“Not only Agamben”: over 100 philosophers challenge their colleague and sign a document in favor of Green pass and vaccines – The text

“Not only Agamben”: over 100 philosophers challenge their colleague and sign a document in favor of Green pass and vaccines – The text
“Not only Agamben”: over 100 philosophers challenge their colleague and sign a document in favor of Green pass and vaccines – The text

As Italian philosophers and intellectuals, we express our sense of disorientation in the face of the fact that in public discussion on issues such as vaccination anti-Covid19 and the establishment of the Green Pass, the contribution of philosophy is exhausted by thinkers such as Giorgio Agamben, and possibly some colleagues, who instead only represent their point of view on these issues. We believe it is important to dissociate ourselves from Agamben’s (and colleagues’) views at least on the following points.

1) The contribution of philosophy to science. Although philosophy must certainly assume a critical role in relation to science, this critical role cannot fail to respect scientific results reporting them incorrectly. For example, it is false to claim, as Agamben did in the Senate hearing a few days ago, that the anti-Covid19 vaccines are in an experimental phase: they have been tested.

2) The relationship of the state towards citizens. It is improper to argue that we are in an era in which exceptionality has become the rule, and that the goal is state control over citizenship, on the model of what is done by forms of despotism such as the Soviet one. We are facing a ‘sanitary emergency. which has nothing to do with other forms of emergency (such as the fight against terrorism). This emergency requires procedures that have always been adopted in these cases to protect the interests of the community: think of the mass vaccination carried out at the time of cholera – 1973! – in Naples.

3) The alleged discrimination between citizens. Against what Agamben argued in the same contexts, who improperly and offensively compared the adoption of the Green Pass to the institution of racial laws against the population of Jewish origin in 1938, this adoption does not induce no discrimination between classes of citizens, having as its purpose simply the protection of society as a whole, reducing the possibility of contagion by encouraging vaccinations. To argue the opposite would be like arguing that the institution of the driving license, made to limit as much as possible the number and extent of road accidents, determines a distinction between Serie A citizens and Serie B citizens.

4) The alleged repression of individual freedom. The institution of the Green Pass does not entail any repression of individual freedom, being a well-known condition in social communities that a person’s freedom ends when it affects freedom of another or harms them. To argue the opposite would once again be equivalent to arguing that the adoption of traffic rules is detrimental to individual freedom of movement.


Fabrizia Abbate (University of Molise)

Ines Adornetti (University of Roma Tre)

Mario Alai (University of Urbino)

Cristina Amoretti (University of Genoa)

Tiziana Andina (University of Turin)

Fabio Bacchini (University of Sassari)

Carla Bagnoli (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia / All Souls College, Oxford)

Carola Barbero (University of Turin)

Francesco Bellucci (University of Bologna)

Matteo Bianchin (University of Rome Tor Vergata)

Francesco Bianchini (University of Bologna)

Stefano Biancu (LUMSA Roma)

Francesca Boccuni (University of Life and Health S. Raffaele)

Sofia Bonicalzi (University of Rome Three)

Domenica Bruni (University of Messina)

Barbara Bruschi (University of Turin)

Clotilde Calabi (University of Milan)

Angelo Campodonico (University of Genoa)

Marco Carapezza (University of Palermo)

Roberto Casati (CNRS Paris)

Massimiliano Carrara (University of Padua)

Roberto Celada Ballanti (University of Genoa)

Emanuela Ceva (University of Geneva)

Riccardo Chiaradonna (University of Roma Tre)

Carlo Chiurco (University of Verona)

Carmelo Colangelo (University of Salerno)

Giovanna Cosenza (University of Bologna)

Ines Crispini (University of Calabria)

Antonio Da Re (University of Padua)

Richard Davies (University of Bergamo)

Mario De Caro (University of Roma Tre)

Ciro De Florio (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan)

Marina De Palo (University of Rome La Sapienza)

Massimo Dell’Utri (University of Sassari)

Roberta De Monticelli (Vita-Salute S. Raffaele University)

Fabrizio Desideri (University of Florence)

Anna Donise (University of Naples Federico II)

Mauro Dorato (University of Roma Tre)

Francesca Ervas (University of Cagliari)

Adriano Fabris (University of Pisa)

Mariannina Failla (University of Roma Tre)

Vincenzo Fano (University of Urbino)

Riccardo Fedriga (University of Bologna)

Francesco Ferretti (University of Roma Tre)

Luca Forgione (University of Basilicata)

Pasquale Frascolla (University of Naples Federico II)

Aldo Frigerio (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan)

Matteo Galletti (University of Florence)

Gabriele Gava (University of Turin)

Elisabetta Galeotti (University of Eastern Piedmont)

Stefano Gensini (University of Rome La Sapienza)

Cristiano Giorda (University of Turin)

Giuseppe Giordano (University of Messina)

Benedetta Giovanola (University of Macerata)

Fabrizia Giuliani (University of Rome La Sapienza)

Elisabetta Gola (University of Cagliari)

Simone Gozzano (University of L’Aquila)

Mario Graziano (University of Messina)

Andrea Iacona (University of Turin)

Elisabetta Lalumera (University of Bologna)

Giorgio Lando (University of L’Aquila)

Giovanni Leghissa (University of Turin)

Paolo Leonardi (University of Bologna)

Federica Liveriero (University of Pavia)

Christoph Lumer (University of Siena)

Patrizia Magli (IUAV Venice)

Sergio Filippo Magni (University of Pavia)

Sarin Marchetti (University of Rome La Sapienza)

Costantino Marmo (University of Bologna)

Antonio Marturano ((University of Rome Tor Vergata)

Cristina Meini (University of Eastern Piedmont)

Simona Morini (IUAV Venice)

Vittorio Morato (University of Padua)

Roberto Mordacci (Vita-Salute S. Raffaele University)

Maurizio Mori (University of Turin)

Sebastiano Moruzzi (University of Bologna)

Sandro Nannini (University of Siena)

Gloria Origgi (CNRS Paris)

Elisa Paganini (University of Milan)

Alfredo Paternoster (University of Bergamo)

Antonio Pennisi (University of Messina)

Pietro Perconti (University of Messina)

Francesca Piazza (University of Palermo)

Tommaso Piazza (University of Pavia)

Matteo Plebani (University of Turin)

Simone Pollo (University of Rome La Sapienza)

Francesca Pongiglione (Vita-Salute S. Raffaele University)

Paolo Ponzio (University of Bari)

Pier Paolo Portinaro (University of Turin)

Maria Antonietta Pranteda (University of Turin)

Massimo Reichlin (Vita-Salute S. Raffaele University)

Gino Roncaglia (University of Roma Tre)

Maria Russo (Vita-Salute S. Raffaele University)

Paola Rumore (University of Turin)

Antonio Dante Santangelo (University of Turin)

Elisabetta Sacchi (Vita-Salute S. Raffaele University)

Roberta Sala (Vita-Salute S. Raffaele University)

Aldo Schiavello (University of Palermo)

Marco Segala (University of L’Aquila)

Sarah Songhorian (Vita-Salute S. Raffaele University)

Lucio Spaziante (University of Bologna)

Giuseppe Spolaore (University of Padua)

Ilaria Tani (University of Rome La Sapienza)

Gino Tarozzi (University of Urbino)

Giuliano Torrengo (University of Milan)

Guido Traversa (European University)

Vera Tripodi (University of Milan)

Giovanni Tuzet (Bocconi University)

Maria Silvia Vaccarezza (University of Genoa)

Ugo Volli (University of Turin)

Alberto Voltolini (University of Turin)

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