In this essay the author focusses on the encounter of Mario Dal Pra with the pure gnoseology of Giuseppe Zamboni. It took place in the years 1941-42 when Dal Pra had occasion to discuss explicitly some themes in Zamboni’s work, in particular the publication of his most important work, La persona umana, soggetto autocosciente nell’esperienza integrale (1940). The historical reconstruction is supported by the discovery of La persona umana in the Biblioteca Fondo Dal Pra at the Universita degli Studi di Milano. Besides some underscoring and comments in the margins, the volume contained two sheets of Del Pra’s notes, where he deals with some problems that are presumably attributable to the aforementioned period and to his articles on gnoseology published in Segni dei tempi. The content of these articles is presented in the first part, focusing on Dal Pra’s original contribution to the method of integral experience (including the ontological knowledge of the human being), and then in the second part the result of his encounter with Zamboni’s philosophy is elucidated in order to shed light on the reasons for his interest in and adhesion to this doctrine.
Keywords: Dal Pra, Zamboni, Italian philosophy pure gnoseology, immediate elementary integral experience, theory of experience, human person, consciousness, scito te ipsum