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Summary of the theses

The following are the abstracts of the theses deposited with the foundation They can be accessed by clicking on the name of the author:

Amidani, Anna Maria
Faith and history in Giorgio La Pira / Graduation thesis

Supervisor: Prof. Ubaldo Pellegrino
Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Brescia – Faculty of Education, academic year. 1984 – 85

The first chapter stresses the presence of God in history not as an occasional presence but the guiding light for mankind. The second chapter analyses the relationship between God and man throughout history. The third chapter examines “evil and sin throughout history”. In the last chapter the aim of history begins to appear; along its long road, history will witness the unfolding of a plan; the road will certainly not be smooth or without problems but the goal of all mankind is one and one alone – to be admitted into the House of God.

Antonielli, Antonello
Germination and coherence in Giorgio La Pira / Graduation thesis

Supervisor: Prof. Luigi Lomabardi Vallauri
University of Florence – Faculty of Law, academic year 1983 - 84

This thesis is part of a broader work that also includes Antonio Antonielli’s thesis. By making use of tools presently available and drawing from most of the unpublished works owned by private individuals or bodies, the general objective is to outline the basic philosophical-juridical ideals of Giorgio La Pira. This approach stemmed from the fact that most of the wealth of existing material focused on certain specific aspects instead of perhaps ever taking a broader view of his concept of law and its relation to his metaphysical convictions. The time span examined is limited to the years 1922-23 to1937-38.

Antonielli, Antonello
La Pira Mayor: the first period of governing Florence (1951-1954) / Graduation thesis

Supervisor: Ugo De Siervo
University of Florence – Faculty of Political Science, academic year 1986-87

This work was funded by the scholarship entitled “La Pira, the witness of time, the administrator, the politician” tendered by the Dairy Centre of Florence and Pistoia and was published by Cultura, Florence 1987.

Baldini, Giancarlo
The role of Florence as a meeting place of peace for religions and peoples in the thought of Giorgio La Pira / Graduation thesis

Supervisor: Prof. Luigi Lotti
University of Florence – Faculty of Political Science, academic year 1986 – 1987

This work draws on the writings and speeches of the mayor of Florence from 5 July 1951 when he entered Palazzo Vecchio until 30 July 1965 when he gave his last speech to the town council as former mayor. The first part analyses La Pira’s concept of the role of Florence. The second part examines the vocation of cities in general with an eye in particular to Jerusalem, Athens and Rome. The third part looks at Florence and its artistic and architectural beauty, an attraction for all peoples. The last part is dedicated to the historical, political and religious role of Florence as an active creator of peace and bridges, a source of illumination by examining concrete historical facts and assessing their significance and consequences they had then, still have today and will have in the future.

Barbetti, Gioietta
La Pira Mayor of Florence from 1960 to 1964 / Graduation thesis

Supervisor Prof. Domenico Maselli
University of Florence – Faculty of Education, academic year 1982 – 83

This thesis continues the work begun by Daniela Bonea and Giovanna Ini, and looks at the last period of La Pira’s period in politics not counting his tardy standing as a candidate shortly before his death. The core of the research focuses on when he governed the city as mayor in his second term of office.

Bonea, Daniela
Giorgio La Pira: thinker and Catholic activist from his beginnings in university teaching to the Constituent Assembly / Graduation thesis

Supervisor: Prof. Domenico Maselli
University of Florence – Faculty of Education, academic year 1977 – 1978

The religious moment was undoubtedly fundamental and determinant in the personality of Giorgio La Pira; this work seeks to grasp how this religious thought developed and its dialectics with civilian society of the first period of his activity up till the conclusion of the of the Constituent Assembly. The author attempts to distance herself from current thought by analysing documents firsthand.

Bonora, Augusto
The “Christian” assumption of political commitment: the example of Giorgio La Pira / Baccalaureate thesis

Moderator: Prof. Franco Brambilla
Archbishopric Seminary of Milan - Section of the Faculty of North Italian Divinity, Venegono Inferiore, academic year 1986 – 1987

The first part of the work analyses the life of Giorgio La Pira as a man of his time beginning with the Messina period through every phase onwards. The second part examines the topic theme more deeply, analysing his political commitment the development of which was based on his faith.

Borgogni, Tiziana
The La Pira administration, 1951 – 1965 / Graduation thesis

Supervisor: Prof. Luigi Lotti
University of Florence -  Faculty of Political Science, academic year 1976 – 1977

La Pira, first elected in 1951 with no large following either in the city or the party, was later (1975) to explain his decision saying “this was my way of seeking to give a home, a job and health care to those who had none”. These were undoubtedly the main objectives of his activity, and the continual pursuit of social improvement was the theme of his two terms in office. The work analyses the accomplishments of successive town governments from 1951 to 1965 from an administrative perspective without, however, losing sight of the more political aspect, national, local and international, which was always prominent but only directly applied to the city of Florence.

Brunelli, Lucio
The youth of Giorgio La Pira (the reasons behind diversity) / Graduation thesis

Supervisor:
University of Rome – Faculty of Political Science, academic year 1978 – 79

The original idea behind this research project on La Pira’s youth was to launch (with no claim to definitiveness) an examination on “the faith” of La Pira not in the intrinsic or sentimental sense, but as the key for understanding the heart of his personality as a man of the church and of politics. Indeed, every attempt at an ideological approach has stumbled on its own inability to understand the “fact” that his diversity of nature has always placed him outwith the canons of traditional classifications. The choice of the period of his youth was based on the discovery that La Pira did not spend his early youth in Catholic circles but experienced his first Easter as a Christian at the age of twenty in Messina in 1924, and that in those years La Pira was developing the human and Christian personality that the years in Florence only exalted, providing it with a more adequate context for carrying out the mission that he felt called to in society.

Buttiglione, Marina
Giorgio La Pira’s Florence years (1926-1944) / Graduation thesis

Supervisor: Gabriele De Rosa
University of Rome – Faculty of Arts, academic year 1979 - 80

The idea of writing a biography of La Pira, even one limited to his years in Florence does not stem from mere curiosity but from seeking a deeper insight into the idealistic drive of this unique Christian who, in the eyes of many, was living an anachronistic dream. He himself, on the other hand, felt deeply rooted in the civil society of his country, not only in its religious one. This work comes from the wish to seek the deep reason, the origins of Giorgio La Pira’s human and political experience. His development on a personal and religious level is gone into in greater depth, giving lesser prominence to its insertion and assessment within the broader context.

Caliari, Oriana
Silence and the word in the thought of Giorgio La Pira / Graduation thesis

Supervisor: Prof. Giuseppe Beschin
University of Trento – Faculty of Arts, academic year. 1992 – 1993

The work sheds light on one of Giorgio la Pira’s most striking characteristics, his spirituality, his being a ”painstaking chronicler of the world”. In diagnosing contemporary society, La Pira attributed many of the ills that afflict the world to superficiality and human absent mindedness. If, instead, mankind took more care, he remarked, and resumed conferring worth to silent meditation on the worth of things it could really make a new worthwhile mark on the course of history once more.

Cascioli, Riccardo
Blessed be the peace workers: Giorgio La Pira and the international conferences on  peace and Christian civilisation” (1952-1956)

Supervisor: Prof. Piero Melograni
University of Perugia, Institute of Political Studies – Faculty of Political Science academic year 1981 – 82

An essential definition of Giorgio La Pira could only be “man of peace”. Indeed his legacy is that every person’s ultimate need is peace, and that his/her responsibility to history is to build it. The thesis, therefore, begins from this; on the one hand understanding the centre-point around which all La Pira’s thought and work revolved and, on the other, seeing how he himself turned his intuition into action by his first foray at international level to verifying his “working hypothesis”. The thesis is structured to mirror this approach.

Celata, Alberto
Keynesianism and the question of full employment in post WWII Catholic thought: the thoughts of Giorgio La Pira / Graduation thesis

Supervisor: Prof. Piero Roggi
University of Florence. Faculty of Economics, academic year. 1991 - 1992

This work sets out to illustrate the role played by La Pira as a supporter of Keynesian theories in the immediate post-WWII scenario of Catholic politicians and economists. It also intends to show how Catholic circles were initially more open to studying and applying the general Keynesian theory to the Italian economy in the post-WWII years while those of a more specifically economic nature were advocating a more liberalist line.

Celli, Renata
Giorgio La Pira and the Principî journal / Graduation thesis

Supervisor: Prof. Giorgio Campanini
University of Parma – Faculty of Education, academic year 1981 – 82

This work stems from the wish to understand the real reason behind La Pira’s human and political ideals, their “genesis” as he himself defined it. There is no celebratory intent but merely a desire to go beyond appearances and understand what it was that lit the way along his complex human, spiritual and political pathway. The 1930s are acknowledged as the most significant for the post-war social and political ideas that La Pira is best known for. These were the years when the Catholic culture was taking shape, of La Pira’s first apostolate, and when he fought his first political battles. They are the crucial years for understanding the “core” of his personality as a man of the church and a man of politics. His studies at this time concentrated on written works in which Thomism, emerged as “the foundations of his thought”, highlighting their originality and affinity.

Fabbri, Riccardo
Material for comparison in the juridical-political thought of Giorgio La Pira / Graduation thesis

Supervisor: Prof. Rocco Buttiglione
University of Urbino – Faculty of Law academic year. 1979 – 80

The title word “material” stands for the incompleteness of a work and the offer of a deeper understanding of the figure of La Pira, by contrast to interpretative criteria and avenues of research,. After a religious-apostolic profile, the first part attempts to describe the concept of La Pira’s Weltanschauung by the books which lie at the base of all his social and political work. The second part examines his teaching and scientific activity as professor of Roman Law, opponent of Fascism, member of the Constituent Assembly, Mayor of Florence and international ambassador of peace.

Fioravanti, Paolo
Theology of history in Giorgio La Pira / Baccalaureate thesis

Supervisor: Prof. Giordano Frosini
Pontifical Gregorian University, Florence School of Divinity affiliated to the Faculty of Divinity academic year 1986 – 1987

The focal point of La Pira’s theological reflection was the definition of the ultimate goal in order to identify the path to follow. He had always been an eager scholar of the “sense” of history as a means of understanding its purpose and the direction it was moving in. La Pira’s view was that we can neither understand nor comprehend our time in terms of how facts and events unfold without knowing the underlying drive of history and its direction. This was where his interest arose and his resorting to theology as a valuable, indispensable means for reading and discovering the “hidden plan” that the history of the world is built on and to which political action must be tailored to serve.

Fragale, Franco
Religion, politics, institutions: the works of Giorgio La Pira Mayor of Florence / Graduation thesis

Supervisor: Prof. Pietro Fantozzi
University of Calabria – Faculty of Economics, academic year1993 – 1994

The aim of this work is to highlight the aspects of the La Pira city government that made it so very contemporary if not in a way innovative compared to the present day. The question is how did Giorgio La Pira’s Christian ethics affect his work as mayor. The objective of this analysis is to ascertain the characteristics of administrative politics and the consequences they have on the institutions and in finding the answer to concrete issues. La Pira’s commitment to administer coherently with the principles of the Gospels had the effect of creating an objective common good, namely the development of the city and an improvement in the living conditions of everyone. There does seem, however to be a marked contrast between Christian ethics and certain rules for wielding political power. Is it possible to govern a community according to principles of charity, service, solidarity, and love for one’s neighbour? What transformation did La Pira bring about to the institutions?

Gentiloni Silveri, Francesco
Giorgio La Pira Mayor of Florence 1951 – 1957: a bridge between Catholics and Communists  / Graduation thesis

Supervisor: Prof. Franco De Felice
“La Sapienza” University of Roma  – Faculty of Arts academic year 1993 – 1994

In the 1950s La Pira sowed what in the 60s was to bear such generous fruit – this project analyses the years between 1951 – 1957, ignoring the later events in which La Pira was a leading player. From the very outset, the mayor believed in a new, unique project, namely to focus national and international attention on cities and not merely states. Building bridges was the driving force of the mayor towards his objectives. The theme of bridges is the leit motiv of this two-fold investigation. The first part dwells on the reality of the city of Florence and the issue of employment in particular. The second examines the great many significant initiatives the mayor launched from 1951 onwards at international level.

Guidi, Carlo A.
La Pira’s mission to Hanoi / Graduation thesis

Supervisor: Prof. Alberto Ponsi
University of Florence – Faculty of Arts, academic year 1979 – 80

Was it foreseeable that La Pira’s attempt to bring the opposing sides to the negotiating table was doomed by being premature, ingenuous and already tried unsuccessfully? These question and objections are the starting point in the quest to understand the “non success” of the La Pira-Primicerio “survey” and whether an attentive analysis of the sources available at the time would have realistically envisaged this outcome. The work examines the facts and news emerging from the places involved in the decision-making and actual fighting and reaches a conclusion that provides a complete and realistic answer as to the likelihood of a peaceful solution as matters stood in the Autumn of 1965. There were three man factors to consider: firstly the political situation in South Vietnam , the military activity between the parties at war, and international pressure for a negotiated settlement. Added to this there was a intuited but un-proved “vagueness” on the part of Labour MP William Warbey between a formal willingness for talks and a drive to heighten the pressure of the war.

Madonna, Rosalinda
Personalism and  the sense of history in Giorgio La Pira / Graduation thesis

Supervisor: Prof. Francesco Botturi
Catholic University of the Sacred Heart – Faculty of Arts, Milan academic year 1982 – 83

The scope of this work is to examine the more philosophical and theological aspects of Giorgio La Pira’s political and social work, significant and fundamental as they are since they constitute the theoretical background and anchor points for his thought and also especially for his life. The work examines the concept of the person, of society, of the State, of the universal society and therefore of history. For La Pira, the single interpretative key of these lay in his faith, and their support came from an identifiable religious vision of God as the Supreme Being and Maker of All Things.

Magi, Pier Francesco
The evolution of G. La Pira’s juridical philosophy from his studies in Roman and Natural Law to the proposals of constitutional architecture / Graduation thesis

Supervisor: Prof. Piero Fiorelli
University of Florence – Faculty of Law, academic year 1981 – 82

This thesis sets out to be a reasoned, historically-based reconstruction of Giorgio La Pira’s idea of the relationship between law, State and society. It seeks to render the exact meaning of La Pira’s annunciations when this was implicit but not yet immediately clear. The historic frame provides a background for the theoretical analysis in order that the more real dimension can be properly understood. The first chapter explains how Roman law gave La Pira a sense of the order and the architectural harmony of juridical construction; principles few in number but with far-reaching effects. The second chapter examines La Pira’s concept of natural law as a requirement of rational normativism intrinsic to man in order to ensure justice.
The third and fourth chapters reconstruct La Pira’s thought on the relationship between law State and society in the light of the first part. The two concepts are thus explained – that of the person and that of the social body from which La Pira draws the juridical consequences of the State and of society.

Maiorano, Luca
Giorgio La Pira and Islam / Graduation thesis

Supervisor: Prof. Andrea Milano
Federico II University of Naples – Faculty of Arts, academic year 2003 -2004

The objective of this research project is to focus on the reflection and the consequent “prophetic” acts of Giorgio la Pira in the perspective of a peaceful Mediterranean by reunifying the three branches of the “family of Abraham”, Jews Christians and Muslims, and in particular to strengthen the relationship that La Pira perceived between Christianity and Islam.
It begins, therefore, with a historiographic introduction on everything that has been written about Giorgio La Pira and his relationship with Islam. The first chapter is dedicated to the essential facts of the life of the mayor of Florence, on into chapter two. Then, still in chronological-biographical order, there follows an analysis of the international relationships – the several peace and friendship initiatives among all nations and religions promoted vigorously by La Pira especially during his term as mayor of Florence.

Mauri, Maria
Giorgio La Pira. A modern-day view of theology of history / Diploma thesis for “Expert in Pastoral Matters and Spirituality”

Supervisor: Prof. Brovetto P. C.
Lombardy Regional Institute for Pastoral Studies, three year course 1983 – 86

A biographical presentation of the man followed by an outline of his spirituality and an in-depth historiography.

Melzi, Edoardo
The dialogue between men and cultures in Giorgio La Pira / Teaching thesis

Supervisor: Prof. Gianni Colzani
College of Religious Science, Milan, academic year 1991 – 1992

The thesis explores three avenues: the biblical roots of dialogue, the role of Florence in the dialogue between men and culture, and the question of theology of history and geography of grace.
In the first chapter, the search for the biblical and philosophical roots of the concept of dialogue in Giorgio La Pira’s unveils the vastness of his interests and a cultural substratum which was anything but monotonous. The second examines the fundamental role played by Florence on the world stage, analysing the peace conferences and the Christian civilisation, as well as the major theme of cities. Lastly, the third chapter outlines the characteristics of La Pira’s Christ-centrism on which the theology of history is based. It briefly analyses the shifts in international relations during the 1960s caused by the appearance of new players and it clarifies the issue of the geography of grace.

Milani, Davide
Giorgio La Pira mayor of the world. Development and action / Baccalaureate thesis

Moderator: Prof. Eros Monti
Archbishopric Seminary of Milan - Section of the Faculty of North Italian Divinity, Venegono Inferiore, academic year 1999 – 2000

The work examines the stages of the development of the mayor of Florence as basis for a proper description of his peace missions abroad, taking account of the person, the people he frequented and the ideas he cultivated. A chapter is devoted to the importance in his thought of faith and of vocation.

Nardi, Dino
Giorgio La Pira’s contribution to drafting the Constitution of the Republic of Italy / Graduation thesis

Supervisor: Prof. Enzo Cheli
University of Florence – Faculty of Law, academic year 1978 – 1979

The short lapse of time between the official fall of Fascism and the summoning of the Constituent Assembly as the first step in building a new Italy highlighted the extent of the antifascist movement which we know had its roots partly in pre-Fascism but also partly in growing and developing during the twenty years of Fascist rule.
Giorgio La Pira belonged to the latter group and thus the roots and genesis of his thought are to be found in years still far from his contribution to the Constituent Assembly of between 1930 and 1946when the Assembly was convened.

Palazzolo, Michele
The genesis of the system and Roman Law in the thought of Giorgio La Pira / Graduation thesis

Supervisor: Prof. G. Nicosia
University of Catania – Faculty of Law, academic year 1981 – 82

It is widely thought that he was first and foremost a politician, a mystic, a prophet to the extent that his scientific production in the field of Roman Law dates to the beginnings of his university period (1930s) whereas this part of his life fell silent in later years. If we dwelled on these superficial, external facts we would undoubtedly share common opinion, but not even this would explain why La Pira’s production on the subject was marginalised. It is in any case mistaken to limit his importance as a scholar of Roman Law to the years of his scientific production; he was still a university professor and his personal meditation and studies continued up to the last years of his life despite not producing written works. Common belief has it, therefore, that La Pira was first and foremost a scholar of Roman law, an historian enthralled by that system, who had created categories and concepts that were timeless. This mindset that he had created for himself from Roman Law, this taste for unity and perfection, so characteristic of it was the cornerstone of all his work as a politician, prophet of peace and man.

Pecchioli, Lori
The figure of La Pira, mayor of Florence in Italian bibliography 1986-1990 / Graduation thesis

Supervisor : Prof. Domenico Maselli
University of Florence – Faculty of Education, academic year 1990 - 1991

This thesis examines works written between 1986 and 1990 on one of the most controversial figures of the history of Italy and Florence in the years immediately after World War II. When he was alive he was the cause of extremely heated dispute appearing to some as a saint and prophet and to others a dangerous and incurable dreamer who then dabbled in politics. First and foremost his role as mayor is examined. The second chapter takes a step back seeking the explanation for wishing to govern Florence. His adolescence and youth are analysed so as to understand the cultural and moral background of the man and to pinpoint the birth of Thomism, the characteristic language, gesticulatory no less than verbal that was the hallmark of the mayor-professor.

Pedone, Anna Maria
Giorgio La Pira administrator and politician (1951 – 1956) / Graduation thesis

Supervisor: Ugo Spadoni
University of Pisa – Faculty of Political Science, academic year 1986 – 87

It is believed that La Pira’s personality shone brightest in the area of government when he was able to apply his political convictions to original ends. He made Florence into an “experimental workshop” in local government and this, together with his initiatives on the international stage, was the most interesting aspect of his political activity. It was probably only through La Pira, and only in local government, that Dossetti’s followers saw their utopian dream coming partly true.

Piva, Lorenzo
Man, Kingdom, Church, amidst history and escaton in Giorgio La Pira (1904 – 1977) / PhD dissertation

Supervisors: Prof. Antón, Prof. Giacomo Martina
Pontifical Gregorian University, Faculty of Divinity, Rome, 1994

The primary, general objective of the dissertation is to identify and examine the theological terrain on which the reflections and industriousness of Giorgio La Pira took root. It sheds light on the content of La Pira’s theological meditations stressing their absolute originality and fertility. The human events of the charismatic mayor of Florence are viewed from this standpoint as a means of understanding his thought on man and on the Kingdom, the Church and on the world, on eschatology and the theology of history. The dissertation explores three avenues for its theological investigation: the anthropological, the ecclesiological and the eschatological – three avenues which were always affected by the “history-escaton” tension.

Putignano, Bruno
Philosophy and mysticism in Giorgio La Pira / Graduation thesis

Supervisor: Prof. Giovanni Invitto
University of Lecce – Faculty of Education, academic year 1983 – 84

As has been rightly said, La Pira cannot be understood without taking his faith as a starting point. La Pira’s view was that being a man of faith meant living in close harmony with God, in a union in which “the Church is in Christ like a Sacrament” as stated in Chapter 1.1. of Lumen Gentium. What distinguished La Pira was both the depth of his faith and how it emerged in his personality in which there were also conflicting features and even tendencies which taken separately were anything but praiseworthy. This heterogeneous complexity found its binding force in faith. Without faith, La Pira’s personality would have been destructured, devoid of an interior principle of synthesis and expression.

Rizzo, Alessandro
The issue of peace and justice in the thought of  Giorgio La Pira / Graduation thesis

Supervisor: Prof. Antonino Poppi
University of Padua – Faculty of Arts, academic year 1984 – 85

The aim is to explain the rational, philosophical aspects of La Pira’s thought without altogether losing sight of certain biblical-theological concepts such as faith, hope, grace and glory. The object of the thesis is La Pira’s vision of the problem of peace and justice, but not before looking at the necessary theoretical premises. This takes us from the human person and the wrongs it has been subjected to, according to La Pira the main schools of modern philosophical thought. This leads to the responses that LaPira gives to certain fundamental questions such as “what is the person?”,  “what value does it have?” “what structure does it possess?” “is its nature free and social?” Only then is the real issue of the investigation addressed, why is there no peace or justice without man and especially, these are valuable qualities of the life of mankind.

Romagnuolo, Raffaele
La Pira, prophet of peace, builder of the city of man / Teaching thesis

Supervisor: Prof. Italo Stella
Pontifical University of the Holy Cross – Faculty of Divinity – Apollinaire College of Religious Science, Rome, 1994 – 1995

From research into the construction of the city of man and of peace in the thought of Giorgio La Pira, to the conclusion that the mystical experience of the Risen Christ, the pole of attraction for individual human beings as well as entire peoples, is the event that catalyses his entire work and thought. The metaphysical aspects that La Pira examines in his Thomistic studies highlights the vocation that every man has to meeting God; this ultimate destiny of the human person constitutes an important point on which to dialogue with exponents of other religious confessions. In this quest for convergence of all peoples, the descendents of Abraham play a major role – Jews, Muslims, and Christians – bound together by a common heritage namely to recognise the centrality of Christ.
Politics, too, feel the attraction of Christ; authentic builders construct the city of man and Christian civilisation with an eye turned to the city of God, counting on the prayer and contemplation of monasteries and convents. It is a healthy policy that takes the common good as its compass and is based on recognising the worth of the human being.

Sorgia, Anna Rosa
The influence of Thomism in the thought and work of Giorgio La Pira / Baccalaureate Thesis

Supervisor: Prof. Angela Serci
Institute of Religious Sciences, Iglesias, 1996 – 1997

The aim of this work is to understand the strength that lay in the thought and work of Giorgio La Pira, upheld by great intensity of faith and nourished by prayer and philosophical-theological reflection. In this he was aided by his master Tommaso who witnessed his continuous commitment to justice and peace not merely within the horizon of the city of Florence but at national and international level. The Christian viewpoint of the man and the doctrine of the Church were the constant guides that accompanied La Pira on his path, beginning with his youth, during his years as professor of Roman Law, his fight against Fascism, his responsibility as member of the Constituent Assembly  and in the mission of his quest for peace and unity in the world.

Spagli, Sandro
The political culture of Giorgio La Pira / Graduation Thesis

Supervisor: Prof. Sergio Caruso
University of Florence – Faculty of Political Science, Florence, academic year 1992 – 1993

The objective is to reconstruct a sort of “philosophical dictionary” making use of Giorgio La Pira’s most significant writings; identifying the most cited (or criticised) authors and those who influenced his thought and his Weltanschauung Tables are used to illustrate the frequency of these citations which are taken from the most significant political works of La Pira’s thought, excludng the purely religious, contemplative and juridical works. The most significant works examined include Principi, Premesse della politica, La nostra vocazione sociale, Architettura di uno stato democratico and L’attesa della povera gente.
The theoretical bases of this thought are already visible in some of the main works that La Pira produced as Fascism was drawing to a close which were published immediately after the war; in the years that followed he simply put these theoretical bases into political practice. No more works of theoretical exploration or of political philosophy appear to have been written after the period of the Constituent Assembly when La Pira was involved in politics first hand.

Stringhini, Natalino
The person and the State in the thought of Giorgio La Pira (1930 – 1950) / Graduation Thesis

Supervisor: Prof. Luigi Lombardi Vallauri
Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan – Faculty of Arts, academic year 1981-82

La Pira was one of the members of the Constituent Assembly who most influenced the drafting of the Constitution with an ideological and technical contribution of great worth. The intention of this work of research is to trace the evolution of Giorgio La Pira’s cultural development without losing sight of the issues involved in the terms of “person” and “State”. Special attention is focused on the written works prior to the fortunate moment of the Constituent Assembly because the ideas and convictions that developed in this period which for a variety of reasons were still largely untried, were crucial to his development and to a truly in-depth, detailed understanding of the decisions he made during his lifetime. The research is conducted along three avenues which correspond to three moments of his thought. The first is when his activity was prevalently cultural, maintaining the incompatibility between Christianity and totalitarian ideas and practices. The second is the shift to positivism of research into the answers adequate to the major crisis that was gripping civilisation and European society. The third examines how within the sometimes heated dialogue-debate with the other members of the Constituent Assembly, he proceeded to translate his outlook into the architecture of the new social contract.

Tonini, Francesca
The years of Giorgio La Pira’s youth: his cultural education, his conversion, his university vocation / Graduation thesis

Supervisor: Prof. Mario Belardinelli
University of Rome – Faculty of Education academic year 1984 – 1985

The objective of this work is to shed light on the years of his youth which so far have been little examined. Attention is firstly focused on the history of the early Twentieth Century and the Catholic movement in Italy and in Sicily in particular, and then it is shifted to the texts which influenced his education. Giorgio’s sister Giuseppina La Pira Angelino, and her daughter Rita Angelino were interviewed to glean more information on his childhood in Pozzallo bringing hitherto unpublished information to light which, however, is still not exhaustive. In addition to the texts of reference, the university years were analysed in examining the reports of the examining boards he faced. The author also visited Messina and contacted La Pira’s family in Pozzallo as well as the Catholic circles that La Pira frequented.

Turco, Caterina Calogera
A reading of the religious monastic life inspired by the thought of Giorgio La Pira /  Graduation thesis

Supervisor: Prof. Fabio Ciardi
Lateran Pontifical University – Institute of Divinity of the “Claretianum” Religious Life, Rome, 1989

The first chapter seeks to discover La Pira’s Christian calling by means of a detailed analysis of his life. This calling manifested itself gradually through constant, fruitful commitment within society. The links are sought between his and the religious monastic life. The second chapter is a cognitive investigation of religious life as it emerged and developed in the Church and in the world from 1920 to 1960, namely La Pira’s working years. The third chapter addresses the core of La Pira’s thought concerning religious life in order to discover its nature, its values and its objectives. The last chapter highlights the prophetic side of Giorgio La Pira’s religious life and how this takes shape within society. In this, Giorgio La Pira stands out as a bridge between secular society and the religious monastic life.

Utzeri, Nicola
The role of the state in the post WWIIl economy – the debate between Sturzo and La Pira / Graduation thesis

Supervisor: Prof. Piero Roggi
University of Florence – Faculty of Economics academic year 2004 – 2005

This work addresses the Sturzo-La Pira debate on state participation in the economy on three levels. The first can be viewed as a voyage through the Italian economy of the post-war years beginning in 1947 with De Gasperi forming his fourth government and ending in 1954, when the debate took place. Before addressing the controversy the author dwells on the economy-oriented reflections of the two statesmen, examining the theoretical roots of their thought and reviewing the most significant events through economic documents and not as a means of reconstructing the theoretical pathway towards their accomplishments.
Two opposing standpoints? This is the hard question that introduces the last chapter which re-examines recent interpretations, seeking to understand the terms the debate is assessed on half a century later.

Vezzosi, Giovanni
Edifying the Body of Christ. For a theological-spiritual vision in Giorgio La Pira / Ph.D. Dissertation

Supervisor: Prof. Innocenzo Venchi
St Thomas Aquinas Pontifical University – Faculty of Divinity, Rome academic year 1999

The objective is to rediscover and unveil the deepest aspect of La Pira’s personality by a process that starts from a single hermeneutic point, namely the Body of Christ and its edification. Man’s natural inclination is to see its unifying aim in God; indeed the dynamics that La Pira describes are typical of a movement towards unity in God in which also the work of man is seen in the light that leads to the presence of God. The author takes the main aspects of the theological pathways that La Pira followed to dwell on the principal themes of his meditation, namely the significance of the Mystic Body, his thought on the being of God and the worth of uninhabitation. The three come together rising up tending to a vision of the Trinity, indicating contemplation of it as the only end possible for the solution to the anthropological enigma. This frame develops according to the writings of La Pira and through reviewing issues which mark successive  stages.

Vieri, Gianna
Aspects and problems of the thought and actions of Giorgio La Pira (1904 – 1956) / Graduation thesis

Supervisor: Prof. Michele Ranchetti
University of Florence – Faculty of Arts academic year 1979 – 80

A reading of the works and the sources guides us through the formation of the culture, ideology and political thought of La Pira from the beginning up to the period of the Constituent Assembly and working with “Cronache Sociali”, to the two moments which according to many mark the zenith of Giorgio La Pira’s political evolution. The objective is to verify whether, and to what extent La Pira, as mayor of Florence, would have been able to put into practice in a real political setting what he had up to then theorised, in other words highlight what should have been Florence’s “mission”, an example of a “human” city and the centre of an initiative that projected values of peace, civility, and brotherhood among peoples to the whole world; while, at the same time, following the reactions that La Pira’s work was arousing in political and church circles in Florence.

Vinerba, Roberta
The moral example of the Christian in the field of politics. The example of Giorgio La Pira / Graduation thesis

Supervisor: Prof. Klaus Demmer
Gregorian Pontifical University – Faculty of Divinity, Rome, 2002 – 2003

Between nostalgia of restoration and progressive distancing from political life, Italian Catholics are searching for a place for themselves, for the significance and specificity of how they contribute to the life of the country. This work of research begins by acknowledging the widening gap between an attentive teaching of the political worth of a Christian way of life in the world and an ineffective Catholic political presence, between a past that was meaningful and a present that seems devoid of political vitality. Its objective is to reflect on the call to baptism for lay Christians to bear witness to the political charity of our time. It focuses on the consequences that a clear moral example set by a Christian political statesman can bring to bear on the more general moral stature of the baptised in the field of politics. Giorgio La Pira’s biography is examined beginning with his theological personality and moral example, a theological-moral pathway in order to discover the traits which typify a Christian statesman today who can be a point of reference and a paradigm for the moral guidance for all Christians in the field of politics.