Erica Onnis -
Erica Onnis -

Erica Onnis

Postdoc Fellow, RWTH Aachen University

Erica Onnis is a research fellow at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg “Cultures of Research” of the RWTH Aachen University. She has been a member of the Labont – Center for Ontology since 2015. She has been working as a seminar lecturer and teaching assistant in Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Turin since 2016. During her PhD she has been a visiting student at the University College Cork, at the University of Lisbon, and at Wuhan University.

Erica’s research interests lie in metaphysics and philosophy of science. In particular, her doctoral research concerned the nature of emergent phenomena, and the relation between the notion of emergence and those of reduction, novelty, complexity, and causation. About these topics, she wrote Metafisica dell’emergenza (Metaphysics of Emergence), published by Rosenberg & Sellier (2021).

Erica is also interested in Chinese language and philosophy and she is a team member of the recently instituted project between the Wuhan University and the University of Turin, the WHU-UniTO Research Partnership For Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art.


Forthcoming Presentations

June 2022  Between Armaments and Ornaments. Emergent Patterns (and Communication Systems) in Abstract and Embodied Cellular Automata. 4th Conference of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics. RWTH Aachen University.

June 2022 Questioning, Rather than Solving, the Problem of Higher-Level Causation. 6th Italian Conference in Analytic Metaphysics. University of L’Aquila.

August 2022 Emergent Social Systems and Emergent Individuals. Metaphysical Considerations. 4th European Pragmatism Conference. University College London.

August 2022 Individuals and Structures. Metaphysical Considerations on Social Constraints. Social Ontology and Collective Intentionality XIII. University of Vienna.



Käte Hamburger Kolleg “Cultures of Research“, RWTH Aachen University, Theaterstrasse 75, 52062, Aachen.