Pier Cesare Bori (Casale Monferrato, 3 February 1937 – Bologna, 4 November 2012) was a professor of religious history, moral philosophy, and multiculturalism at the University of Bologna. He was also a leading Italian Quaker and Tolstoy scholar. For many years he kept a writing studio in Livergnano near Bologna.




Pier Cesare Bori studied jurisprudence, theology and biblical studies, and in 1970 became a professor at the ‘Alma Mater Studiorum’, the University of Bologna, holding the position of professor of “History of Christianity and the Churches” in the Faculty of Political Science, and teaching also “Moral Philosophy” and “Human rights in an era of globalization.”

Director of the “Masters Degree Program in human rights and humanitarian intervention,” he held the position of “visiting professor” in the United States, Tunisia, and in Japan.

Pier Cesare Bori is a late notable published scholar of Tolstoy. He wrote the introduction to War & Preace by Tolstoy, was featured in an article in L’Espresso, and had an extensive obituary in La Repubblica newspaper:

“A life for human rights has been turned off Pier Cesare Bori A few days ago, the appointment of the UNESCO Chair for religious pluralism and peace had said, “I’ll do what my health will allow me.” In his last will he asked for: “Silence, meditation and not speeches.” The family mentioned in the funeral notice ad: “Killed by asbestos” (he died from a mesothelioma caused by asbestos poisoning).

He had just been appointed holder of the UNESCO Chair for religious pluralism and peace.

He arrived in Bologna in the ’70s, called by Giuseppe Alberigo Institute for Religious Sciences, he then followed the academic route: he was a lecturer until 1970 covering the post of Professor of the History of Christianity and the Church in political science, also teaching moral philosophy and human rights in globalization. He was Director, with Professor Gustavo Gozzi, the Masters in human rights and humanitarian intervention, he was a visiting professor in the U.S., Japan and Tunisia.

Among his writings, the early Church (Paideia, 1974), The Golden Calf (Basic Books, 1983 ), The Interpretation infinite (Princeton, 1987). His research of Lev Tolstoy is summarized in The Other Tolstoy (Princeton), and in the translation from the Russian by Thoughts for each day (Editions Culture of Peace).

Pier Cesare Bori was a known scholar of the discourse on human dignity of Pico della Mirandola, a Renaissance figure.

Bori was born in Casale in 1937, he studied jurisprudence, theology, and biblical studies. On ethics intercultural published “For an ethical consensus between cultures” (Edward Arnold 1995) and “For ethical path between cultures” (New Italy 1996). From the experience with his students in prisons was born the book “lamp themselves.”

Political science colleagues remembered him with pain. “For me it was a teacher,” says the director of the Department Fabio Giusberti. “I’m losing a friend as well as a great scholar,” says Gustavo Gozzi, the teacher who has worked alongside Bori for years on the issue of human rights, first with an undergraduate degree and then with the master. “It ‘a huge loss, its contribution has always been extraordinary as evidenced by the many students who followed him and international awards. A magnificent life, his, marked by the encounter between cultures and civilizations.” “A person who has always polite to peace and free search of spiritual fulfillment, “adds his friend and colleague touched Titian Bonazzi.(UTC)


1. Oration on the Dignity of Man (1486) 2. 3. From Hermeneutics to Ethical Consensus Among Cultures (South Florida-Rochester-St. Louis Studies in Religion and the Social Order) [Hardcover] 4.The Golden Calf and the Origins of the Anti-Jewish Controversy: translated by David Ward (Studies in the History of Judaism) 5. L’altro Tolstoj (Intersezioni) (Italian Edition) Paperback 6. Gandhi e Tolstoj: Un carteggio e dintorni (Intersezioni) (Italian Edition) Paperback 7. L’interpretazione infinita: L’ermeneutica cristiana antica e le sue trasformazioni (Saggi) (Italian Edition) Paperback 8. La Madonna di San Sisto di Raffaello: Studi sulla cultua russa (Ricerca) (Italian Edition) Paperback 9. Per un consenso etico tra culture: Tesi sulla lettura secolare delle scritture ebraico-cristiane (Testi e studi del CISEC) (Italian Edition) 10. Tolstoj: Oltre la letteratura, 1875-1910 (Enciclopedia della pace) (Italian Edition) Paperback

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