Alessandro de Arcangelis

Alessandro de Arcangelis is a Lecturer (Teaching) at UCL History. Alessandro is a historian of modern Europe, who works at the intersection of intellectual, conceptual and cultural history, with a special focus on transnational history and cross-cultural encounters.

He is currently preparing a monograph tentatively entitled The New Science of History: Giambattista Vico in Europeans’ Historical and Political Imagination, c. 1799-1870. In this work, he investigates how the transnational debates on Vico’s philosophy of history provided intellectuals in nineteenth-century Italy, France and Germany with a new conceptual lexicon, able to re-describe and negotiate experiences of historical and political change from the standpoint of ‘man-made’ concepts of progress, time and history.

Alessandro completed his PhD at UCL, under the supervision of Prof. Axel Körner and Prof. Avi Lifschitz. His thesis focused on the reception and circulation of Hegel’s philosophy in southern Italy during the Risorgimento, placing particular emphasis on its links with the local experience of the 1848 Revolution and the Italian unification.


Supervisors: Axel Körner and Avi Lifschitz
Title: Hegelians on the slopes of Vesuvius: a transnational study on the intellectual history of Naples, 1799-1861
Completed: 2018


  • “Towards a New Philosophy of History: European Vichianism and Neapolitan Hegelianism, 1801-1848”, Journal of Modern Italian Studies 25, pp. 1-18 (2019).
  • “The Cosmopolitan Morphology of the National Discourse: Italy as a European Centre of Intellectual Modernity”. In Körner, A., Hauswedell, T. & Tiedau, U. (eds.) Re-Mapping Centres and Periphery: Asymmetrical Encounters in European and Global Contexts. London: UCL Press, pp. 135-54 (2019).
  • “Geschichte, Histoire, Storia: Stefano Cusani, Stanislao Gatti e la Circolazione Transnazionale dell’Hegelismo, 1838-48”. In Gallo, F. (ed.) Gli Hegeliani di Napoli: Il Risorgimento e la ricezione di Hegel in Italia. Napoli: Istituto Italiano Per gli Studi Filosofici
  • “Contestations of Modernity from ‘Übermensch’ to ‘Superuomo’. Gabriele D’Annunzio between Friedrich Nietzsche and Richard Wagner”. History of European Ideas (forthcoming)