A conversation with Adriano Prosperi
Prof. Adriano Prosperi is an internationally renowned Italian historian. Emeritus of Modern History at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, member of the Accademia dei Lincei and of many other scientific academies, he dealt with ecclesiastical institutions and religious ideas in the period from the late Middle Ages to the early modern age, focusing in particular on on the role of missionaries and the history of the Inquisition.
Among his countless studies, we highlight the historical investigations on the practice of infanticide, on the social roots of racism, on the iconography of justice and on the death penalty. We spoke a lot with him about this last theme, but also about the exercise of power and about “weak” and “strong” human beings, ascertaining once again – to use his own words – that:
Justice is a necessarily defective system because it is made by men to face the realities of men: it is linked to the incomplete character of the human being, partly beast and partly man
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Watch an excerpt of the conversation with Adriano Prosperi, carried on on November 3, 2020