Guido Giacomo Preparata
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in the USA, France and Italy, he completed his PhD in Political Economy and Economic History at the University of Southern California in 1998. Formerly an Associate Professor of Political Economy at the University of Washington and Fulbright Scholar to the Middle East, in 2011-12 lectured at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Vancouver, Canada) on the nature of violence, and the psychology and sociology of criminal behavior and presently a lecturer in the Social Sciences at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy.
Areas of Study
Economics • Criminology • Political Economy & Public Policy • Economic History • Monetary
Economics • History of Economic Thought • International Relations • Political Philosophy
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Guido Giacomo Preparata is engaged in redefining and reshaping the meaning of research in the social sciences. His desire is to see the study of social phenomena free from the rationalistic fanaticism (be it Liberal or Postmodern) that holds sway over the halls of western academia.
This project of redefinition does not translate into the aspiration, say, to de-mathematize the discipline entirely and/or suffuse it, instead, with reverie and open-ended esoteric disquisitions. Rather, the objective is to rethink these matters with the fundamental humility and sense of wonder that issue from the basic ignorance of our ultimate provenance and significance as human and social creatures.
This means that the first principle the analysis should abide by is realism. Within the acknowledgement that there is world out there –of people and matter—, that in its essential cast, is not humanity’s creation, one should also recognize the existence of a manifold of spiritual forces acting “behind” it. The categorization and description of such forces, of the fashion in which they have, if at all, evolved, or succeeded one another in a general flux of transformation –what we also call “history”— should be the main focus of the exploration.
Specifically, mathematics –i.e. dynamics— may be of help in representing the transition from short-range individual routines to, say, aggregative motions, such as institutional change or alternatively, seditions. History provides the phenomenology of the science, and stylistically, the narrative of the new social science should attempt to capture the abovementioned sense of wonder also by rediscovering aesthetics, poetics, la belle écriture, and—why not?— the baroque pleasure of painting language with tints and veneers as viscous and saturated as one wishes.