Elena Casetta

Born: Turin, Italy, 17.11.1975
Address: University of Turin, Dep. of Philosophy, Via San Ottavio 20 – 10124 Turin, Italy
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Email: elena.casetta@unito.it

Qualification
Post-doctoral Fellow

Areas of Competence
Philosophy of Biology, Analytic Ontology and Metaphysics, Philosophy of Language.

Education
2013- Research fellow at CFCUL – Centre for Philosophy of Science of the University of Lisbon, University of Lisbon.
2009-12 Post-doctoral fellow at University of Torino (Department of Philosophy).
2008 Discussion of PhD. Dissertation, SESA, European School of Advanced Studies, Napoli. Title: La sfida delle Chimere. Realismo, pluralismo, e convenzionalismo in filosofia della biologia [The Challenge of Chimeras. Realism, Pluralism, and Conventionalism in Philosophy of Biology]. Supervisors: Prof. Achille Varzi, Prof. Roberto Esposito.
2006-7 September-February, Visiting Scholar at the Department of Philosophy, Columbia University, NY.
2005-8 PhD student at SESA, European School of Advanced Studies, Napoli.
2004 Three-month stage at University of Geneva, Department of Philosophy, under the supervision of Professor Kevin Mulligan.
2003 B.A. in Philosophy, University of Torino, supervisor Prof. M. Ferraris (University of Torino) and A.C. Varzi (Columbia University, NY), mark: 110/110 magna cum laude. Title: Tra ontologia e biologia: la nicchia ecologica [Between Ontology and Biology: the Ecological Niche].
1994 School leaving exams, high-school ‘V. Alfieri’ (classic languages) of Torino.

Prizes and Grants
2004 One-year grant for post-graduate research (‘Fondazione Bottrigari’, University of Bologna).
2004 ‘Marco Polo’ grant for specialization studies abroad (University of Bologna).
2003 Prize ‘Optime’ to the best graduates of University of Torino (‘Unione Industriale’ of Torino).

Publications

BOOKS

As Autor

  1. 2013, Filosofia della biologia (with A. Borghini), Roma, Carocci [2015, Under contract, Metaphysics of the Life Sciences, London-New York, Bloomsbury]
  2. 2009, La sfida delle chimere. Realismo, pluralismo e convenzionalismo in filosofia della biologia, Milano, Mimesis.

As Editor

  1. 2014 forthcoming, Social Objects. From Intentionality to Documentality (with P. Bojanic, G. Torrengo), Rivista di estetica, 57.
  2. 2014b, Mettere a fuoco il mondo. Conversazioni sulla filosofia di Achille Varzi (with V. Giardino), Isonomia, Online philosophical journal of the University of Urbino “Carlo Bo”.
  3. 2014a La biodiversité en question. Enjeux philosophiques et scientifiques (with J. Delord), Paris, Les Éditions Materiologiques.
  4. 2012b, Making Sense of Gender, Sex, Race and the Family (with V. Tripodi), Humana.Mente, 22/July 2012.
  5. 2012a, A partire da Documentalità (with P. Kobau and I. Mosca), Rivista di estetica, 50.
  6. 2009, Convenzioni (with A.C. Varzi), monographical issue of Rivista di estetica, 44.

ARTICLES

  1. 2014 forthcoming, “Are Species Social Objects? Some Notes”, Rivista di estetica, 57
  2. 2014b, “Biodiversity Surgery. Some Epistemological Challenges in Facing Extinction” (with J. Marques da Silva), Axiomathes, DOI 10.1007/s10516-014-9244-9
  3. 2014a, “Metafisica mostruosa”, Isonomia, Rivista online di Filosofia – Epistemologica – ISSN 2037-4348, Vol. IV: 25-36.
  4. 2012, “Quel che resta dei generi naturali” (with A. Borghini), in “Analytic Ontology“, monographical issue of Rivista di Estetica, A. Bottani and R. Davies (eds.), n.s., 49: 247-273.
  5. 2011, “Tratti, sessi e generi. Un dialogo” (with A. Borghini), Bioetica, 1/2011: 35-53.
  6. 2010b, “Note in margine a Documentalità. Perché è necessario lasciare tracce di Maurizio Ferraris”, Biblioteca della libertà, XLV settembre-dicembre, n. 199 online.
  7. 2010a, “Dall’ornitorinco alle chimere: una sfida al realismo tassonomico”, Intersezioni, 2: 277-296.
  8. 2008, “Nomi in crisi di identità” (with A.C. Varzi), Rivista di Estetica, n.s., 38/2: 143-56.
  9. 2007, “Le tigri di Putnam”, Rivista di Filosofia, 98/1, 1: 47-76.
  10. 2004, “La teoria mereotopologica della nicchia”, Rivista di Estetica, n.s., 26/2: 129-48.

BOOK CHAPTERS

  1. 2014 forthcoming, “Facing the Big Sixth. From Prioritizing Species to Conserving Biodiversity” (with J.M. da Silva) in E. Serrelli, & N. Gontier (Eds.), Macroevolution – Explanation, Interpretation, Evidence, Springer.
  2. 2014b, « La question de la biodiversité face aux problème des espèces », in E. Casetta & J. Delord (Eds.), La biodiversité en question. Enjeux philosophiques et scientifiques, Paris, Les Éditions Materiologiques.
  3. 2014a, “Science” (with G. Torrengo), in T. Andina (Ed.), Bridging the Analytical Continental Divide. A Companion to Contemporary Western Philosophy, Boston-New York, Brill.
  4. 2013c, “Algumas observações sobre a função dos monstros biológicos na nossa metafísica”, in A. Barbosa & R. Santos (Eds.), Filosofia das Ciências da Vida – Estudos, Lisboa, CFCUL.
  5. 2013b,”That Frightening Frankenmetaphor! ” (with L. Tambolo), in N. Michaud (ed.), Frankenstein and Philosophy, The Open Court Philosophy and Pop Culture Series, 49-58.
  6. 2013a, “Sesso”, in M.G. Turri (ed.) Manifesto per un Nuovo Femminismo, Milano, Mimesis.
  7. 2012c, “Ontologia delle specie biologiche: una proposta convenzionalista”, in C. Tatasciore, P. Graziani, G. Grimaldi, Prospettive Filosofiche. Ontologia, Acireale, Bonanno.
  8. 2012b, The Temporal Boundaries of Biological Species, in P. Graziani, G. Grimaldi (Eds.), Open Problems in Philosophy of Sciences, London, College Publications: 35-45.
  9. 2012a, “Scienza (o della misura del mondo)” (with G. Torrengo), in T. Andina (ed.), La filosofia contemporanea, Roma, Carocci: 223-255.
  10. 2010, “Categories, Taxa, and Chimeras”, in M. D’Agostino, G. Giorello, F. Laudisa, T. Pievani and C. Sinigaglia (eds.), New Essays in Logic and Philosophy of Science, London, College Publications: 264-278.
  11. 2008b, “Biologia”, in M. Ferraris (ed.), Storia dell’Ontologia, Milano, Bompiani: 465-74.
  12. 2008a, “Monismo e pluralismo” (with L. Angelone), in M. Ferraris (ed.), Storia dell’Ontologia, Milano, Bompiani: 325-41.
  13. 2004, “RedPill®” (with A.C. Varzi), in M. Cappuccio (ed.), Dentro la matrice. Metafisica, virtualità e tecnologia in Matrix, Milano, Alboversorio: 29-37.

REVIEWS, INTRODUCTIONS, AND CONCLUSIONS

  1. 2014 forthcoming, “Social Objects. An Overview in the Light of Contemporary Social Ontology” (with G. Torrengo), Rivista di estetica, 57.
  2. 2014b, “Conclusion” (with J. Delord), La biodiversité en question. Enjeux philosophiques et scientifiques, Paris, Les Éditions Materiologiques.
  3. 2014a, “Introduzione” (with V. Giardino), Isonomia, Rivista online di Filosofia – Epistemologica – ISSN 2037-4348, Vol. IV: 9-14.
  4. 2012b, “Between Science and Philosophy: New Perspectives on Gender, Sex, Race, and the Family” (with V. Tripodi), Humana.Mente, 22/July 2012: III-VII.
  5. 2012a, “Dalla Documentalità al nuovo realismo” (with P. Kobau and I. Mosca), Rivista di estetica, 50: 3-7.
  6. 2009, “Introduzione”, Rivista di estetica, 44: 3-10.
  7. 2005, Review of Benjamin Morison’s On Location: Aristotle’s Concept of Place, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002, (with A.C. Varzi), Dialectica, 59/1: 75-81.

TRANSLATIONS

  1. (2007) A.C. Varzi, Boundaries; “Confini. Dove finisce una cosa e inizia un’altra”, in Andrea Bottani and Richard Davies (eds.), Ontologie regionali, Milano, Mimesis, 2007: 209-222.
  2. (2009c) L. Franklin-Hall, Plato’s Joints; “Il macellaio di Platone”, in “Convenzioni”, Rivista di estetica, 44.
  3. (2009b) K. Miller, Deciphering Person-identity Conventionalism; “Decifrare il convenzionalismo dell’identità personale”, Rivista di estetica, 44
  4. (2009a) I. Westerhoff, Construction All the Way Down? A Problem for Goodmanian Constructivism; “Costruzioni senza fine. Un problema per il costruttivismo goodmaniano”, Rivista di estetica, 44.

Talks

  • 2014    (with A. Borghini) Presentation of “Filosofia della biologia” (Carocci 2013). With the participation of Alessandro Minelli. Padua, Bibioteca Vallisneri, 25th of June.
  • 2014    (with A. Borghini) Presentation of “Filosofia della biologia” (Carocci 2013). With the participation of Tiziana Andina, Luca Illetterati, Diego Marconi. Turin, Circolo dei lettori, 23rd of June.
  • 2014    ‘Ethical Responsibilities in the Big Sixth’, VIII Jornadas Ibéricas. Debates da Filosofia da Ciência Contemporânea, 27-29 Maio 2014. Teclabs – Centro de Inovação, Campus da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, 28th of May.
  • 2014    ‘Facing Extinction. Ethical Responsibilities and Practical Challenges’, Porque devemos preservar a biodiversidade? Uma análise ética da conservação, workshop organized by the Centro de Biodiversidade, Genómica Integrativa e Funcional, the Sociedade de Ética Ambiental, and the Centro de Filosofia das Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Universidade de Lisboa, 3rd of April.
  • 2014    ‘Biodiversity Surgery’ (with J.M. da Silva), talk at the Seminar of Philosophy of Language and Mind, University of Milan, 24th of March.
  • 2014    ‘Il problema delle specie’ , Researches in Ontology between Russia and Italy, Second videoconference between the University of St. Petersburg State University and University of Torino, Sala multimediale del Rettorato, University of Torino, 18th of February.
  • 2013    ‘Questioni di vita. Conversazioni tra filosofia e biologia’ (with A. Borghini). Lectiones commandinianae, University of Urbino, 17th of December.
  • 2013    ‘From Ethics to Policies: US Endangered Species Acts and EU Natura 2000’ (with J.M. da Silva), International conference Philosophy of Science in the 21st Century – Challenges and Tasks, 4-6 December, 2013, Lisbon, 6th of December.
  • 2013    Chair and discussant for the symposium “New Realism: Ontology and Epistempology” (participants: Mario De Caro, Manuel García-Carpintero, Maurizio Ferraris, Teresa Marquez), International conference Philosophy of Science in the 21st Century – Challenges and Tasks, 4-6 December, 2013, Lisbon, 5th of December.
  • 2013    Symposium “New light on species essentialisms in biology”, ISHPSSB (International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology), Montpellier, 7-9 of July (with Francesca Merlin, Anouk Barberousse, Françoise Longy, Thomas Reydon. Chair: Sébastien Dutreuil) [Abstract accepted]
  • 2013 ‘Dagli organismi agli individui darwiniani’, lezione all’interno del seminario “Le eredità di Darwin”, Scuola Galileiana, Aula Magna del Collegio Morgagni, Padua, 22nd of May.
  • 2013 ‘Biodiversity. Some Philosophical Insights’, BioFIG (Center for Biodiversity, Functional & Integrative Genomics) seminar, Faculty of Science, University of Lisbon, 18th of April.
  • 2013 ‘Does the Species Problem affect Biodiversity Assessment?’, Ciclo Ginásio, CFCUL, Faculty of Sciences, Lisbon, 19th of March.
  • 2012 ‘Species Matters. Toward a Multicriteria Species Concept in the Biodiversity Discourse’, The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, Columbia University, NYC, 14th of November.
  • 2012 ‘Arguing for a Pluralistic Species Concept in the Assessment of Biodiversity’, SOPHA 2012, Paris, ENS, 5th of May.
  • 2012 Discussant, with Carola Barbero, of Vera Tripodi’s Filosofia della sessualità and Nicla Vassallo’s (ed.), Donna m’apparve, Circolo dei lettori, via Bogino 9, Turin, 1oth of April.
  • 2012 ‘La question de la biodiversité face au problème des espèces’, Atelier interdisciplinaire. La biodiversité. Enjeux ethiques, philosophiques et scientifiques, IHPST, Paris, 23rd of February.
  • 2011 ‘Outlining a Unified Framework for the Assessment of Biodiversity’, EPSA 11 – The European Philosophy of Science AssociationAthens 7th of October.
  • 2011 ‘Outlining a Unified Framework for the Assessment of Biodiversity’, ECAP 7 – Seventh European Congress of Analytic Philosophy, Milan, 2nd of September.
  • 2011 Commentator of Matthen Mohan, ‘Species as Historical Kinds’, Biological Hierarchies. 2011 meeting of the Consortium for the History and Philosophy of Biology, 3 of June, IHPST, Paris.
  • 2011 ‘Are Species Social Objects?’, Social Ontology. From Intentionality to Documentality, 31st of May, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, Belgrade.
  • 2011 In occasion of the second edition of Estetica Razionale (Raffaello Cortina, 2011) di Maurizio Ferraris, ‘Estetica come aisthesis’, with: Federico Vercellone, Pietro Kobau, Tiziana Andina, Carola Barbero, Elena Casetta, Davide Grasso,
    Alessandra Jacomuzzi, Daniela Tagliafico, Giuliano Torrengo.
  • 2011 ‘Outlining a Conventionalist Approach to Species Taxa’, IHPST, Paris, 15th of March.
  • 2010 ‘Tratti, sessi e generi’ (with A. Borghini), University of Bergamo, 18th of June.
  • 2009 ‘Ontologia delle specie biologiche’, Italian Society for Philosophy (SFI), Francavilla al Mare (CH), 15th of October.
  • 2009 ‘Bioetica e enhancement‘, a cura della Consulta laica di bioetica “A. Vitelli” (with M. Mori, A. Borghini, M. Balistreri, R. Lala, L. Nave), 10th of October.
  • 2008 ‘What’s Wrong with Taxonomic Conventionalism?’, Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy (SIFA), University of Bergamo, 26th of September.
  • 2008 7th Eidos Meeting, round table with Fabrice Correia, Philipp Keller, Christian Wüthrich, Marcel Weber, Laura Felline, ‘Time in Physics, Biology, Metaphysics’, University of Geneva, 19th of August.
  • 2007 ‘Categories, Taxa, and Chimeras’, International Conference of the Italian Society for Logic and Philosophy of Science (SILFS), University of Milan, 9th of October.
  • 2007 ‘Categories, Taxa, and Chimeras’, 5th Conference of the Spanish Society for Analytic Philosophy (SEFA), University of Barcelona, 8th of September.
  • 2005 ‘Les Tigres de Putnam’, Cycle de Conférences de Philosophie, University of Geneva, 16th of December.
  • 2005 ‘The Tao of Metaphysics’ (with Philipp Keller), International colloquium ‘On Identity: Ontological Perspectives’, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 26th of May.
  • 2005 Presentation of ‘Jürgen Habermas, Il futuro della natura umana. I rischi di una genetica liberale, Einaudi, 2002’ (with Claudia Bartolucci), SUM, Napoli, 23rd of March.

Teaching

> Academic Year 2014/15

14-28 of May, Teaching Module “Some Metaphysical Problems in Biology” as a part of the Master Course “Themes and problems of contemporary Philosophy of Science” (Professor O. Pombo) at the University of Lisbon. (9 hours)

> Academic Year 2013/14

23-27 of September, Doctoral Course “Temi di metafisica della biologia tra scienza e società”, Scuola di dottorato in Studi Umanistici, University of Torino. (30 hours)

Services to the Profession

2013, Member of the organizing committee of the International conference Philosophy of Science in the 21st Century – Challenges and Tasks, 4-6 December, 2013, Lisbon.

2013, Organizer of the Symposium: UNDERSTANDING AND CONSERVING BIODIVERSITY. Participants: Elena Casetta, Jorge Marques da Silva, Nathalie Gontier, Luís Borda-de-Água. International conference Philosophy of Science in the 21st Century – Challenges and Tasks University of Lisbon, 6th of December.

2012, Co-organizer (with P. Huneman) of “Atelier interdisciplinaire. La biodiversité. Enjeux ethiques, philosophiques et scientifiques, IHPST, Paris, 23rd of February.

2010, Co-organizer of Monumentum.doc: 11th Annual Lab0nt Workshop, January 11-12.

Since 2009, member of the editorial board of ‘Rivista di Estetica’.

Since 2010, Contributor of Alfabeta2.

Since 2013, member of the scientific committee of the book series: ‘Le relazioni pericolose’ (Mimesis, Milan).

Since 2014, member of the scientific commettee of the Journal ‘Esercizi Filosofici’.

Reviewer for: Topoi; Kairos; Aphex; Rivista di Estetica.

Languages
Mother tongue: Italian
Fluent in spoken and written English
Fluent in spoken and written French
Ancient Greek and Latin.