Massimiliano Tomba

I received my Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from the University of Pisa. I teach Philosophy of Human Rights and Political Theory of Global Society in the Department of Political and Juridical Sciences and International Studies at the University of Padova.

My research interests concern modern political philosophy, with a particular emphasis on German classical philosophy, modern and contemporary political thought, critical theory (especially the Frankfurt School), and theories of the modern state. My work has involved theorists such as Kant, Hegel and post-Hegelian thought, Marx, Walter Benjamin, and Theodor Adorno.

My current research and teaching focus on the history of political thought and the themes of human rights, globalization, and the reconfiguration of time and space in a global horizon. My work has recently been directed toward the re-consideration of the Eurocentric paradigm that has for a long time structured analyses and interventions in discourses of human rights and globalization. I am interested in studying difference(social, cultural, economic, and political) within the context of a “plurality of temporalities” in relation and conflict with each other instead of the Eurocentric framework of progress within which difference is generally examined. This move, inspired by insights from postcolonial scholarship and building on my previous work on temporalities in Marx’s thought, enables me to provide a critique of our habitual categorical schemes of interpretation.

Among my publications are Crisi e critica in Bruno Bauer. Il principio di esclusione come fondamento del politico, Napoli, Bibliopolis, 2002; La vera politica. Kant e Benjamin: la possibilità della giustizia, Macerata, Quodlibet, 2006; Strati di tempo. Karl Marx materialista storico. Milano, Jaca Books, 2010 and, most recently, Marx’s Temporalities, Leiden, Brill, 2013.