Events

Professors

In order to realize the goals of the programme, teaching comprises lectures, master classes with eminent specialists, discussion of presentations by students, general discussions, group work, and individual discussions of papers produced by students. Students will be required to submit regular written works and produce research papers. Supervised work on the Master thesis begins during the first year of the degree.

In addition to its core courses, the programme offers Masterclasses given by eminent, guest professors. Among the guest professors in the academic year 2018-9 are Kit Fine (NYU), Peter Simons (Trinity College Dublin), Thomas Sattig (Tübingen).

Academic Director: Kevin Mulligan.

Kevin Mulligan is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Master In Philosophy at the Università della Svizzera italiana. He occupied the chair of analytic philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Geneva from 1986 to 2016. He founded the European Society for Analytic Philosophy, Eidos, Thumos, and co-founded Inbegriff - the Geneva Seminar for Austro-German philosophy, and is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters and of the Academia Europaea. He has taught philosophy in Aix, Barcelona, Constance, Dublin, Florence, Freiburg, Hamburg, Innsbruck, Irvine, Lausanne, Lucerne, Lugano, Paris, Pennsylvania, Rome, Santiago de Compostela, Sydney, Venice, Trento, Umea and Zurich. He has also supervised the PhD theses of 30 students, many of whom now hold positions in philosophy in several different countries. He has published extensively on analytic metaphysics, the philosophy of mind and Austrian thought from Bolzano to Musil, in particular on ascent, attitudes, certainty, colours, connectives, correctness, dependence, emotions, foolishness, grounds, indexicality, interest, irony, knowledge, meaning something, meanings, norms, properties, perception, poetry, processes, promises, reasons, relations, states of affairs, tropes, truth, truthmakers, wholes and value.

 

Franz Berto is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam (UvA - The Netherlands).
His main research interests are in metaphysics and logic. He was appointed senior university lecturer at the University of Aberdeen (UK) in 2012, where he was a member of Crispin Wright’s Northern Institute of Philosophy. He is a principal investigator with the Early Career Researcher project ‘The Metaphysical Basis of Logic’, funded by the UK’s Arts & Humanities Research Council. Prior to that, he worked as a research fellow at the University of Padua and at Ca’Foscari in Venice, and at the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana, US). He was also a Chaire d’Excellence postdoctoral fellow at the École Normale Supérieure (Sorbonne, Paris).

 

Kit Fine is Professor of Metaphysics, Logic, and Philosophy of Language at New York University (USA). After graduating at Oxford University he received his Ph.D. at the University of Warwick. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a corresponding fellow of the British Academy. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies and is a former editor of the Journal of Symbolic Logic. In addition to his primary areas of research, he has written papers in ancient philosophy, linguistics, computer science, and economic theory.

 

Thomas Sattig has been the Professor of Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Tuebingen (Germany) since 2012. He was an undergraduate student at Tuebingen and at Stanford University, and a graduate student at Oxford University, where he received his B.Phil. in 1999 and his D.Phil. in 2001. From 2002 to 2005, he was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and a Junior Research Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford. Subsequently, he held tenure-track positions as Assistant Professor at Tulane University and at Washington University in St. Louis. In addition, he held a Research Fellowship from the Humboldt-Foundation and was a visiting professor at UCLA.

 

Peter Simons is full professor of philosophy at the Trinity College Dublin (Ireland). He studied at the University of Manchester, and has held teaching posts at the University of Bolton, the University of Salzburg, where he is Honorary Professor of Philosophy, and the University of Leeds. He has been President of the European Society for Analytic Philosophy and is current director of the Franz Brentano Foundation.
His research interests include metaphysics and ontology, the history of logic, the history of Central European Philosophy, particularly in Austria and Poland in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the application of metaphysics to engineering and other non-philosophical disciplines. He is the author of two books and over 200 articles. He is currently working on a project supported by the British Academy to chart the metaphysics of quantity.

 

Achille Varzi is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, New York (USA). After graduating at the University of Trento (Italy), he received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Toronto (Canada). His main research interests are in logic and metaphysics. He is an editor of The Journal of Philosophy, a subject editor of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and an associate or advisory editor of The Monist, SyntheseDialectica, The Review of Symbolic Logic, and other journals. He also writes for the general public and contributes regularly to some Italian newspapers, and is currently teaching for the Prison Education Program sponsored by Columbia University’s Justice-in-Education Initiative.

 

Marco Colombetti is full professor at Politecnico di Milano (Italy), in this Faculty he lectures in the area of Computer Science at the Bachelor and Master programs. Since 1977 he has carried out research in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Knowledge Engineering, and Cognitive Science, devoting particular interest to communication processes in both humans and artificial systems. He has authored or coauthored about 150 scientific papers published in international journals, books, and conference proceedings, and a book published by the MIT Press.

 

Damiano Costa is Lecturer in philosophy and Coordinator of the Master in Philosophy at the Università della Svizzera Italiana. He works mainly in metaphysics, with a focus on time, but his research interests extend to issues in the philosophy of religion, of physics and medieval philosophy. He received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Geneva in 2014, under the supervision of Kevin Mulligan. He has worked one year at Columbia University as a visiting scholar, working with Achille Varzi, and one year in Neuchâtel, working with Fabrice Correia.

 

Paolo Crivelli is full Professor in ancient philosophy at the university of Geneva (Switzerland). He took his first degree at the University of Firenze (Italy) in 1988. Then, he took his doctorate at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (Italy) in 1992. After a brief period of research at St John's College, Oxford, he became Lecturer (1992) and then Senior Lecturer (1998) at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Edinburgh. In 2002 he was elected Herbert Nicholas Fellow in Classical Philosophy at New College, Oxford, a position he held until he moved to Geneva in 2011.
Professor Crivelli’s main area of research is Philosophy of Language, Logic, and Ontology in classical antiquity (mainly Plato, Aristotle, and the Stoics). “I like to ask modern philosophical questions to ancient authors and work out their answers, or the answers they are committed to, on the basis of a scrupulous application of philological tools”.

 

Kathrin Koslicki is Professor of Philosophy and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Epistemology and Metaphysics at the University of Alberta (Canada). Her primary research areas are metaphysics, ancient Greek philosophy and philosophy of language. Koslicki’s article, “The Semantics of Mass-Predicates”, was chosen by The Philosopher’s Annual as one of the ten best philosophy articles to appear in 1999. She received her BA in philosophy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1990 and her PhD in philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1995. She previously taught at the University of Colorado-BoulderTufts University, the University of Florida and the University of New Orleans; she joined the University of Alberta’s philosophy department in 2014. She is best known for her defense of a neo-Aristotelian, structure-based theory of parts and wholes.

 

John Marenbon is a Fellow of the British Academy, Senior Research Fellow of Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland), and Honorary Professor of Medieval Philosophy at the University of Cambridge (UK). His interests cover the whole breadth of philosophy in the Long Middle Ages (c. 200 – c. 1700), in the Latin and Greek Christian, Islamic and Jewish traditions. He is is one of the leaders of the project 'Immateriality, Thinking and the Self in the Philosophy of the Long Middle Ages', a joint project of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge and the Department of Philosophy, Peking University, financed by the British Academy through an International Partnership and Mobility Grant, March 2015 – February 2016.I am currently a Professor of Philosophy and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Epistemology and Metaphysics in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Alberta.

 

Anna Marmodoro is Professor of Metaphysics at the Durham University (UK). She graduated at the University of Pisa (Italy), and received her Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh, UK. Her main research area is in ancient philosophy, metaphysics, philosophy of religion. She is Research Fellow and Associate Faculty Member, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford. She is also founder and co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal Dialogoi. Ancient Philosophy Today, published by Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming in press from 2019.

 

Francesco Orilia is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Macerata (Italy). He studied at the University of Palermo (M.A. in philosophy, 1979) and at Indiana University (Ph.D. in Philosophy, 1986). Since 1997 he teacheas at the Università of Macerata, where he chaired the philosophy teaching program in 2010-2013 and he was rector’s delegate for research and research evaluation from 2011 to 2016. His main research interests are in analytic ontology and the philosophy of language, time, mind and logic.

 

A research fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris since 1979, François Recanati has taught in several major universities around the world, including Berkeley, Harvard, Geneva, and St Andrews. In addition to his CNRS job, he is a ‘directeur d’études’ at EHESS, and the Director of a research lab in philosophy, linguistics and cognitive science hosted by Ecole Normale Supérieure. He is a co-founder and past President of the European Society for Analytic Philosophy, and was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012. In 2014 he was awarded the CNRS Silver Medal and was made a honorary doctor of the University of Stockholm.

 

Andrea Rocci is Full Professor and Director of the Institute of Argumentation, Linguistics and Semiotics at the Università della Svizzera italiana. He is also Director of the Master programme in Financial Communication offered jointly by the faculties of Economics and Communication Sciences at the same university. He has published extensively in the fields of argumentation, pragmatics, semantics and discourse analysis. He is co-author (with Marcel Danesi) of a textbook on Global linguistics. He has directed / is directing several projects on argumentation in the contexts of journalism, corporate communication and financial communication funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

 

Giuliano Torrengo is Senior Assistant Professor at the University of Milan (Italy). He graduated at the University of Turin (Italy) and he received his Ph.D. at the University of Vercelli (Italy). After that he has been Visiting Scholar at the Department of Philosophy, Columbia University, NY.
He is currently coordinating the Temp-Frame project at the CPT. The main aim of the project is creating a network between different approaches to our understating of time. To this effect, he is working on the work-package Time-Methods, which is focused on the interconnection between different areas of philosophy (metaphysics, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language). Temp-Frames aims at expanding the network to disciplines outside philosophy too.

 

Christian Wüthrich is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Genève (Switzerland). He works primarily in philosophy of physics, philosophy of science, and metaphysics.
He has studied at the Universities of Bern, Cambridge, and Pittsburgh, where he received his PhD. He is the recipient of the 2009 Philosophy of Science Association Recent Ph.D. Essay Award and the 2012 Lauener Prize for Up-and-Coming Philosophers, and was a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies. He was Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego. Currently, he collaborates with Nick Huggett (University of Illinois at Chicago) on a large Templeton-funded project in the philosophy of quantum gravity.

 

Giovanni Ventimiglia is full Professor of Philosophy and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Lucerne (Switzerland). His main interests lie in classical ontology, also with regard to their relevance in contemporary debates related to analytic ontology.
He has been involved, along with others, as a research unit leader in the consortium Ethicbots in the field of roboethics and is director of the research project Metaphysik und Ontologie in der Schweiz im Zeitalter der Reformation (1519-1648) funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
He earned his PhD in philosophy from the Catholic University in Milan (Italy) in 1996. He founded the Institute for Philosophical Studies (ISFI) (former Istituto di Filosofia applicata) at the Faculty of Theology Lugano in 2003 and was Director until 2017. He is founder and Honorary President of the Aristotle College Lugano (Switzerland). He is the main editor of the book series “Thomistic Metaphysics and Analytical Metaphysics”, published by Carocci, Rome. He was Academic Secretary of the Faculty of Theology of Lugano (Switzerland) from 1999 to 2004, and member of the Commission of Culture of the City of Lugano from 2004 to 2008.