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Giovanna Borradori Professor of Philosophy and Director of Media Studies

Giovanna Borradori holds advanced degrees from the University of Milan, Italy (“Dottore in Filosofia”) and the University of Paris, France (“Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondis”). She specializes in European philosophy of the 19th and 20th century. In recent years, her research has been focusing on the aesthetics of architecture and the philosophy of terrorism. She is the editor of Recoding Metaphysics: The New Italian Philosophy (Northwestern University Press, 1988) and the author of two books in English: The American Philosopher (University of Chicago Press 1993) and Philosophy in a Time of Terror. Dialogues with Jürgen Habermas and Jacques Derrida (University of Chicago Press, 2003), a “philosophy best-seller” translated into eighteen languages.

  • DiplM, Universit√© de Paris; PhD, Universit√† degli Studi Milano
  • At Vassar since 1995


Research and Academic Interests

  • European Philosophy of the 19th and 20th Century

Departments and Programs


  • MEDS 260. Media Theory
  • MEDS 310. Senior Seminar
  • PHIL 291. The Vassar College Journal of Philosophy