Academic career and teaching activities

Full Professor of Political Philosophy, Dipartimento di Lettere e Filosofia & School of International Studies, University of Trento (Italy), 2001-present

Associate Professor of Political Philosophy, University of Padova (Italy), 1999-2001

Assistant Professor of Moral and Theoretical Philosophy, University of Padova (Italy), 1991-1999

Research interests

Michele Nicoletti is Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Trento. He has authored books on Kierkegaard’s philosophy of subjectivity (1983), Carl Schmitt’s political theology (1990), Politics and the Evil (2000) and edited critical editions and translations of XIX and XX century philosophers like Rosmini, Stein, Guardini, Boeckenfoerde. His research interests focus on the intertwining between ethics, anthropology and political theory. Visiting fellow at several international universities (i.a. Freiburg i.B.. KU Leuven, Notre Dame, IN, USA), he has been the scientific coordinator of national and international research projects and is the chief editor of the scientific journal Politica e Religione. Annuario di Teologia politica. 2013-2018 he has been a member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies and of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, where he has led the Socialist, Democratic and Green Group. From January to June 2018 he has served as President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. During his mandate, he has launched the Council of Europe Academic Network initiative, which he is now developing: a project for the coordination of major universities and academic institutions in the field of human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

Research work


Fulbright Distinguished Scholar at the University of Notre Dame, IN, USA (January-May 2007)

Visiting Fellowships University of Exeter  (July 2003)

Visiting Fellowships University of St. Andrews  (August 2001)

Visiting Fellowship University of Cork (July 1999)

Hoover Fellowship Center for Ethics of the KU Leuven (B) on Media and Democracy (Februar 1999)

DAAD Research Fellowship at the Institut für öffentliches Recht (University of Freiburg i.B. - Director: Prof. Dr. E.W. Böckenförde) (July – August 1994)

Research Fellowship at the Universität München (Prof. Dr. Hans Maier) (March 1984)

Research Fellowship at the Universität Innsbruck (Prof. Dr. Walter Kern) (August 1982)



2013-2016 – “Governamentalità biopolitica: inclusione e felicità” (Local Coordinator, Research Project MIUR)

2009-2011 – “Politics and Truth” (National Coordinator, Research Project MIUR)

2007-2008 – “Euro-Ethos. Exploring the Foundations of a Shared European Pluralistic Ethos. A comparative investigation of religious and secular ethical values in an enlarging Europe” (European Coordinator, Research Project FP7, EU Commission)

2005-2006 – “The theological-political debate in the 20. Century” (National Coordinator, Research Project, MIUR)

2003-2004 – “Cosmopolitanism, international democracy, and religions” (National Coordinator, Research Project, MIUR)

2002-2003 – "The Challenge of Eugenics. Science, Philosophy and Religion" (Winner of a European Award within the Science & Religion Course Program of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, Berkeley, 2002)