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Dr Lidia Ripamonti

Dr Lidia Ripamonti

Research Administrator

Research Associate


Lidia joined the VHI as Research Administrator in 2012 and as a Research Associate in 2014. She studied philosophy at the Universities of Milan, Freiburg in Breisgau, and Dresden and she holds a PhD from Anglia Ruskin University. Her doctoral thesis discusses Edith Stein's critique of Martin Heidegger and focuses on the understanding of the human person. Most of her research work was carried out at the University of Dresden, Germany, where Lidia was an assistant lecturer in Philosophy of Religion, after receiving a postgraduate research scholarship from the Catholic University of Milan. Previusly Lidia has worked as a translator and reviser for books on philosophy and education, including the Italian translation of Romano Guardini’s early writings.

Research Interests

Lidia's research interests and experience include continental philosophy, particularly phenomenology, philosophical anthropology and philosophy of dialogue. She has taught and published on empathy, personhood, end-of-life, and on the philosophy of Edith Stein, Martin Heidegger, Romano Guardini and Martin Buber. Current research interests include philosophy of disability, autism and neurodiversity, personal identity and mental health. She is currently working on a project centred on the definition of ill-health.

Key Publications

  • "Disability, Diversity, and Autism: Philosophical Perspectives on Health", The New Bioethics, 22(1), 2016, 56-70.
  • Fenomenologia dell’essere umano e analisi dell’Esserci, in A. Ales Bello - F. Alfieri - M. Shahid (eds.) Edith Stein, Hedwig Conrad-Martius-Gerda Walther. Fenomenologia della Persona, della Vita e della Comunitá, Laterza: Bari, 2011.
  • Geborgenheit statt Geworfenheit. Bemerkungen zur Kritik Edith Steins an Sein und Zeitin H.-B. Gerl-Falkovitz, R. Kaufmann, H. R. Sepp (eds) Europa und seine Anderen: Emmanuel Levinas - Edith Stein - Józef Tischner, Dresden: Thelem, 2010
  • “Wie ein gefügiges Werkzeug ganz in Deine Hände: Edith Stein als geistliche Schriftstellerin”, Die Tagespost 24: 63; re-edited in Edith Stein Jahrbuch, Echter 2010.
  • “Being Thrown or Being Held in Existence? The Opposite Approaches to Finitude of Edith Stein and Martin Heidegger” in Yearbook of the Irish Philosophical Society 2008, Maynooth, 2009.
  • “Sein, Wesen und Existenz bei Edith Stein und Martin Heidegger” in Die unbekannte Edith Stein: Phänomenologie und Sozialphilosophie, Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2006.
  • “Costruire l’empatia” in Il Segnale, XX n. 60, Milano: I Dispari, 2001.

Translations (German-Italian):

  • R. Guardini, Lettere a Josef Weiger (1908-1962), Opera Omnia vol. XXVI/1, Brescia: Morcelliana, 2010
  • M. Krienke  (ed.), Sulla ragione. Rosmini e la filosofia tedesca, Rubbettino, 2008 (part-translation)
  • R. Guardini, Scritti di metodologia filosofica, Opera Omnia Vol I, Brescia: Morcelliana, 2007 (part-translation)

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