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Professor of theoretical philosophy at the University of Padua, Franco Chiereghin has devoted his scholarly career to studies of the works of Plato, St. Augustine, Spinoza, and the philosophers associated with German Idealism, particularly Kant and Hegel, as well as the thought of the modern philosophers Friedrich Nietzsche and Martin Heidegger. The thematic focus of his writing has been on concepts of being and truth and of space and time—and, in particular, the relationship of these concepts, both scientifically and philosophically, to the link between time and history, to human possibilities and human limitations, and to the connection between perception and thought. A graduate of Padua, where he earned a Ph.D. in philosophy summa cum laude in 1959, he joined the faculty of his alma mater after taking his degree and in 1965 was appointed a professor of the philosophy of religion. He was named a professor of the history of philosophy in 1973, a post he held until he was appointed to his present position twenty years later. Dr. Chiereghin has led an international research group that focuses on the influence of German classical philosophy on contemporary issues. In addition to publishing numerous articles in academic journals, he directed the translation of Hegel’s Encyclopedia of Philosophical Sciences into Italian and is the author of ten books, including: Possibilità e limiti dell’agire umano (1990); Il problema della libertà in Kant (1991); La “Fenomenologia dello spirito” di Hegel: Introduzione alla lettura (1994), a work translated into Portuguese; and Dall’antropologia all’etica: All’origine della domanda sull’uomo (1997). His latest study, Tempo e storia: Aristotele, Hegel, Heidegger, was published by Il Poligrafo in 2000.