Paolo Flores D’Arcais was born in Cervignano del Friuli, Italy, in 1944. He wrote his doctoral thesis on Adam Smith and Karl Marx, and is now a researcher in the philosophical faculty of La Sapienza University in Rome. He is editor of the magazine ‘MicroMega’ and has also written for various newspapers, including ‘El País’ and the ‘FAZ’. Several of his texts have been published in German, including ‘L’individuo libertario’ (1997). He is considered one of the most important critics of the Italian left and confirmed this with his book “Il sovrano e il dissidente” (2004; t: The sovereign and the dissident). In this political polemic paper, he pleaded to fully exercise one’s democratic rights. In “Dio esiste?” (2006; t: Is there God?) he and Joseph Ratzinger – before being elected Pope – discuss religion from a theleological and left-philosophical point of view.
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