Francesco Campagnola

  Francesco Campagnola


Principal Investigator (equivalent to assiociate professor)

University of Lisbon, Centre of Philosophy

Research Project

The Renaissance and rebirth myths in modern Japan. Historiographic reception and cultural symbolizations of the Renaissance from Meiji Restoration to the present.

Fellowships awarded

2018          Marie Skłodowska-Curie IF, EU proposal 840693 - Makyaverri: Université de Strasbourg, Freie Universität Berlin (secondment), financed 100%, 196.707,84€ 

2017:          Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship, Long Term (At Kyoto University, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies.

2014 -      : FWO scholarship   

2013-2014: BOF scholarship

2012-2013: Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship

2011-2012: JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers

2009-2010: one-year scholarship for studies abroad, Università di Roma ‘La Sapienza’

Fundings and grants

  • FWO Grant for organising a scientific event: “Paradigms of Change in Modernising Asia and America”
  • CWO Grant for organising a scientific event: "Paradigms of Change in Modernising Asia and America"

  • Ghent University fund for organising doctoral schools: "The Globalisation of Knowledge"

  • Fulbright Specialist Grant (as promoter)

  • Morita Fund, Project title: “Representations of Italy in Modern Japan: Media and Learning” (head: Silvio Vita, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies)



Encyclopedic entries

  • Machiavelli in Giappone (Machiavelli in Japan), in: Enciclopedia Machiavelliana (ed. by Gennaro Sasso), Treccani, 2015
Editorship of journals’ special issues
  • Francesco Campagnola, Li Man (Edited by), with an introduction by Wang Hui, “Paradigms of Change in Modernising Asia”, in: «Global Intellectual History» I:1, 2017

Articles in journals

  • 『明治時代におけるマキャヴェッリの翻訳とその政治的役割 (Machiavelli’s Translations during the Meiji Era and their Political Role)』, in: «Diaphanes», IV, 1 (2018) forthcoming
  • Whose Renaissance? Changing Paradigms of Rebirth in Interwar Japan, in: «Global Intellectual History» I:1, 2017, special Issue “Paradigms of Change in Modernising Asia”
  • Analogia, metafore e cecita new secoli XVII e XVIII (Analogy, Metaphor and Blindness in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century), in «Archivio di Filosofia» special issue 2017.
  • Crisis and Renaissance in Post-war Japan, in: «Modern Intellectual History», accepted for publication (ISI Thomson-Reuters Indexed Journal)
  • Japan in Early Modern Scholarly Journals 1665—1750, in: «History of European Ideas», XLI, 8 (2015) (ISI Thomson-Reuters Indexed Journal)
  • (with Fiorella Bucci) The Shifting Place of Madness in Modernizing Japan. An Interview with Kazushige Shingu, in: «Rivista di psicologia clinica/Review of Clinical Psychology» 1 (2014)
  • Un Rinascimento giapponese. Hayashi Tatsuo e la forma trascendentale di una nuova vita (A Japanese Renaissance. Hayashi Tatsuo and the Trascendental Form of a New Life), in: «Bruniana e Campanelliana», XX, 1 (2014) (ISI Thomson-Reuters Indexed Journal)
  • 『「文芸共和国」の分断──学問の共同体における制度と個人の関係(The Republic of Letters Breaking up. Institutions and Personal Relationships in the Community of Knowledge)』, in: «Diaphanes», I, 1 (2014)
  • 『自己、社会、そして神に反して──哲学・法学・文学に見る一八世紀イタリアの自殺論 (Against Oneself, Society, and God. Theories on Suicide in Eighteenth Century Italy’s Philosophy, Jurisprudence and Literature) 』, in: «Gendai Shisō (現代思想)» XLI, 7 (2013)
  •  Images of Giordano Bruno in the Japanese Philosophical Culture, in: «Bruniana e Campanelliana», XVIII, 2 (2012) (ISI Thomson-Reuters Indexed Journal)
  •  (with Okamoto Genta) Ritratti critici di contemporanei: Shimizu Jun’ichi (Critical portraits of contemporaries: Shimizu Jun’ichi), in: «Belfagor. Rassegna di varia umanità», IV, Settembre 2011 (ISI Thomson-Reuters Indexed Journal)
  • Breve historia de la recepción de Vico en Japón (A Short History of Vico’s Reception in Japan), in: «Cuadernos sobre Vico», XXIII-XXIV, 2009-2010
  • At the Outskirts of Modernity. A Brief History of Giambattista Vico’s reception in Japan, in: «Intellectual News», XVI, 2010
  • Vico e l’Oriente (Vico and the Orient), in «Belfagor. Rassegna di varia umanità », I, Gennaio 2011 (ISI Thomson-Reuters Indexed Journal)
  • Note sulla fortuna di Giambattista Vico in Giappone (On Giambattista Vico’s fortune in Japan), in: «Belfagor. Rassegna di varia umanità» V, Settembre 2007 (ISI Thomson-Reuters Indexed Journal)
  • George Berkeley e la teoria dell’Analogia divina (George Berkeley on Divine Analogy), in: «Nouvelles de la République des lettres» 2006, II
  • Peter Browne critico di John Toland (Peter Browne as John Toland’s Critic), in: «Nouvelles de la République des Lettres» 2005, I

Chapter in books

  • Giambattista Vico e l’enigma dell’uomo moderno nella cultura del Giappone contemporaneo (Giambattista Vico and the Enigma of the Modern Human Being in Contemporary Japan’s Culture), in: Uemura Tadao, Vico: all’origine del sapere, Aracne, Roma 2018, 157-180
  • "Filling the Gaps: Japan in Early Modern Knowledge", in: Osaka Aki, Fongaro, Enrico (Ed.), How to Learn: Nippon/Japan as Object, Nippon/Japan as Method, Mimesis International
  • Vedere il colore nella prima modernità: tra filosofia e arte (Seeing Color in Early Modernity: between Philosophy and the Arts), in: Giuseppe Patella (Ed.), Eyes and Gazes in Philosophy and Arts, UniversItalia, Roma 2015
  • Geografia e corruzione nella Repubblica delle Lettere (Geography and Corruption in the Republic of Letters), in: yet non disclosed Festschrift


  • Okamoto G., Affetto e tempo in Giordano Bruno, in: «Bruniana e Campanelliana», XVIII, 2 (2012) (ISI Thomson-Reuters Indexed Journal)


  • F. Masini, M. Sanna, D. Armando (Ed.), Vico and the Orient. China, Japan and Korea, Tielle Media, Roma 2008
  • R. Descartes, Tutte le lettere 1619-1650 (All the Letters 1619-1650)(Ed. by Giulia Belgioioso), Bompiani, Milano 2005. (The book has been awarded the “Prix italique”, 10 march 2006)


  • Okamoto G., 『ジョルダーノ・ブルーノの哲学──の生の多様性へ』(The Philosophy of Giordano Bruno. Towards a Plurality of Life), in: «Bruniana & Campanelliana», XIX, 2 (2013)
  • D. Armando, F. Masini, M. Sanna, Vico e l’Oriente, in: «Cuadernos sobre Vico» XXIII-XXIV, 2009-2010
  • Uemura T. , 『無調のアンサンブル』(Atonal Ensemble) in: «Bollettino del centro degli studi vichiani», XXXIX, 2 (2009)
  • C. Shaftesbury, Scritti morali e politici (Moral and Political Works), in: «Nouvelles de la République des Lettres» 2008, II
  • R. Descartes, Tutte le lettere. 1619-1650 (All the Letters 1619-1650), in «Nouvelles de la République des Lettres» 2008, I
  • F. Soave, Epistolario (Epistolary), in: «Alvearium» 2007, I
  • C. Giuntini, B. Lotti , Scienza e teologia fra Seicento e Ottocento, in: «Nouvelles de la République des lettres» 2007, I
  • A. Zanconato, La dispute du fatalisme en France. 1730-1760, in: «Nouvelles de la République des Lettres» 2005, I
  • N. Badaloni, Laici credenti all’alba del moderno. La linea Herbert-Vico, in: «Nouvelles de la République des Lettres» 2005, I


  • 12/03/2019 “Civic Humanism, Political Subjectivity and the Shimin: A Brief Sketch of the Global Postwar Moral and Intellectual Regenration” Kyoto Lectures, École Française d'Extremre-Orient, Kyoto (12.3.)
  • 16/02/2019「ブルクハルトから林達夫とエウジェニオ・ガレンまで (From Burckhardt to Hyashi Tatsuo and Eugenio Garin)」: Kansai association of Italian Studies, Kyoto (16.2.)
  • 28/01/2019 “The Role of Japan in the Early Modern Republic of Letters”: Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), Seoul
  • 06/12/2018 “Machiavel, l’histoire et l’état au Japon de l’ère Meiji”: Université de Strasbourg, Strasbourg
  • 29/08-01/09/2017 “Shifting Relationships in Modern Philosophical Pantheon. Reshaping the Relationship Machiavelli-Rousseau during the Bunmei Kaika Period”: «15th International Conference of the EAJS», Lisbon 
  • 30/05-01/06/2017 “The Classics as a Paradigm for Japanese Religions and Religious Policies: Positioning Modernity in Space and Time”: «The Rethinking of Religious Belief in the Making of Modernity», American University in Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad, as Panel organiser
  • 13/02/2017 “Renaissance in Postwar Japan”: «Transformation of the Self-Aware Image through East-West Exchange», Tohoku University, Sendai (Canceled due to accident)
  • 04/02/2017「戦後ヨーロッパと日本におけるマキャヴェッリ論 (Machiavelli in Postwar Europe and Japan」University of Kanazawa, Kanazawa (Canceled due to accident) 
  • 03/02/2017「ヨーロッパの啓蒙主義と日本 (European Enlightenment and Japan)」: Kanazawa School of Arts, Kanazawa (Canceled due to accident)
  • 23/01/2017 “The Renaissance in Interwar Japanese Newspaper”: Universität Trier, Trier (Canceled due to accident)
  • 02-05/07/2016 “The Global Human Being in the Global Conflict: Humanism and Renaissance as political tools in 1940s’ Japan”: «2016 World History Association Annual Conference», Ghent, As Panel organizer: “Renaissance and Rebirth in Asia during an Era of Global Conflict”

  • 29/02/2016 “Machiavelli, History and the State in Modern Japan”: «Joint conference Hokkaido University and Ghent University», Ghent 

  • 03/11/2015 “Architetture e filosofie ibride nel Giappone del secondo dopoguerra (Hybrid Architectures and Hybrid Philosophies in Postwar Japan)”, IRCA, Università di Roma II Tor Vergata, Rome

  • 29/10/2015 “Mapping the Edges of the World. Japan and Ezo in Early Modern Geography and Anthropology”: «How to Learn – Nippon/Japan as Object, Nippon/Japan as method», chair: Ozaki Akihito (Tohoku University, head of the ‘New Japanese Studies’ network), Florence

  • 26/10/2015 “Missionari, letterati e liberi pensatori a caccia del Giappone nella prima modernità (Missionaries, Savants and Freethinkers in Search of Japan during Early Modernity)”, DISTU, Università della Tuscia, Viterbo

  • 29/10/2015 “To be decided”: «How to Learn – Nippon/Japan as Object, Nippon/Japan as method», chair: Ozaki Akihito (Tohoku University, head of the ‘New Japanese Studies’ network), Florence
  • 09/06/2015   “Crisis and Renaissance in Postwar Japan”, Institut für Modernes Japan, Universität Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf
  • 21/11/2014   “The Representation of Japan in the Republic of Letters”, Department of French, University of Toronto;  Japan Foundation, Toronto Branch Office, Toronto
  • 18/11/2014   “Renaissance and Socio-Political Rebirth in Postwar Japan”, Department of Romance Languages and Literature, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; Carolina Asia Center, Department of Asian Studies; Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University, Chapel Hill
  • 27/06/2014  「18世紀ヨーロッパの雑誌に見る日本 ――「文芸共和国」における「日本」の表象とその意味(Looking at Japan through the eighteenth century European journals. The Representation of Japan in the Republic of Letters and its Meaning)」, Series:「ニホンガクの最前線」, Okayama University, Okayama
  • 24/06/2014   “Japan as the Limit. Japan in the Cultural Discourse of Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Europe” Series: Kyoto Lectures, ECAF consortium (École Française d'Extremre-Orient, Italian School of East Asian Studies). At the Insitute for Research in Humanities Kyoto University, Kyoto
  • 21/06/2014   「18世紀ヨーロッパの雑誌における日本表象(The Representation of Japan in the Eighteenth Century Journals)」, Aoyama University, Tokyo
  • 20/06/2014   “The Renaissance as a Metaphor. European, American and Japanese Historiography before and after WWII”, UTCP (University of Tokyo Centre for Philosophy), University of Tokyo, Tokyo
  • 01-03/03/2014   “Is Another Modernity Possible? Shimizu Ikutarō as Reader of Giambattista Vico”, «Tradition, Modernity and Globalization in Japan» EAJS International Symposium, University of Bucharest, Bucharest
  • 29/09/2012   “Japan in the European Learned Journals during the Seventeenth Century”: «Early Modern Japan in European Archives», Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University, Kyoto
  • 16/10/2011   「自己、社会と神に反して・18世紀イタリアにおける自殺論(Against Oneself, Society, and God. Theories on Suicide in Eighteenth Century Italy’s Philosophy, Jurisprudence and Literature) 」 : イタリア学会 (Associazione di Studi Italiani in Giappone) Annual Symposium, Doshisha University, Kyoto
  • 26/05/2011   「理論、政治、偶然性・歴史学の方法について (Theory, Politics, Randomness. On Method in Historical Sciences)」 Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, Kyoto
  • 03/11/2010   “Japan. A Different Modernity”, IRCA, Università di Roma II Tor Vergata, Roma
  • 18/09/2010   “Weber, Vico e la modernizzazione dell’Asia Orientale (Weber, Vico and East Asia Modernization”: «Immagini della modernità tra Europa e Giappone», chair: Silvio Vita and Francesco Campagnola, Università di Napoli ‘L’Orientale’, Napoli.
  • 26/11/2009   「共通感覚の概念と理性の制限・デカルトからシャフツベリを経てヴィーコに至るまで(The Concept of Common Sense and the Limits of Reason. From Descartes to Vico, via Shgaftesbury)」 Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, Kyoto.
  • 17/10/2009   “La ricezione di Vico in Giappone. Oltre l’Occidente, oltre il moderno (Vico's Reception in Japan. Beyond West and Modernity)”: «La modernità tra Europa e Giappone: Interpretazioni storiche e visioni filosofiche del moderno a confronto», chair: Marta Fattori (Università di Roma ‘La Sapienza’), James C. Heisig (Nanzan University), Kyoto.
  • 19-21/03/2007   “Representing the Unrepresentable”: «Representation-Expression», chair: Daniel Garber (Princeton University),
  • 22-25/01/2007   “The Dispute about Self-Love and Society in Mandeville and his antagonists”: «Amore di sé, amor proprio. Genesi, storia e metamorfosi di un concetto», chair: Jean Robert Armogathe (EPHE), Lecce