Maria Rosa Antognazza
Born(1964-09-10)10 September 1964
Tradate, Italy
Died28 March 2023(2023-03-28) (aged 58)
Oxford, UK
  • Italian
  • British
SpouseHoward Hotson
AwardsMember of the Academia Europaea (MEA), 2022
Academic background
Alma materUniversità Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Doctoral advisorMario Sina
Academic work
Main interestsHistory of philosophy, especially Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz; epistemology, especially knowledge and belief; philosophy of religion

Maria Rosa Antognazza (10 September 1964 – 28 March 2023) was an Italian-British philosopher,[2] who was professor of philosophy at King's College London.[3]

Life and career

Antognazza was educated at the Catholic University of Milan. She held research fellowships and visiting professorships in Italy, Germany, Israel, Great Britain, Switzerland, and the USA. Among these were a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, a two-year Leverhulme Trust research fellowship, and in 2016 she was the Leibniz-Professor at the University of Leipzig. She held the 2019–2020 Mind Senior Research Fellowship for work on her book Thinking with Assent: Renewing a Traditional Account of Knowledge and Belief.[4]

Antognazza was head of the King's philosophy department from 2011/12 to 2014/15. She was the chair of the British Society for the History of Philosophy and the president of the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion.[5]

In 2010, Antognazza won the Pfizer Award from the History of Science Society for the best recently published book in the history of science: Leibniz: An Intellectual Biography (Cambridge University Press, 2008). She was elected to Leibniz Professorship at Leipzig University for the 300th Anniversary of Leibniz’s death in 2016. In 2021, she was the Scots Philosophical Association Centenary Fellow at the University of St Andrews. In 2022 she was elected Member of the Academia Europaea, Europe's transnational academic of the arts and sciences.[6]

Antognazza was married to British historian Howard Hotson with whom she raised three children: John, Sophia, and Francesca.[7] She died on 28 March 2023, aged 58.[8][9]

Selected publications


Edited volume


  1. ^ "Maria Rosa Antognazza | King's College London -". Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  2. ^ Gallardo, Cristina (28 February 2018). "My Brexit Story: From Italian to British Citizen". Research Fortnight. Archived from the original on 2 August 2020. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  3. ^ "King's College London - Professor Maria Rosa Antognazza". Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  4. ^ London, King's College (15 June 2022). "Maria Rosa Antognazza (1964-2023)". King's College London. Retrieved 5 September 2023.
  5. ^ "King's College London - Professor Maria Rosa Antognazza". Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  6. ^ "MEA member page: Maria Rosa Antognazza". Retrieved 10 April 2023.
  7. ^ Antognazza, Maria Rosa (6 October 2008). Leibniz: An Intellectual Biography (1 ed.). Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/cbo9781139012805. ISBN 978-0-521-80619-0. S2CID 239810196.
  8. ^ Weinberg, Justin (30 March 2023). "Maria Rosa Antognazza (1964-2023) - Daily Nous".
  9. ^ "Maria Rosa Antognazza". 29 March 2023. Retrieved 1 April 2023.
Professional and academic associations Preceded byYujin Nagasawa President of the British Societyfor the Philosophy of Religion 2019–2023 Succeeded byVacant Awards Preceded byHarold J. Cook Pfizer Award 2010 Succeeded byEleanor Robson