Italian translation; Foreword: pp. 7-38; Il Melangolo, Genova 2013.


  • Paper: Resistance and Reconciliation. Martin Buber’s Stance towards Nazi and Post-War Germany, in: Literarische Interventionen im deutsch-jüdischen Versöhnungsdiskurs seit 1945, eds. R. Forkel, B. P. Pick, Transcript Verlag, Bielefeld 2021 (forth).
  • Paper: Irreversibility and Irrevocability. A Phenomenology of Time-Related Moral Feelings Impacting Reconciliatory Processes, in: Encountering the Suffering of the Other. Transdisciplinary Studies from the Project Hearts of Flesh – Not Stone, eds. F. Ferrari, M. Leiner, M. Sternberg, Z. M. Barakat, B. Hameiri, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2021 (forth).
  • Paper: Between Quest for a Heimat and Alienation. Jean Améry’s Journey after Auschwitz, in: Reconciliation and Refugees, eds. D. Tacchini, Z. M. Barakat, A. Aldajani, M. Leiner, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2021 (forth).
  • Paper: Vladimir Jankélévitch’s “Diseases of Temporality” and Their Impact on Reconciliatory Processes, in: Contemporary Perspectives on Vladimir Jankélévitch, eds. M. La Caze, M. Zolkos, Rowman & Littlefield, London 2019, pp. 95-116.
  • Paper: Frieden als Ars Videndi. »Inventing Peace« mit Martin Buber, in: Martin Buber Studien, III, 2018, pp. 263-274.
  • Paper: Der Ort der Mystik in Bubers Frühdenken, in: Im Gespräch. Zeitschrift der Martin Buber-Gesellschaft, XVII, 2018, pp. 14-25.
  • Paper: Der ewige Fremde. Jean Améry e la ricerca della Heimat dopo Auschwitz, in: Auschwitz dopo Auschwitz, eds. M. Latini, E. S. Storace, Meltemi, Roma 2017, pp. 49-65.
  • Paper: Memory, Identity, Forgiveness. Archaeological and Teleological Perspectives of Reconciliation from Paul Ricoeur, in: Polylog. Forum for Intercultural Philosophy, XXXIV, 2016, pp. 151-167.
  • Paper: Gustav Landauer. Fisiopatologia della rivoluzione, in: La salute della filosofia, eds. S. Baranzoni, P. Vignola, Aracne, Roma 2014, pp. 65-79.
  • Paper: Individuum und Individuation. Eine Auslegung der Dissertation Martin Bubers, in: Martin Buber Studien, I, 2013, pp. 419-426.
  • Paper: Martin Buber in Italien. Ein Überblick über die Rezeption seiner Werke, in: Judaica. Beiträge zum Verstehen des Judentums, LXVIII/4, 2012, pp. 388-399.
  • Paper: Jakob Böhme: il primo incontro di Martin Buber con la mistica tedesca, in: Rivista di Ascetica e mistica, XXXVII/3, 2012, pp. 573-597.
  • Translation: Jacques Derrida, Confessare l’impossibile. «Ritorni», pentimento e riconciliazione, Cronopio, Napoli 2018. Italian translation of: Avouer l’impossible. 'Retours,' repentir et réconcilation. Afterword: pp. 81-94.
  • Translation: Gustav Landauer, Per la storia dell’evoluzione dell’individuo, Castelvecchi, Roma 2017. Italian translation of: Zur Entwicklungsgeschichte des Individuums. Foreword: pp. 5-11.
  • Translation: Hannah Arendt, L’ebreo come paria. Una tradizione nascosta, Giuntina, Firenze 2017. Italian translation of: The Jew as Pariah. A Hidden Tradition. Foreword: pp. 5-12.
  • Translation: Martin Buber, Umanesimo ebraico, Il Melangolo, Genova 2015. Italian translation of: Der Mensch von heute und die jüdische Bibel; Monologisches und dialogisches Leben; Drei Sätze eines religiösen Sozialismus; Bemerkungen zur Gemeinschaftsidee; Die Mächtigkeit des Geistes; Das Ende der deutsch-jüdischen Symbiose; Hebräischer Humanismus; Hoffnung für diese Stunde; Gläubiger Humanismus. Foreword: pp. 5-11.
  • Translation: Gershom Scholem, Martin Buber interprete dell’ebraismo, Giuntina, Firenze 2015. Italian translation of: Martin Buber Auffassung des Judentums. With the Italian translation of: Gustav Landauer, Martin Buber. Foreword: pp. 5-14.
  • Translation: Martin Buber, L'insegnamento del Tao. Scritti tra Oriente e Occidente, Il Melangolo, Genova 2013. Italian translation of: Die Lehre vom Tao; Buddha; Chinesische Geister- und Liebesgeschichten (Vorwort); China und wir; Dem Gemeinschaftlichen folgen. Foreword: pp. 5-14.
  • Translation: Martin Buber, In relazione con Dio. L'insegnamento del Baal Shem Tov, Giuntina, Firenze 2013. Italian translation of: Des Baal-Schem-Tow Unterweisung im Umgang mit Gott. Foreword, pp. 5-11.
  • Translation: Martin Buber, Il messaggio del chassidismo, Giuntina, Firenze 2012. Italian translation of: Die chassidische Botschaft. Foreword: pp. 7-25.
  • Translation: Martin Buber, Il chassidismo e l’uomo occidentale, Il Melangolo, Genova 2012. Italian translation of: Der Chassidismus und der abendländische Mensch; Aus Einer Philosophischen Rechenschaft. Foreword: pp. 5-20.
  • Translation: Martin Buber, Religione come presenza, Morcelliana, Brescia 2012. Italian translation of: Religion als Gegenwart. Foreword, pp. 5-36.


  • Book Review: Pumla Gobodo Madikizela (Ed.), History, Trauma and Shame. Engaging the Past through Second Generation Dialogue, Routledge, London 2021 (in: GaRiWo Books).
  • Book Review: Gustav Landauer, Esilio e Anarchia, Castelvecchi, Roma 2019 (in: Filosofia Italiana).
  • Book Review: Vladimir Jankélévitch, Philosophie morale, ed. Françoise Schwab, Flammarion, Paris 2019 (in: Pardes, XXV).
  • Book Review: Sam Berrin Shonkoff (Ed.), Martin Buber. His Intellectual and Scholarly Legacy, Brill, Leiden 2018 (in: Free Ebrei).
  • Book Review: Martin Buber, Antica e nuova comunità, Diabasis, Reggio Emilia 2018 (in: La società degli individui, XXI/63).
  • Book Review: Jack Jacobs (Ed.), Jews and Leftist Politics: Judaism, Israel, Antisemitism, and Gender, Cambridge Univesity Press, Cambridge 2017 (in: Free Ebrei).
  • Book Review: Caterina Resta, La passione dell'impossibile. Saggi su Jacques Derrida, Il Melangolo, Genova 2016. (in: FilosoficaMente).
  • Book Review: Paul Mendes-Flohr (Ed.), Dialogue as a Trans-disciplinary Concept. Martin Buber's Philosophy of Dialogue and its Contemporary Reception, De Gruyter, Berlin 2015 (in: Theologische Literaturzeitung, CXLII/5).
  • Book Review: Martin Buber, Israele e i popoli. Per una teologia politica ebraica, Morcelliana, Brescia 2015 (in: Free Ebrei).
  • Book Review: Igor Pelgreffi, La scrittura dell’autos. Derrida e l’autobiografia, Galaad, Giulianova 2015 (in: Discipline Filosofiche).
  • Book Review: Nunzio Bombaci, Per una medicina dialogica. Juan Rof Carballo, scienziato e filosofo, Orthotes, Napoli-Salerno 2015 (in: Discipline Filosofiche).
  • Book Review: Andrea Poma, Note filosofiche per la postmodernità, Mimesis, Milano 2014 (in: Giornale dell’Associazione Italiana di Filosofia della Religione).
  • Book Review: Ulf Diederichs, Eugen Diederichs und sein Verlag, Wallstein, Göttingen 2014 (in: Giornale dell’Associazione Italiana di Filosofia della Religione).
  • Book Review: Donatella Di Cesare, Heidegger e gli ebrei. I quaderni neri, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino 2014 (in: Giornale dell’Associazione Italiana di Filosofia della Religione).
  • Book Review: Ephraim Meir, Dialogical Thought and Identity. Trans-different Religiosity in Present Day Societies, De Gruyter-Magnes, Berlin-Boston 2014 (in: Theologische Literaturzeitung, CXXXIX/12).
  • Book Review: Martin Buber, Mythos und Mystik. Frühe Religionswissenschaftliche Schriften. MBW, Band 2.1, Gütersloher Verlagshaus, Gütersloh 2013 (in: Judaica. Beiträge zum Verstehen des Judentums, 1/2014).
  • Book Review: Ilaria Bertone, La parola parlata. Martin Buber interprete e traduttore della Bibbia, Trauben, Torino 2012 (in: Giornale dell’Associazione Italiana di Filosofia della Religione).
  • Book Review: Roberto Celada Ballanti, Filosofia e religione. Studi su Karl Jaspers, Le Lettere, Firenze 2012 (in: Humanitas, 4/2013).
  • Book Review: Francesco Ghia, Ascesi politica e gabbia d'acciaio. La teologia politica di Max Weber, Rubbettino, Soveria Mannelli 2010 (in: Humanitas, 2-3/2011).
  • Book Review: Agostino Cera, Io con Tu. Karl Löwith e la possibilità di una Mitanthropologie, Guida, Napoli 2010 (in: Rivista di Storia della Filosofia, 2/2011).
  • Book Review: Roberto Celada Ballanti, Pensiero religioso liberale. Lineamenti, figure prospettive, Morcelliana, Brescia 2009 (in: Giornale di Metafisica, 1/2010).
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