Areas of Specialization
Metaphysics and Ontology
Areas of Competence
Philosophy of Language, Social Ontology, Philosophy of Technology, Philosophy of Art
Current research interests
Social Computing, Data Science, Civic Engagement Through Digital Technologies
2009-present, Co-Founder of iCoolhunt, www.icoolhunt.com
Mashable “Find and Track Trends on Your iPhone with iCoolhunt”, by Jolie O’Dell, http://mashable.com/2010/04/22/icoolhunt/
Thewherebusiness.com, “iCoolhunt Lets You Decide What’s Cool”, http://news.thewherebusiness.com/content/icoolhunt-lets-you-decide-whats-cool
examiner.com, “Trend Spotting with iCoolhunt on Your iPhone”, by Kristin Cormier, http://www.examiner.com/x-39209-Dallas-Online-Marketing-Examiner~y2010m4d22-Trend-spotting-with-iCoolhunt-on-your-iPhone-or-Android
Mobile Entertainment, “Coolhunting Becomes a Social Location iPhone Game”, by Stuart Dredge, http://www.mobile-ent.biz/news/36880/Coolhunting-becomes-a-social-location-iPhone-game
2007- 2009, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Philosophy, University of Turin, Italy
University of Bologna, PhD in Philosophy, 26 June 2006. Dissertation Title: Word or Object? A Study of Disagreement in Ontology. Advisor: Prof. Marco Santambrogio. Dissertation Committee: Prof. Joseph Almog (UCLA), Prof. Paolo Leonardi (University of Bologna), Prof. Achille C. Varzi (Columbia).
Columbia University, New York: February-December, 2004,Visiting Scholar at the Department of Philosophy.
University of Turin, Laurea in philosophy. Dissertation Title: I confini delle cose. Mereologia e conoscenza nella “Terza Ricerca Logica” di E. Husserl [Objects and Their Boundaries. Mereology and Knowledge in E. Husserl’s “Third Logical Investigation”]. Advisors: Prof. M. Ferraris (University of Turin) and Prof. A. C. Varzi (Columbia University, NY). Honors: Summa cum laude.
2007, Word or Object? A Study of Disagreement in Ontology, Alboversorio, Milan.
2009, “Europa!”, (co-editor with M. Ferraris), issue of The Monist, April, 92: 2.
[With contributions by Romano Prodi, John Laughland, Margaret Gilbert, Sebastiano Maffettone, Yves Hersant, Pascal Engel, Maurizio Ferraris]
2006, “Semantica e Ontologia” [Semantics and Ontology] (co-editor with G. Torrengo), Rivista di Estetica, 32, Rosenberg & Sellier, Turin.
[With contributions by Diego Marconi, Thomas Hofweber, Matti Eklund, Peter Ludlow, Achille C. Varzi, Alberto Voltolini]
2002, “Oggetti fiat” [Fiat Objects] (co-editor with A. C. Varzi), Rivista di Estetica,, 20, Rosenberg & Sellier, Turin.
[With contributions by Roderick Chisholm, Barry Smith, Peter Simons, Avrum Stroll, Achille C. Varzi]
articles [in English]
2009, “Foreword” (with M. Ferraris), in “Europa!”, The Monist, 92:2.
2007, “From Ontological to Semantic Disagreement”, in C. Penco, M. Vignolo, V. Ottonelli, C. Amoretti (eds.): Proc. 4th Latin Meeting in Analytic Philosophy, Genoa, Italy, September 20-22, 2007, CEUR Workshop Proceedings, ISSN 1613-0073, online CEUR-WS.org/Vol-278/.
2005, “Comments on Mugnai”, Dialectica, Blackwell Publishing, 59-4, pp. 517-520.
articles [in Italian]
2009, “Scienze sociali come scienze delle registrazioni” [Social Science as Science of Records”], Rescogitans, www.rescogitans.it.
2009, “Poche cose fondamentali” [Few Fundamental Things], “Convenzioni”, special issue of the Rivista di Estetica, (E. Casetta & A. C. Varzi eds.), 41, Rosenberg & Sellier, Turin.
2009, “Titolo e necessità” [Title and Necessity], (with G. Torrengo), “Titoli”, special issue of the Rivista di Estetica, (P. Kobau ed.) 40, Rosenberg & Sellier, Turin.
2008, “Tridimensionalismo e quadridimensionalismo”, [Threedimensionalism and Fourdimensionalism] (with L. Angelone), in Storia dell’Ontologia, M. Ferraris (ed.), Bompiani, Milano.
2007, “‘Arriverò ieri!’ Filosofia, linguaggio e viaggi nel tempo” [‘I Will Arrive Yesterday!’ Philosophy, Language, and Time Travel] (with G. Torrengo), Notable, 1, De Angelis editore, Salerno.
2006, Introduzione [Introduction] (with G. Torrengo), in 2006a.
2004, “Oggetti convenzionali” [Conventional Objects], in “Ontologie analitiche”, M. Carrara and P. Giaretta eds., Rivista di Estetica, 26, Rosenberg & Sellier, Turin.
2003, “La metafisica degli oggetti materiali” [The Metaphysics of Material Objects], in Sistemi Intelligenti, R. Casati ed., Il Mulino, Bologna.
2002, “Introduzione: I confini delle cose” [Introduction: The Boundaries of Things] in 2002a.
From Italian to English:
M. Ferraris, “Outlines of a Theory of Social Objects”, Festschrift Rodolfo Sacco, forthcoming.
G.L. Favetto, “The Time of Tale-Harvest”, in Matthew Barney. Mitologie contemporanee, (O. Gambari ed.) Hopefulmonster, Torino, 2009.
from English to Italian:
Arthur C. Danto, “Arte Metafisica a New York”, in Matthew Barney. Mitologie contemporanee, (O. Gambari ed.) Hopefulmonster, Torino, 2009.
Jonathan Barnes, “Pensare, è una parola!”, in Il Sole 24 Ore, September 21, 2008.
Arthur C. Danto, “Lectio Magistralis”, in Rivista di Estetica, 38, Rosenberg & Sellier, Turin 2008. Also published in Il Sole 24 Ore, September 30, 2007. Reprinted in “Il Giornale dell’arte”, with the title: “L’arte: la capirete dopo”, n. 279, Allemandi, September 2008.
In A. C. Varzi (ed.), La metafisica analitica: antologia di testi [Analytic Metaphysics: An Anthology], Bari: Laterza, 2008:
P. T. Geach, “Identity” [“Identità”], Review of Metaphysics, 21 (1967): 3-12
D. Wiggins, “On Being in the Same Place at the Same Time” [“Sulla coincidenza spaziotemporale”], Philosophical Review 77 (1968): 90-95
E. J. Lowe, “Parts and Wholes” [“Parti e interi”], in Kinds of Being, Blackwell, Oxford 1989: 84-96
G. Evans, “Can There Be Vague Objects?” [“Possono esserci oggetti vaghi?”], Analysis 38 (1978): 208
R. M. Chisholm, “Identity through Time” [“Identità attraverso il tempo”], in Persons and Objects. A Metaphysical Study, Open Court, La Salle (Ill.) 1976: 89-113
D.H. Mellor, “Factual Causes and Effects” [“Cause ed effetti fattuali”], in The Facts of Causation, CUP, Cambridge 1995: 106-119
J. Margolis, “The Ontological Peculiarity of Works of Art”, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 36, n. 1, (1977) 45-50. Translated as “Le peculiarità ontologiche delle opere d’arte”, in Estetica e filosofia analitica, [Aesthetics and Analytic Philosophy] P. Kobau et al. (eds.), Il Mulino, 2007.
A. C. Varzi, “On Logical Relativity”, Philosophical Issues, 12 (2002), 197-219. Translated as “Sulla relatività logica”, in Filosofia della logica, [Philosophy of Logic] M. Carrara and P. Giaretta (eds.), Rubbettino Editore, Cosenza 2004, 135-173.
D. Koepsell, “Books and Other Machines: Artifice and Expression”, previously unpublished. Translated as “Libri e altre macchine: artificio ed espressione”, Sistemi Intelligenti, 15: 3, 2003, 429-439.
B. Smith e W. Ceusters, “Towards Industrial-Strength Philosophy: How Analytical Ontology Can Help Medical Informatics”, previously unpublished. Translated as “Verso una filosofia al servizio dell’industria: l’utilità dell’ontologia analitica per l’informatica medica”, Sistemi Intelligenti, 15: 3, 2003, 407-417.
In “Oggetti fiat” [Fiat Objects] (co-editor with A. Varzi), Rivista di Estetica,, 20, Rosenberg & Sellier, Turin, 2002:
R. Chisholm, “Boundaries as Dependent Particulars,” Grazer philosophische Studien 10, 87–95, 1984. Translated as “Confini”.
A. Stroll, “Two conceptions of surface,” Midwest Studies in Philosophy, 4, 277–91, 1979. Translated as “Due concezioni di superficie”.
P. Simons, “Faces, Boundaries, and Thin Layers,” in A. P. Martinich and M. J. White (eds.), Certainty and Surface in Epistemology and Philosophical Method. Essays in Honor of Avrum Stroll, Lewiston/Queenston/Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, pp. 87–99, 1991. Translated as “Facce, confini e strati sottili”.
B. Smith, “Fiat Objects”, Topoi, 20, 131-148, 2001. Translated as “Oggetti fiat”.
A. C. Varzi, “Connected Parts and Disconnected Wholes”, previously unpublished. Translated as “Parti connesse e interi sconnessi”.
“Digital Entrepreneurship”, invited speaker, “Casi di Successo”, Centro Congressi Unione Industriale, Turin, November 3, 2010.
“Wonder and Social Media”, invited speaker, View Conference, Turin, October 28, 2010.
“Nudge and the City”, invited speaker, Graduate Seminar, Politecnico di Torino, May 20, 2010.
“Matthew Barney. Contemporary Mythologies”, invited speaker, Fondazione Merz, Turin, Italy, November 7, 2009.
“The Two Dimensions of Metaphysical Disagreement”, (with G. Torrengo), refereed abstract, SIFA Conference 2008, Bergamo, Italy, September 25, 2008.
“Metaphysical Disagreement and Reciprocal Understanding”, (with G. Torrengo), Bologna Analytic Philosophy Seminar, Bologna, Italy, May, 8, 2008.
“Metaphysical Disagreement and Reciprocal Understanding”, (with G. Torrengo), Parma Philosophical Colloquia, Parma, Italy, April, 12, 2008.
“From Ontological to Semantic Disagreement”, invited speaker, Latin Meeting in Analytic Philosophy, Genova, Italy, September 20-22, 2007.
“Expressing Ontological Disagreement”, (with G. Torrengo), refereed abstract, Descriptions and Logical Form: 100 Years of “On Denoting”, Padova, Italy, December 15-17, 2005.
“Dispute verbali” [Verbal Disputes], Bologna Analytic Philosophy Seminar, June 15, 2005.
“Comments on Massimo Mugnai’s ‘Leibniz on Substance and Changing Properties’”, invited speaker, Surviving Through Change: A Philosophical Workshop, Bergamo, Italy, July 7, 2004.
“Indeterminatezza ontologica” [Ontological Indeterminacy], Bologna Analytic Philosophy Seminar, Bologna, Italy, April 21, 2004.
“Comments on Agustin Rayo’s ‘Unexplained Supervenience Objection’”, Workshop on Vagueness, jointly organized by ARCHÉ-St. Andrews and University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy, January 9-10, 2004.
“Oggetti convenzionali” [Conventional Objects], invited speaker, First Italian Conference on Analytic Ontology, Padova, Italy, July 9, 2003.
“La metafisica degli oggetti materiali” [The Metaphysics of Material Objects], Bologna Analytic Philosophy Seminar, Bologna, Italy, May 21, 2003.
summer schools & workshops
“Seminar with John Searle”, SdAFF, Villa Gualino, Turin, Italy, May 19-23, 2008.
“The A Priori”, NYU/University of Bologna Summer School in Philosophy, Florence, June 26-July 2, 2003.
“Ontology and Cognition”, workshop jointly organized by the Institut Nicod, Université Paris 4, Università del Piemonte Orientale. Certosa di Pontignano, Siena, Italy, September, 2002.
2009-present, Course on the Philosophy of Objects, Scuola Holden, Turin
2008, Workshop with Matthew Barney, Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti, Turin, October 30
2008, The Philosophy of Contemporary Art: M. Barney’s Works, Weekly Seminars at Fondazione Merz, Turin, September-October.
2007, “Searle’s Social Ontology”, Introductory Seminar in Theoretical Philosophy (Prof. M. Ferraris), University of Turin, Fall.
2003, “From Boundaries to Objects”, Introductory Seminar in Theoretical Philosophy (Prof. M. Ferraris), University of Turin, Fall.
2002-present, Teaching Assistant, Undergraduate Course in Theoretical Philosophy (Prof. M. Ferraris), University of Turin
2010, “The Fun Theory”, Skillab, Turin.
2010, “Choice Architecture”, Skillab, Turin.
2009, “The Social Ontology of Unconventional Marketing”, EuroQualità, Turin, February-March.
2008, “The Mystery of ‘Cool Hunting’: The Philosophy of Unconventional Marketing”, EuroQualità, Turin, February-March.
2006, “Aesthetics and Advertisement”, Formation Course, EuroQualità, Turin, October-November.
fellowship & awards
2001, “Progetto Giovani Ricercatori” Award [Young Researchers Project Award] Department of Philosophy, University of Turin. Title: “La metafisica degli oggetti materiali” [The Metaphysics of Material Objects].
2000, Postgraduate Fellowship in Philosophy, University of Turin. Title: “Il ruolo ontologico e cognitivo dei confini” [The Ontological and Cognitive Role of Boundaries].
services to the profession
COGSCI05, XXVII Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Stresa (Italy), July 21-23, 2005
Rivista di Estetica, Italian journal of philosophy, Rosenberg & Sellier, Turin.
Notable, Italian magazine of literature, philosophy, and art, De Angelis editore.
The Monist (Advisory Editor)
Collana del Laboratorio di Ontologia, Mimesis Publishing, Milan.
2008, “Brillo | Pensiero d’artista. Festival internazionale di filosofia dell’arte contemporanea” [Brillo | Artist’s Thought. An International Festival of Philosophy of Contemporary Art”], www.brillofestival.com, Fondazione Merz, Turin, Italy, October 31/November 1, 2008.
2008, “Workshop with Matthew Barney”, a study workshop with world-famous artist Matthew Barney, jointly conducted and organized with the Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti, Turin, October 30.
2007, “Documentalità: l’ontologia degli oggetti sociali” [Documentality: The Ontology of Social Objects], Fondazione Rosselli, Turin, Italy, 25-26 January.
2003, “The Ontology of Intellectual Property”, University of Turin, April 23.
2002, “International Symposium on Analytic Ontologies”, University of Turin, October 25
European and Italian Research Projects Management and Participation
2006-2008 – PRIN (Project of Relevant National Interest) “Documentality. Ontologies and Technologies for Citizenship and Democracy”. Coordinator Prof. Maurizio Ferraris (University of Turin)
2004-2006 – PRIN “Ontological Canon. An Integrative Approach to Knowledge Organzation”. Coordinator Prof. Maurizio Ferraris (University of Turin)
2002-2004 – PRIN “Intellectual Property: Properties of Objects, Properties of Ideas”. Coordinator Prof. Maurizio Ferraris (University of Turin)
2003, “AXION” (“Axiomatic Ontologies”), Network of Excellence, EU FP6.
2001, “EON” (“European Ontology Network”), Research Training Network, EU FP5.
“Cultore della Materia”, [Teaching Assistant] at the Department of Philosophy, University of Turin
SIFA, Italian Analytic Philosophy Society
IACAP, International Association for Computing and Philosophy