Département de philosophie

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Ph.D. student of Katerina Ierodiakonou

I studied Philosophy at the University 'Ca' Foscari' of Venice, where I developed a strong interest in ancient Greek philosophy. My BA dissertation focused on Aristotle's lost work On Ideas, and consisted of a close reading of the fragments quoted by Alexander of Aphrodisias in his commentary on the Metaphysics. My MA dissertation focused instead on the Posterior Analytics, dealing particularly with Aristotle's account of definition as it is developed in II.1-10. Both dissertations were written under the supervision of Prof. Carlo Natali.

I'm currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Geneva, being involved in the research project 'Theories of Cognition in the Aristotelian Commentators' (SNSF) directed by Prof. Katerina Ierodiakonou.

My Ph.D. dissertation revolves around the process of concept formation. Accordingly, I investigate what the commentators of the late antiquity have to say about induction and experience, about the role assigned to the intellect in moving from particular to universal knowledge, and eventually about the ontological status of the universals. Thus, the aim of my research is to evaluate the ancient elaborations on each of these matters against Aristotle's own doctrine, in order to ascertain their originality and acuteness.