Département de philosophie

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I earned my BA in Classics and MA in Philosophy in Pisa. I subsequently started a PhD in Geneva within the SNSF Research Project Appearance and Knowledge in Ancient Philosophy, under the supervision of Prof. Paolo Crivelli.

I am about to complete a dissertation titled: "Dialogue and Dóxa. The Role of Appearance in the Socratic Elenchus". My goal is to understand what notion of δόξα (dóxa) Plato is committed to in the so-called early dialogues. (The term 'δόξα' is often translated as either 'belief', 'opinion', or 'judgment'.) I thus investigate the role δόξα plays in the Socratic method of examination (or "elenchus") and in the ethical doctrine known as Socratic intellectualism, which many early or early-transitional dialogues (most famously, the Gorgias) defend or  presuppose. The dissertation will present Plato's early account of the relations between having a δόξα, being the subject of appearances (i.e. being someone to which things appear to be so-and-so), and being in other, both representational and motivational, mental states. I particularly focus on evaluative δόξαι, the main targets of Socratic examination, and their objects. My interpretation is helped by consideration of both Plato's later theories, expounded in his middle and late dialogues, and some of Aristotle's works, especially the Sophistical Refutations, the Topics, the De anima, and the Nicomachean Ethics. In developing my interpretation of philosophical texts of the past, I find it fruitful to ask modern questions and look for their answers through rigorous textual analysis.

Outside Ancient philosophy, I also work on some medieval texts on what the medievals called 'logic'. I thus am a doubly enthusiastic member of the Genevan AMPhi (Ancient and Medieval Philosophy Research Group).

I have very strong interests in logic, philosophy and history of logic, metaphysics, and value theory. I am thus honoured to be a member of eidos and part of the editorial committee of dialectica. In Geneva I have moreover understood the fruitfulness of studying the Mitteleuropean tradition of exact philosophers among whom one finds the great Bolzano, Brentano, Frege, Twardowski, Meinong, the early Husserl, Reinach, Scheler, Nicolai Hartmann, and others. I pursue these studies as a member of Inbegriff.

I try to put all of my scientific interests to use as a research associate of the SNSF research project "Realisms: Universals, Relations and States of Affairs in the Austro-German and Medieval Traditions", led by Prof. Laurent Cesalli.

I greatly enjoy teaching. Since Autumn 2015 I have been leading the tutorial sessions of Prof. Crivelli's MA course in mathematical logic, whereas during the 2017 Autumn semestre I had the pleasure of teaching with Augustin a BA introductory course to logic.

Some time ago, I have written a short entry on Plato for the French L'Encyclopédie Philosophique, soon to be integrated by a longer and more refined version.