Dr. Emilio Di Somma
Education, degrees
  • 2013-2017: PhD in Divinity and Religious Studies, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
  • 2010-2012: MA in Philosophy (cum laude), Federico II University of Naples, Naples, Italy
  • 2007-2010: BA in Philosophy (cum laude), Federico II University of Naples, Naples, Italy
Academic positions and teaching experience
  • 2017-present: High School Professor in History and Philosophy and Support Teacher. Liceo Statale Regina Margherita (current), Turin; Liceo Scientifico Charles Darwin (2018-19), Rivoli; Liceo Scientifico Antonio Gramsci (2017-18), Ivrea, Italy
  • 2016: Teaching Assistant at the University of Aberdeen, Department of Philosophy, Aberdeen, UK
  • 2014-2015: Translator for a research project entitled “Elaborazione di una bibliografia e traduzione di testi sul tema: origine, genesi e nascita in specifici percorsi del pensiero contemporaneo” at the Federico II University of Naples, Department of Philosophy, Naples, Italy
  • 2014: Exam Invigilator at the University of Aberdeen, Department of Philosophy, Aberdeen, UK
Academic memberships
  • 2017-present: Associazione Italiana di Filosofia della Religione (AIFR)
  • 2013-2016: Society for the Study of Christian Ethics (SSCE)
Selected Bibliography


Book

  • Fides and Secularity: Beyond Charles Taylor’s Open Faith. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2018.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Protecting the Weak and Creating Community.” In Servant Leadership, Social Entrepreneurship and the Will to Serve: Spiritual Foundations and Business Applications, edited by Steven van Den Heuvel and Luk Bouckaert. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019 (forthcoming).
  • Di Somma, Emilio, “The Mystery of Economy, for a Theological Understanding of Economics”, in The Review and Expositor [Peer Reviewed Journal], SAGE Publishing, Volume: 116 issue: 1, page(s): 83-92, (2019).
  • “Individual and social fides: the contribution of Reformation to the ontology of economics.” International Review of Economics 66, no. 3 (September 2019): 293–304 (2019).
  • Atheism as a Rival Faith to Monotheism: Richard Niebuhr and the Problem of Non-Monotheistic Faith.” Nuovo Giornale di Filosofia delle Religioni 8 (2018).
  • “Religione Violenta. Gewalt ed Anti-Metafisica.” In Etica e religione, edited by Pierfrancesco Stagi, 27-51. L’umano e il divino. Roma: Stamen, 2018.
  • “Economic ‘Faith’ and Hope, an Archaeological-historicist interpretation.” In Driven by Hope: Economics and Theology in Dialogue, edited by Steven van den Heuvel and Patrick Nullens, 79-91. Christian Perspectives on Leadership and Social Ethics 6. Leuven: Peeters Publications, 2018.
  • “Laicismo e Religione, una Critica Crociana a Taylor.” Diacritica A. III, fasc. 1 (13) (2017): 46-62.
  • “Change and Freedom, a Liberal-Historicist Perspective.” The International Academic 2 (2017): 49-55.

Book Review

  • Review of Solidarity with the World by Carolyn A. Chau. The International Journal of Public Theology 11, no. 2 (2017): 266–267.

Papers and Presentations

  • “From Magic to Religion, De Martino’s Analyses on Religious Experience,” at Philosophy of Religious Experience panel organized by Associazione Italiana di Filosofia delle Religioni (AIFR), European Academy of Religion (EUARE) annual meeting, Bologna, 3-7 March, 2019.
  • “Cultural Regression? An Anthropological View on Post-Truth, a response to John Milbank,” at Religion and Post-Truth panel organized by Centro Studi Confronti, European Academy of Religion (EUARE) annual meeting, Bologna, 3-7 March, 2019.
  • “Rise of the Technocratic Mage,” at Being Human in a Technological Age international conference by Institute for Leadership and Social Ethics (ILSE), ETF Leuven, 22-23 February 2019.
  • “Il Redentore, Il Sovrano, L’Emancipatore,” at A Caro Prezzo, Associazione Italiana di Filosofia delle Religioni (AIFR) Annual Meeting, Facoltà Teologica dell’Italia Centrale, Firenze, 16-17 November 2018.
  • “Nomos and Unlimited Desire,” at The Economy of Desire International Conference, Institudo de Filosofia Edith Stein, University of Granada, 22-24 June 2018.
  • “Protecting the Weak and Creating Community,” at The Will to Serve by ILSE, ETF Leuven, 25-26 May 2018.
  • “Atheism as Rival Faith to Monotheism; Richard Niebuhr and non-monotheistic faiths,” at European Academy of Religion annual conference, University of Bologna, 5-6 March 2018.
  • “The Meaning of ‘Secularity’, Between Hannah Arendt and Karl Marx,” a university lecture for “The concept of revolution in liberal readings of Marx” course, organized by Dr. Rosalia Peluso, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, 27 November 2017.
  • “Individual and Social Fides: Luther’s Contribution to Modern’s Ontology,” at Martin Luther’s Heritage in Modern Economics and Social Sciences conference organized by HEIRS, Libera Università Maria Santissima Assunta (LUMSA), Rome, 15 November 2017.
  • “Faith as reasonable expectation, Hope as moral legitimization,” at Christianity and Hope SSCE annual conference, organized by the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics, University of Cambridge, 8-10 September 2017.
  • “Fides and Secularity: How Liberalism still lives through Faith,” at Politics as Theology conference organized by the Institute of Philosophy Edith Stein, Granada, 25 June-1 July 2017.
  • “Religione violenta. La violenza dell’anti-metafisica: Buffered and Fragile Selves, a historicist criticism of Charles Taylor,” at Ex Nihilo conference organized by the European Academy of Religion, Bologna, 18-22 June 2017.
  • “Economic Hope, a Look into Economic Faith,” at Driven by Hope conference, organized by ILSE, ETF Leuven, 24-25 February 2017.
  • “Pistis, belief and faith: thresholds of indifference between the secular and the religious,” at Re-thinking Boundaries in the Study of Religion and Politics post-graduate conference, organized by the University of Aberdeen, 11-12 September 2015.
  • “The Mystery of Economy. Exploring the threshold between theology and economy,” at IIPPE Annual Conference 2015, organized by the International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy, University of Leeds, 8-10 September 2015.
  • “The Kingdom and the Government; an inquiry on secular power and its religious roots,” at Power and the Limits of Power SSCE Annual Conference, organized by the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics, Westcott House, University of Cambridge, 4-6 September 2015.
  • “A confrontation between legitimacies: Taylor, Blumenberg and Schmitt,” at Political Theology: The Liberation of the Postsecular? conference organized by the Association for Continental Philosophy, Liverpool Hope University, 10-12 July 2015.
  • “Usus Facti: A post-consumerism approach in Giorgio Agamben,” at Self and the City: Political Theology and Urban Identities conference, organized by the Lincoln Theological Institute, University of Manchester, 24-25 April 2015.
  • “Freedom from, freedom to: Benedetto Croce’ social liberalism,” at Post-liberalism, Individualism and Society conference, organized by the Lincoln Theological Institute, University of Manchester, 11-12 July 2014.
  • “Understanding Open Faith, Charles Taylor and Edward Schillebeeckx,” at Edward Schillebeeckx 100 years: Grace, Governance and Globalization conference, organized by the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven, in Ravenstein, Holland, 27-30 August 2014.