Faculty Fellow, Foundation Year Programme, University of King's College
Phone: 422 1271
- Ancient Philosophy, Ethics and Moral Psychology
Born and raised in Italy, I completed a BA and a MA in Philosophy at the University of Padova. During the MA, I spent a year as a visiting student at UCLA. I received a MA and a PhD in Classical Studies/Ancient Philosophy from Columbia University. In my doctoral dissertation entitled Happiness and Superlative Value in the Eudemian Ethics, I argued that in the Eudemian Ethics, Aristotle ascribes specific roles in motivation to three value-properties - the good, the beautiful and the pleasant - and I explored their metaphysics. During my PhD, I was awarded a DAAD fellowship for studying at the Munich School of Ancient Philosophy and a Chateaubriand Fellowship for doing dissertation research at Paris I- Panthéon Sorbonne.
I am currently a faculty fellow at King’s College where I teach in the Foundation Year Program.
My areas of specialization are ancient philosophy, ethics and moral psychology. My research project focuses on the virtues of thinking and the unity of the virtues in Aristotle’s Eudemian Ethics. I am also working on a project on naturalism and natural goods in Aristotle’s ethics. With my research, I aim to contribute to discover an unexplored ethical proposal and to find out how this proposal contributes to ancient and contemporary discussions on naturalism, virtue ethics, metaethics and value theory. My project is primarily focused on the text and on the philosophical proposal of the Eudemian Ethics, but it aims also to shed light on its relation with the Nicomachean Ethics, On the Soul and Protrepticus.
In addition to my interest in Aristotle, I have research interests in Plato’s Symposium, Republic and Philebus, and in Epicurean philosophy. In particular, I am fascinated by ancient cosmology and by the sublime in Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura. Besides ancient philosophy, I have done research on Greek tragedy, on emotions in antiquity, on contemporary aesthetic theories, and on the senses of being in Heidegger and Brentano. I taught introduction to philosophy, Greek tragedy, Greek history, Latin, and Contemporary Civilization (a great books course on moral and political philosophy from antiquity to the present). I am currently teaching in the Foundation Year Program.