The Turinese philosopher and social thinker Felice Balbo (1913-1964) played a leading role in some of the most interesting experiences of Italian political and cultural history since WWII. He was a close collaborator of Giulio Einaudi at this latter’s publishing house (since 1942), then a prestigious member of the Catholic-communist group started by Franco Rodano and Adriano Ossicini (1943-1945) and an Italian Communist party representative until a clamorous break-up (1945-1950). He eventually gave life to a laboratory of studies and cultural action on the main problems of Italian society over the postwar reconstruction and economic miracle. Thereby he became one of the most prominent point of reference for Christian-Democrat left wing, alongside and in parallel to Giuseppe Dossetti.
In his philosophical reflection, Balbo tried to shape a new anthropology, able to go over the ideologies failed along with WWII. He approached thomism and “philosophy of being” in a original way, namely as the fitting tools to interpret and rebuild the modern thought. The biographical research on him is chiefly aimed to get the contexts within which Balbo moved from time to time, according to the persuasion that his path is emblematic of an entire season of Italian political culture.