Andrea Borghini

Born: Fucecchio (FI), Italy, 4.27.1977

Address: Department of Philosophy, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College Street, Worcester MA, 01610

Office phone: (+1)-508-793-3453

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Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, College of the Holy Cross, Fall 2007-

Visiting Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Turin, October 2009-March 2010

Associate Member, University Seminar on Comparative Philosophy, Columbia University, Fall 2008 – Spring 2009

AOS: Metaphysics; Philosophy of Biology; Philosophy of Food

AOC: Early Modern Philosophy; Philosophy of Science; Epistemology; Logic; Philosophy of Language; Philosophy of Action; Aesthetics; Interdisciplinary: Classics of Western Ethical and Political Thought


Columbia University, New York, NY, 2001 – 2007

Ph.D. in Philosophy, May 2007
Dissertation Title: ‘On the Necessity and Sufficiency of Universals’
Dissertation Committee: Achille C. Varzi (advisor); Christia Mercer; John D. Collins; Gyula Klima; Jan Westerhoff

M.Phil. in Philosophy, May 2004
M.A. in Philosophy, May 2002

Università degli Studi di Firenze, Florence, Italy, 1996 – 2000
Laurea in Philosophy, October 2000
Dissertation Title: “David K. Lewis’s Theory of Possibility”
Main Advisor: prof. Massimo Mugnai
Honors: Summa Cum Laude



  • (2011) Questioni di vita. Un’introduzione alla filosofia della biologia [Life Matters: An Introduction to Philosophy of Biology ] (with Elena Casetta), Carocci Editore, Rome, under contract
  • (2010) Il genio compreso. La filosofia di Saul Kripke [A Genius Understood. The Philosophy of Saul Kripke] (with C. Hughes, M. Santambrogio, and A.C. Varzi), Carocci Editore, Rome, ISBN: 9788843054022
  • (2009) Che cos’è la possibilità [Possibility: What Is It?], Carocci Editore, Rome, ISBN: 9788843048045
    Articles in English
    (201x) ‘The Metaphysics of the Thin Red Line’ (with G. Torrengo) in Around the Tree, F. Correia and A. Iacona, (eds.), Kluwer, Synthèse Library: Dordrecht, forthcoming
    (201x) ‘On the Logic of Soccer Patronage’ (with A. Baldini), Soccer and Society, forthcoming
    (201x) ‘Lessons from the Scientific Butchery’ (with M.H. Slater), in J. Campbell, M. O’Rourke, and M.H. Slater (ed.), Carving Nature at Its Joints. Topics in Contemporary Philosophy. Vol 8, MIT Press, Cambridge (MA), forthcoming
    (201x)’What Is a True Ribollita? Memory and the Quest for Authentic Food’, in T. Piazza (ed.), Secret and Memory in the Information Age, Afrontamento, Porto, forthcoming
    (2010) ‘Generals and Particulars’, The Analytic Way: Proceedings of the Sixth European Conference of Analytic Philosophy, College Publications (King’s College), London: 379-395
    (2010) ‘The Ultimate Soccer Patronage: Or, When a Club Becomes a Mirror’ (with A. Baldini), in E.T. Richards (ed.), Soccer and Philosophy, Open Court: 302-316
    (2009) ‘Dispositions and Their Intentions’ in Debating Dispositions: Issues in Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Mind, Gregor Damschen, Robert Schnepf and Karsten R. Stueber (eds), Berlin: DeGruyter, ISBN: 978-3110184037
    (2008) ‘Why I Am Not A Tropist’, in M. Okada and B. Smith (eds.), Proceedings of the First Interdisciplinary Ontology Meeting (InterOntology 2008), Tokyo, Japan: 93-98
    (2008) ‘A Dispositional Theory of Possibility'(with Neil E. Williams), Dialectica 62: 21-41
    (2006) ‘Counting Individuals with Leibniz’, in H. Berger, J. Herbst, and S. Erdner (eds.), VIII Internazionaler Leibniz Kongress: Einheit in der Vielheit, Hannover, Vol. 1: 76-83
    (2006) ‘Event Location and Vagueness’ (with Achille C. Varzi), Philosophical Studies 128: 313-336
    (2005) ‘Counterpart Theory Vindicated: A Reply to Merricks’, Dialectica 59: 67-74
    (2008) ‘Universalism and the Argument from Indifference’, Proceedings of the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics, vol. 8 (2008), forthcoming
    (2009) ‘The Relational Species Concept’, Proceedings of the Ohio Philosophical Association, Volume 6,
    Articles in Italian
    (2010) ‘Hermes e Afrodite. Un dialogo’ [Hermes and Aphrodite. A Dialogue], Rescogitans, 7.11.2010
    (2010) ‘David K. Lewis’, Aphex, 2
    ‘Geni, ricette e integrazione’ [‘Genes, Recipes, and Integration’], Proceedings of the Sixth Italian-American Conference: Societies in the 21st Century, Firenze, Le Lettere, forthcoming
    (2010) ‘Essere (categoricamente) e poter essere e non essere’ [‘On Being (Categorically), and Being Potentially and Not Being’], Bollettino di filosofia analitica, 1: 251-259
    (2010) ‘Esistono proprietà intrinseche?’ [‘Are There Intrinsic Properties?’], Rivista di Estetica, 43: 231-245
    (2008) ‘La durata naturale di un genere naturale’ [‘The Natural Time of a Natural Kind’], Rivista di Estetica, 39: 87-99
    (2008) ‘I marchi di origine e i miraggi del nominalismo legislativo’ [‘Labels of Protected Origin And The Mirage of Legal Nominalism’], Rescogitans, 5.2.2008
    (2008) ‘Onestà intellettuale e globalizzazione: come cambierà la filosofia?’ [‘Intellectual Honesty and Globalization: How Philosophy Is Going to Change’], Rescogitans, 1.24.2008
    (2007) ‘Generale e particolare’ [‘General and Particular’], in Chora V, 14 (2007): 27-36
    (2007) ‘Introduzione’ [‘Introduction’], Annali del Dipartimento di Filosofia, XII: 173-180
    (2007) ‘Virtù e vizi del concretismo’ [‘Virtues and Vices of Concretism’], Annali del Dipartimento di Filosofia, XII: 181-193
    (2005) ‘Quante cose ci sono in Piazza dei Miracoli?’ [‘How Many Things Are There in Piazza dei Miracoli?’], Rescogitans, 12.17.2005
    (2004) ‘Un Mondo di Possibilità. Realismo Modale Senza Mondi Possibili’ [‘One World of Possibilities. Modal Realism Without Possibile Worlds’], Rivista di estetica, 26: 91-104
    (2002) ‘Oggetti Possibili e Oggetti Esistenti. La teoria di David K. Lewis’ [‘Possible and Existent Objects:David K. Lewis’s Theory’], Kykeyon, March: 67-77
    (2009) ‘Review of Y. Dolev, Time and Realism‘, Humana.Mente 8: 173-176
    (2006) ‘Review of J. Westerhoof, Ontological Categories‘, 2R 3: 113-124 (available at:

      (2006) ‘Review of S. Morini and P. Perconti, E-mail Filosofiche‘, in Rivista di Estetica 32: 129-131


      (2009) Questions (passim) in J. Searle, Coscienza, Linguaggio, Società [Consciousness, Language, Society], Rosenberg & Sellier, Turin, ISBN: 978-88-7885-079-8

    Encyclopedia Entries

  • (2009) Dispositional properties’, ‘Extrinsic/intrinsic’, ‘Ontological Committment’, ‘Individual’, ‘Natural Law’, ‘Metaphysics’, ‘Necessity’, ‘Ontology’, ‘Formal Ontology’, ‘Possibility’, ‘Principle of individuation’, ‘Property’, ‘Possible World Semantics’, ‘Supervenience’, ‘Tropes’, ‘Universal-particolar’, ‘Dispute on Universals’ in L. Floridi and G.P. Terravecchia (eds.), Le parole della filosofia contemporanea [Words of Contemporary Philosophy], Roma: Carocci Editore, ISBN: 9788843050031