Cimbali, (1858-1924), Jurist, philosopher, was a polyhedral
Was the second of four brothers that reached high cultural levels in
various fields: the first Enrico, the third Francesco and
the last Eduardo.
Started his studies in Bronte in the Capizzi College to continue them from 1873
to '76 at Liceo Spedalieri di Catania and then at the Regia Università di
Napoli, studying law.
He got his degree in 1880
in Roma, that chose as adoptive country and where
he lived for over 40 years.
At Roma in 1881 began the large literary
production with the book "Confessions
of a disillusioned", followed by " Solitary days"
(1884), "Half asleep" (1889), "Dawn" (1890), "The
He published above all many essays
of philosophy, moral and juridical,
- "The human will in rapport to the natural, social
and e juridical organism" (second edition, F.lli Bocca, Torino, 1898),
"The right of the stronger"
(1898, third edition 1902),
"The moral and the law" (1898),
of social and juridical philosophy"
"Reason and freedom" (1912),
of natural law",
"Politic Revolutions and social revolutions",
"The earthly city" (Società editrice nazionale,
"The task of law philosophy of the right in the organization of international rapports",
Some books were translated and published also overseas.
taught law philosophy in the Royal university "La
Sapienza" of Rome.
Was also an executive to the
Ministry of Public Works, proving his
administrative capacity with a critic essay ("Techniques
and administration", of the 1902) and supporting the
institution of a Ministry that would take care of the
Railway or Transports ("For the institution of the
Ministry of Railway or transports", Torino Unione
Tipografica Editrice, 1912).
a tenacious assertor and follower of the revolutionary doctrine of Nicola
Spedalieri, holding university courses on the philosopher, and, above
all, revalued the Work that, when first appeared, (1791) had been ostracized
everywhere, and, as years went by, even the memory of it had been lost.
Giuseppe Cimbali searched for the precious volume in Naples, Rome, uselessly.
As a bookworm (this was one of the two nicknames used by him, the other one was Monte Barca),
consulted libraries, public and private archives, diaries, yellowed papers that would mention the
After years he found the precious book
"Dei diritti dell’uomo" (Of Man's rights)
at Recanati, in the house of the Leopardi (the book, among other
things, was bearing this phrase written by the poet: "this book
talks very well; but unfortunately for everybody, or is not
understood, or is understood very badly").
The Cimbali studied in depth the philosopher and published "Nicola Spedalieri
publicist of the XVIII° century" (in two volumes, Città di Castello, 1886)
and the "Anti-spedalieri, or rather tyrants and clergy against
revolutionary doctrine of N. Spedalieri",
(Torino, Unione Tipografica Editrice,1909) and, with the nickname of
Bookworm "Around Spedalieri, the insults of a century"
Besides the conspicuous literary production that goes over short stories,
novels, essays of philosophy social and juridical, Giuseppe Cimbali directed
also two quarterly reviews: "The Spedalieri" (1891-92) and,
during the world war, "The rights of the people" (1917-19).
Proposed also to immortalize the Spedalieri with a monument in Rome and, with the help of the King, the government and of many writers,
jurists and politicians, obtained it in 1903.
Giuseppe Cimbali mortal remains were transferred to Bronte and
buried in the cemetery.
To honor him a crowd of students, workers and
friends and the banners of many Councils of the Province (from Catania