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Members of Moral Sciences (Humanities)

Origins, history, current facts and Members divided by sections.

In 1906 the Nobel Prize awarded to Giosuè Carducci provoked a wave of enthusiasm in the town of Bologna. Following this, Giovanni Pascoli and other intellectuals created the new Class of Moral Sciences, which was officially established in 1907.

Between 1910 and 1930 the most important humanists of Bologna University as well as many of the most famous jurists entered this new Class promoting interdisciplinarity. Giuseppe Brini, a well known expert of Roman Law, together with other historians of Law such as Emilio Costa e Silvio Perozzi, started to interact with other member scholars of Latin literature and Roman civilization.

In the Fascist period, following the resignation of President Giuseppe Brini as a protest against the regime, the Academy increased its vocation for studies on Roman civilization through the publications of Goffredo Coppola e Giuseppe Schiassi.  In addition to Coppola and Schiassi, even the Roman Law scholar Silvio Perozzi and the linguist Alfredo Trombetti were admitted into the Academy of Italy. The reputation of the Academy before the war was to gain a great visibility during the regime which loved to celebrate the cult of the Roman world. After the disasters of thewar, the Academy  resumed its activities promoting studies on previously neglected  disciplines, such as history, philosophy, pedagogy, statistics, economics and various branches of law.

Today, the Class of Moral Sciences boasts areas of excellence; among them the "lettura dantesca" (Dante’s readings) is worth mentioning. Organized by the President of the Class of Moral Sciences Prof. Carlo Galli and by the renowned Dantist Prof. Emilio Pasquini, this series of readings is considered one of the best in the international arena. Among the other activities of the Class are the seminar series on bioethics organised by Prof. Carla Faralli, the lectures on medieval history by Prof. Ovidio Capitani and the meetings on various domains of law by Prof. Giuseppe de Vergottini.