- Category : Science-Physics
- Type : GP
- Profile : 2/5 - Hermit / Heretic
- Definition : Split - Small (13,21)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Maya 2
Nicola Abbagnano (15 July 1901 – September 9, 1990) was an Italian existential philosopher. Nicola Abbagnano was born in Salerno.
He studied in Naples and taught at Turin. In 1972 he moved to Milan, where he collaborated to Indro Montanelli's Il Giornale. For a short while, he was assessor for culture in the comune of Milan.
From 1952, together with Norberto Bobbio, he was co-director of Rivista di filosofia.
He set out his philosophy in La struttura dell'esistenza (1939) and called for a change in philosophy's outlook in his 3-volume Storia della filosofia (2d ed. 1963).
Abbagnano's philosophy was defined by himself "positive existentialism". His "philosophy of possible" condemned other existentialists for either denying human possibility or exaggerating it. In his later work he tended to adopt a more naturalistic and scientific approach to philosophy.
Some of his writings were translated into English in Critical Existentialism (ed. by Nino Langiulli, 1969).
Le sorgenti irrazionali del pensiero (1923)
La fisica nuova. Fondamenti di una nuova teoria della scienza (1934)
Introduzione all'esistenzialismo (1942)
History of Philosophy (3 volumes, 1946-1950)
L'esistenzialismo positivo ("The Positive Existentialism", 1948)
Possibilità e libertà ("Possibility and Liberty", 1956)
Storia della filosofia (1966)
Dizionario di filosofia (1987)