Augusto Ponzio, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Theory of Languages at University of
Bari “Aldo Moro”, is a renown Italian semiotician and philosopher.
He has made a significant contribution as editor and translator to the dissemination of the ideas of Peter of
Spain, Mikhail Bakhtin, Emmanuel Lévinas, Karl Marx, Ferruccio Rossi-Landi, Adam Schaff and Thomas
Albert Sebeok, in Italy and abroad. Augusto Ponzio has authored the first monographs ever on a worldwide
level on of Emmanuel Lévinas, Mikhail Bakhtin and Adam Schaff. Each of these monographs has been
translated and reworked over the years and presented in new enlarged editions.
ùHe has promoted the Italian translation of numerous works by Mikhail Bakhtin and members of the Bakhtin
Circle, including Valentin N. Voloshinov and Pavel N. Medvedev, and others. Augusto Ponzio has also
contributed to Karl Marx studies in Italy and in 1975 published the Italian edition of his Mathematical
Among his numerous publications he has authored over a hundred monographs. The most recent
include: The Dialogic Nature of Sign, Ottawa, Legas, 2006; The I Questioned: Emmanuel Levinas and
the critique of Occidental reason , Subject Matters, special edition, vol. 3, 1, 2006; Fundamentos da
Filosofia da linguagem, with Susan Petrilli, Petrópolis (Brasil), Vozes, 2007; Semiotics Today. From
Global Semiotics to Semioethics, with Susan Petrilli, Ottawa, Legas, 2007; Scrittura, dialogo e alterità.
Tra Bachtin e Lévinas, Bari, Palomar, 2008; Lineamenti di Semiotica e di filosofia del linguaggio, with
Susan Petrilli, Bari, Graphi, 2008; Emmanuel Levinas, Globalisation, and Preventive Peace, Ottawa,
Legas, 2009; Da dove verso dove. La parola altra nella comunicazione globale, Perugia, Edizioni
Guerra, 2009; L’Ècoute de l’autre, Parigi L’Harmattan, 2009; Rencontre de parole, Paris, Baudry et Cie,
2010; In altre parole, 2011. Fuori luogo. L’esorbitante nella riproduzione dell’identico, Milan, Mimesis,
2012. With Susan Petrilli he has introduced the concept of Semioethics, now the title of an
Italian monograph of 2003, Semioetica (English translation forthcoming) and of an essay commissioned by
Paul Cobley for The Routledge Companion to Semiotics, 2010.
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