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36 Grotiana (n.s.) 1 (2015)

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                         GROTIANA  36 (2015) 1-2
BRILL                                                         brill.com/grot

In  Memoriam Merio Scattola (1962-2015)

On August  22 2015, after a long illness, Merio Scattola died, too early and leav-
ing a void among the historians of political thought in Italy and beyond. Born
on February 9, 1962 in Bassano del Grappa (Vicenza), he graduated in 1986 in
philosophy  at the University of Padua on a thesis on nineteenth-century
German  metaphysics, titled Eduard von Hartmann e lafilosofia dell'inconscio.
In 1992 he concluded a research Ph.D. in the history of political thought and
political institutions at the Department of political studies of the University of
Turin, with a dissertation on August Ludwig Schlozer e le Staatswissenschaften
delxviii secolo supervised by Silvia Rota Ghibaudi. A large part of his research
was conducted  at the Max Planck-Institut fur Geschichte in Gottingen and the
Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbittel. After obtaining a post-doctoral fel-
lowship at the Turin department  in 1993, he continued his research during
1996-1997  at the Max  Planck-Institut fur Europdische Rechtsgeschichte in
Frankfurt am Main, with Michael  Stolleis. In 1999 and 2001 he profited from
two yearly grants from the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiflung in order to inves-
tigate eighteenth-century German   literature, particularly the writings of
Christoph Martin  Wieland, in collaboration with Herbert Jaumann   at the
University of Greifswald. In the period 2000-2004 he held a grant from the
Dipartimento di lingue e letterature anglo-germaniche of the University of
Padua  for research on the eighteenth-century political and utopian novel in
Germany. Then  in 2005 he became ricercatore in German literature, and subse-
quently associate professor in 2007 and extraordinary professor in 2011, in the
history of political ideas at the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy of the
University of Padua.
   Merio Scattola was board member of the Althusius-Gesellschaft and the edi-
torial board of several reviews (Respublica, Anales del Seminario de Historia de la
Filosofla, Storia delpensiero politico, Grotiana), and his scholarly activities ranged
exceptionally wide, in particular comprising three thematic areas: the transfor-
mation of the concept of natural law in the Middle Ages and the early-modern
period; the professional and academic organisation of the political in the early-
modern  period; the connections between literature and moral philosophy from
the perspectives of ancient prudence and modern political theory. Just to men-
tion the most important contributions, we bring to mind: La nascita delle scienze
dello stato. August Ludwig Schlizer (1735-1809) e le discipline politiche del

@ KONINKLIJKE BRILL NV, LEIDEN, 2015  DOI 10.1163/18760759-03600001

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