The “History of Ideas” section includes those professors and scholars who work for the¬†DAFIST and consider¬†an historical approach as fundamental¬†for¬†doing¬†philosophy, especially with respect to moral and religious questions. This section is linked to the studies of Philosophical Anthropology, Moral Philosophy, History of¬†Christianity, History of Philosophy (Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern). Among the main research topics: the thought of Saint Anselm, Aristotle, Saint Bonaventure, V. Gioberti, J. Maritain, J.H. Newman, I. Murdoch, A. Rosmini, E. Stein,¬†Saint Thomas Aquinas, Francisco de Vitoria; the relationship between natural law and virtues; the Virtue Ethics and Epistemology; the theory of action (G. E. M. Anscombe, in particular); the analytical philosophy of religion.

Several¬†scholars in the¬†“History of Ideas” section have deep research connections with many Italian and international universities, institutions, and research centers. Among others:¬†Centro di Etica Generale e Applicata¬†(Almo Collegio Borromeo, Pavia), Fondazione Centro Studi Campostrini (Verona),¬† Centro Internazionale di Studi Rosminiani (Stresa), ¬†Centro di Studi e Ricerche “Antonio Rosmini” (Universit√† degli Studi di Trento – Dipartimento di Lettere e Filosofia),¬†Biblioteca Rosminiana (Casa Natale Antonio Rosmini, Rovereto),¬†Cattedra Rosmini – ¬†Rosmini Institute – Philosophical Research Center,¬†Jacques Maritain Center (University of Notre Dame),¬†Stageira (University of¬†Barcelona),¬†Center for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs (St. Andrews University), Iris Murdoch Society¬†(Kingston University).

Several members of the section contributed to creating the international philosophical journal Philosophical News and are members of its editorial and scientific board.