Simone Regazzoni (Genoa 1975), a former student of Jacques Derrida, holds a doctorate in philosophy from the Universities of Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis and Genoa. He has taught at the Catholic University of Milan and the University of Pavia. He currently teaches at IRPA (Research Institute of Applied Psychoanalysis) in Milan and collaborates with the Holden School in Turin. He writes regularly for “Tuttolibri” of “La Stampa.” He is the author of several non-fiction volumes including: The Deconstruction of the Political. Eleven Theses on Derrida, the melangolo, 2006; The Philosophy of Dr. House (co-author), Ponte alle Grazie, 2007 (2009 Editora Best Seller LTDA); In the Name of Chora. From Derrida to Plato and Beyond, the melangolo, 2008; The Philosophy of Lost, Ponte alle Grazie, 2009 (Editora Best Seller LTDA; 2010, Duomo Ediciones); Pornosofia. Philosophy of pop porn, Ponte alle Grazie, 2010; Derrida. Biopolitics and Democracy, the melangolo, 2012; Unfortunate is the country that has no heroes, Ponte alle Grazie, 2012; State of self-defense. Obama and the Philosophy of the War on Terror, Ponte alle Grazie, 2013; I Love You. Philosophy as a declaration of love, UTET, 2017; The Philosophy of Harry Potter, Ponte alle Grazie, 2017 (2010, Duomo Ediciones); Hypermanzo, the melangolo, 2018; Jacques Derrida. The Desire for Writing, Feltrinelli, 2019; Plato’s Gymnasium. Philosophy as training, Ponte alle Grazie, 2020. He has written three novels: Abyss, Longanesi, 2014; Forest of Darkness, Longanesi, 2017; The Signs of Evil, Rizzoli, 2020.
His latest book is Ocean. Philosophy of the Planet, published for Ponte alle Grazie (2022).
Ponte alle Grazie
The ecological crisis affecting our planet is a cosmological crisis that forces us today to rethink the very idea of planet and life beyond the human-sized cultural construct we have called “planet Earth.” To do this requires a new philosophy of nature that looks back to what, at the dawn of thought, was called Okeanós: the primordial flux from which everything originates and which envelops everything like a huge womb. This is what Simone Regazzoni sets out to do in this book of naturalistic philosophy that is at once a hand-to-hand with pre-Socratic philosophy, Eastern creation myths, Melville’s Moby Dick, the art of surfing, Turner’s paintings, and the author’s account of his stay on the island of Maupiti, a coral atoll in French Polynesia where the book was written. Philosophical reflection mingles with the sensations that run through the philosopher’s body as he swims or faces the waves on a surfboard in this remote corner of the world, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, not far from the island where, in 1842, Melville stayed for a month after defecting from the whaler Acushnet. Here “the dull sound of distant waves crashing on the reef” seems to show us the way to another dimension of dwelling, one that breaks with the closure of Earth, territories, and boundaries, and opens to a planet Ocean as flux, constant becoming that traverses and unites all living things. Philosophy and Ocean thus meet in an autobiographical writing that appears limpid on the page as if crossed by the blue reflections of the sea.