Research Fellow and Junior Lecturer in Logic and Philosophy of Science
Department of Philosophy, Communication and Media Studies - University of Rome ‘RomaTRE’
Via Ostiense 234, 00144, Rome, Italy
Tel: +39 06 57338772; Fax: +39 06 57338540
Date and place of birth: 21/12/1975, Rome - Nationality: Italian.
Areas of Specialization: Philosophy of Science; Metaphysics; Philosophy of Physics.
Areas of Competence: History of Modern Philosophy; Logic.
2013: 'Abilitazione per la seconda fascia' - considered fully qualified to become associate professor on the basis of a nation-wide selection by a scientific committee.
2010-: Research Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Rome ‘RomaTre’, Department of Philosophy.
2008-2010: Research Fellow at the University of Konstanz, Zukunftskolleg and Department of Philosophy.
2007-2008: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the IHPST, Institut d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques, Paris.
2002-2007: London School of Economics - PhD Studies in Philosophy.
PhD Thesis: Identity, Individuality and the Ontological Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics.
Supervisors: John Worrall, Roman Frigg and Michael Redhead.
Examiners: Steven French and Mauricio Suarez.
2001-2002: London School of Economics - MSc in History & Philosophy of Science (Awarded with Distinction).
1994-2000: University of Rome “La Sapienza” – BA+MA (‘Diploma di Laurea’) in Philosophy (Awarded with the grade of 110/110 ‘cum laude’).
Fellowships, Scholarships, Prizes and Grants
2012: three-year funding by the Italian Ministry of University and Research for a project on 'Structures and Dynamics of Knowledge and Cognition'; head of the local research unit in Rome, within a project directed at the national level by Dr. V. Crupi (University of Turin). Funding granted: Eur. 715000 overall (around 109000 locally), for the period 2013-2015.
2010: Individual Research Grant from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft for the project “Ontology, Physics and Scientific Realism” (ca. Eur. 150000 – not taken due to change of job).
2009: Winner of the 2008 Dialectica Essay Prize on ‘Fundamentality’ with the paper Ontological Priority, Fundamentality and Monism (ca. Eur. 600).
2009: University of Konstanz, ‘mentorship’ grant for visit to and invitation of Prof. Mauro Dorato, ‘Roma Tre’ University of Rome (Eur. 2100).
2008: University of Konstanz, two-months grant for preparation for and participation in the selection workshop for new members of the Zukunftskolleg (Eur. 2400).
2004-2005: Royal Institute of Philosophy, Jacobsen Bursary for PhD studies at the London School of Economics (ca. Eur. 4000).
2003-2005: AHRC doctoral grant for PhD studies at the London School of Economics (ca. Eur. 11000).
2001-2005: Departmental studentships for postgraduate studies in philosophy at the London School of Economics (for a total of around Eur. 8000).
2001-2002: Cambridge European Trust and AHRB doctoral studentship for PhD study at the University of Cambridge (declined) (ca. Eur. 13000).
2000-2001: Three-year doctoral studentship at “La Sapienza” University of Rome (declined after 10 months) (ca. Eur. 24000).
1995-1996: Student scholarship, awarded on the basis of exam results, to work as a student assistant in the Department of Historico-Philosophical and Pedagogical Studies, “La Sapienza” University of Rome (ca. Eur. 2000).
1994-1995: Total remission of university fees thanks to outstanding results in education, “La Sapienza” University of Rome (ca. Eur. 1000).
 Forthcoming: Introduzione alla Filosofia della Fisica [Introduction to the Philosophy of Physics, provisional title], under contract with Carocci Editore, Rome.
 2013: Combining Science and Metaphysics. Contemporary Physics, Conceptual Revision and Common Sense, Palgrave Macmillan.
 2010: Che Cos’è un Oggetto [What an Object Is], Carocci Editore, Rome.
Refereed Journal Articles
 Forthcoming: Dependence, Justification and Explanation: Must Reality Be Well-Founded?, in Erkenntnis.
 Forthcoming: Science-based Metaphysics: On Some Recent Anti-metaphysical Claims, in Philosophia Scientiae.
 Forthcoming: Oggetti Fisici (e Non) [Physical (and Non-physical) Objects], in Lebenswelt.
 2014: Metaphysical Infinitism and the Regress of Being, in Metaphilosophy, 45, 2, 232-244.
 2014: New Realism and Scientific Realism, in Quaestio, 12 (2012), 535-549.
 2013: Naturalismo e Metafisica. Qualche Riflessione Aggiuntiva [Naturalism and Metaphysics. Some Additional Remarks], in Sistemi Intelligenti, XXV, 1, 107-112.
 2013: Scienza e Metafisica. Per un Naturalismo Costruttivo [Science and Metaphysics. Towards a Constructive Naturalism], ‘target paper’ in Sistemi Intelligenti, XXV, 1, 67-82.
 2013: Grades of Individuality. A Pluralistic View of Identity in Quantum Mechanics and in the Sciences, in Philosophical Studies, 163, 3, 591-610 (with M. Dorato).
 2012: Sellarsian Particulars, in Acta Analytica, 27, 3, 293-306.
 2012: Truth and Success, Again: Reply to Held on Generalist versus Particularist (Anti-)Realism, in The Reasoner, 6, 6, 99-100.
 2011: Is There a Compelling Argument for Ontic Structural Realism?, in Philosophy of Science (Proceedings), 78, 5, 1165-1176.
 2011: Substrata and Properties: From Bare Particulars to Supersubstantivalism?, in Metaphysica, 12, 2, 183-195.
 2011: Bundles, Individuation and Indiscernibility, in European Journal of Analytic Philosophy, 7, 1, 36-48.
 2011: The Partial Identity Account of Partial Similarity Revisited, in Philosophia, 39, 3, 527-546.
 2011: Truth and Success: Reply to Held, in The Reasoner, 5, 7, 106-107.
 2009: A New Look at Relational Holism in Quantum Mechanics, in Philosophy of Science (Proceedings), 76, 5, 1027-1038.
 2009: Ontological Priority, Fundamentality and Monism, in Dialectica, 63, 3, 271-288.
 2009: Inherent Properties and Statistics with Individual Particles in Quantum Mechanics, in Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 40, 3, 223-231.
 2009: Tropes and Physics, in Grazer Philosophische Studien, 78, 185-205.
 2009: Are the Bundle Theory and the Substratum Theory Really Twin Brothers?, in Axiomathes, 19, 1, 73-85.
 2008: Weak Discernibility, Quantum Mechanics and the Generalist Picture, in Facta Philosophica, 10, 1/2, 155-183.
 2007: Resembling Particulars: What Nominalism?, in Metaphysica, 8, 2, 165-178.
 2004: On the Preferability of Epistemic Structural Realism, in Synthèse, 142, 1, 81-107.
Refereed Articles in Books and Conference Proceedings
 Forthcoming: Relational Time, in Bigaj, T. and Wüthrich, C. (eds.): Metaphysics in Contemporary Physics, special issue of the Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities.
 Forthcoming: The Metaphysics of Individuality and the Sciences, in Guay, A. and Pradeu, T. (eds.): Individuality across the Sciences, Oxford University Press.
 2012: Against Ontic Structural Realism, in the online journal L&PS - Logic and Philosophy of Science, special issue containing the Proceedings of the 2010 Conference of the SILFS (Italian Society for Logic and Philosophy of Science), 9, 1, 503-508.
 2011: Identity in Physics: Statistics and the (Non-)Individuality of Quantum Particles, in De Regt, H., Hartmann, S. and Okasha, S. (eds): EPSA Philosophy of Science: Amsterdam 2009, Springer, Berlin, 227-237.
 2010: Individual Particles, Properties and Quantum Statistics, in Suarez, M., Dorato, M. and Rèdei, M. (eds): EPSA07: Launch of the European Philosophy of Science Association, Springer, Berlin, vol. II, 175-185.
 2010: Identity, Individuality and Indiscernibility, in Myung-Hyun Lee (ed.): Rethinking Philosophy Today: Proceedings of the XXII World Congress of Philosophy, Korean Philosophical Association, Vol. 15 - Metaphysics, 167-173.
 2006: Towards a Working Trope Ontology, in P. Valore (ed.), Topics in General and Formal Ontology, Polimetrica International Publishers, Italy, 191-219.
Reviews, Encyclopedia Entries and Other Smaller Pieces
 2014: Recensione di M. Dorato 'Che cos'è il tempo?', Carocci 2013, F. Orilia 'Filosofia del tempo', Carocci 2012 e G. Torrengo 'I viaggi nel tempo', Laterza 2011, in Rivista di Filosofia, 1, 129-139.
 2014: Recensione di V. Fano 'I paradossi di Zenone', Carocci 2012, in Aphex, 9, 15 pp.
 2013: Una illuministica ricerca del perché (review of the Italian translation of D. Deutsch’s The Beginning of Infinity), in Il Manifesto (inserto 'Alias'), November 3rd.
 2013: Viaggio tra i mattoni fondamentali dell’universo (review of the Italian translation of J. Baggott’s Higgs: The Invention and Discovery of the ‘God Particle’), in Il Manifesto (inserto 'Alias'), August 28th.
 2013: È di scena il falò delle vanità (review of the Italian translation of F. Close’s The Infinity Puzzle), in Il Manifesto (inserto 'Alias'), May 19th.
 2013: Guest Editorial and Interview with Vincenzo Crupi, in The Reasoner, 7, 10, 114-117.
 2012: ‘Tropi’ (introduction to the ontology of tropes, in Italian), in APhEx (Analytical and Philosophical Explanation), online at http://www.aphex.it/public/file/Content20120131_APhEx5TemiMorgantiTropi.pdf.
 2010: Entries ‘Predicate’, ‘Predicate Logic’, ‘Identity’, ‘Identity of the Indiscernibles’, ‘Abelard’ and ‘Bayes’ in J. Williamson and F. Russo (eds), Key Terms in Logic, Continuum, UK (pages: 80, 55, 33, 33, 112, 115; ‘Thomas Bayes’ also appeared in The Reasoner, 2, 3, 9 (2008), ‘The Identity of the Indiscernibles’ in The Reasoner, 3, 1, 8 (2009) and Abelard’ in The Reasoner, 3, 10, 11 (2009)).
 2010: Report on ‘British Society for the Philosophy of Science, 6-9 July’ Conference, in The Reasoner, 4, 8, 124.
 2009: Guest Editorial and Interview with Wolfgang Spohn, in The Reasoner, 3, 8, 1-5.
 2009: Review of A. Chakravartty: A Metaphysics for Scientific Realism, in Philosophy in Review, 29, 2, 86-88.
 2009: Identity, Indiscernibility and Naturalised Metaphysics, in Alcolea, J., Iranzo, V., Sanchez, A. and Valor, J. (eds): Actas VI Congreso Sociedad de Lógica, Metodología y Filosofía de la Ciencia en España, University of Valencia, 387-391.
 2008: Properties and Reduction between Metaphysics and Physics, in Hieke, A. and Leitgeb, H. (eds), Reduction and Elimination in Philosophy and the Sciences. Contributions of the Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, vol. XVI, Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, Kirchberg am Wechsel, 235-237.
 2005: Review of N.-E. Sahlin (ed.): Ramsey’s Ontology, in Philosophy in Review, 25, 5, 380-382.
 2004: Introduction to Elie Zahar’s ‘Atomisme et Realisme Structural’, in S. Laugier and P. Wagner (eds), Textes Clés de Philosophie des Sciences, volume II: Naturalismes et Réalismes, Vrin, Paris, 373-382 (with V. Guillin).
Talks and Presentations
 2014: Fondamentalità, regressi e tartarughe: in difesa dell’infinitismo metafisico, RIFAJ Workshop on Metaphysics, University of Rome 'Roma TRE', June 26th (invited).
 2014: Must Reality Be Well-founded? Metaphysical Infinitism and the Regress of Being Objection, University of Helsinki, Workshop 'Fundamentality and Metaphysical Infinitism', June 2nd-3rd (invited).
 2014: La struttura della realtà e la struttura della giustificazione. Una (ri-) valutazione della prospettiva infinitista, University of Turin, May 15th (invited).
 2014: Scienza e metafisica: quale naturalismo?, University of Urbino, April 30th (invited).
 2014: Scienza e Metafisica, University of Florence, March 14th (invited).
 2013: Solé on Surreal Trajectories in Bohmian Mechanics, First Rome-Barcelona Workshop in the Philosophy of Science, University of Rome 'Roma TRE', May 17th.
 2013: Dependence and Fundamentality between Metaphysics and Science, Metaphysics of Science Seminar, IHPST, Paris, April 18th (invited).
 2013: Oggetti Fisici (e non), workshop ‘Oggetti materiali fra filosofia, arte e scienza’, University of Rome ‘Roma TRE’, April 16th (invited).
 2013: Relational Physics and Relationism about Time, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, March 11th (invited).
 2012: Can Reasons Be Propositions?, Conference of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy, Alghero, September 12th-15th.
 2012: Barbour’s Machian Physics and Relationism About Time, Conference of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy, Alghero, September 12th-15th.
 2012: The Metaphysics of Individuality and the Sciences, Individuality across Sciences conference, Paris, May 18th-20th (invited).
 2012: The Metaphysics of Individuality and the Sciences, Individuality in Physics and Metaphysics workshop, Urbino, May 15th (invited).
 2011: On Science and Metaphysics, seventh European Congress of Analytic Philosophy, Milan, September 1st-6th.
 2011: On (Some Recent Claims About) Science and Metaphysics, British Society for the Philosophy of Science annual conference, Sussex University, July 7th-8th.
 2011: La Natura del Tempo e i Viaggi nel Tempo, Caffè Scienza Junior, Biblioteca Villa Mercede, Rome (invited speaker, together with physicist Giovanni Amelino Camelia, for a public lecture for high school students on time and time-travel), June 15th.
 2010: Is There a Compelling Argument for Ontic Structural Realism?, Italian Society for Logic and Philosophy of Science triennial conference, Bergamo, December 15th-17th.
 2010: Does Science Tell Us about Reality?, Open Lecture for the ‘Science in Question’ Series at the University of Konstanz, December 1st (invited).
 2010: Ontic Structuralism, Objects and Properties, Structure and Identity Conference, Bristol, July 23rd-25th.
 2010: Is There a Compelling Argument for Ontic Structural Realism?, British Society for the Philosophy of Science annual conference, Dublin, July 8th-9th.
 2010: How (Not) to Do Metaphysics, Departmental Colloquium, Philosophy, Konstanz, May 27th (invited).
 2010: Dorato on Time and Becoming, Monthly Monday Meeting, Konstanz (invited commentary), April 26th.
 2009: Identity, Individuality and Naturalised Metaphysics, 6th SLMFCE Congress, Valencia, November 18th-21st.
 2009: Identity in Physics: Statistics and the (Non-)Individuality of Quantum Particles, EPSA09, Amsterdam (invited symposium talk), October 21st-24th.
 2009: Properties, Causality and Identity in Entangled Quantum Systems, Metaphysics of Science final conference, Nottingham, September 12th-14th.
 2009: Identity, Indiscernibility and Naturalist Metaphysics, British Society for the Philosophy of Science annual conference, Norwich, July 13th-14th.
 2009: Ontology, Physics and Scientific Realism, Zukunftskolleg’s ‘Jour Fixe’ meeting, University of Konstanz, May 28th.
 2008: A New Look at Relational Holism in Quantum Mechanics, biennial meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association, Pittsburgh, November 6th-9th.
 2008: Properties and Reduction between Metaphysics and Physics, 2008 international Ludwig Wittgenstein Symposium, Reduction and Elimination in Philosophy and the Sciences, Kirchberg am Wechsel, August 10th-16th.
 2008: Dispositional Relations in Quantum Mechanics, sixth European Congress of Analytic Philosophy, Krakow, August 21st-26th.
 2008: On the Motivation for Ontic Structural Realism, , workshop on ontology and individuality in physics, CREA, Paris, March 17th (invited reply to Steven French).
 2007: Individual Particles, Properties and Quantum Statistics, founding conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association, Madrid, November 14th-17th.
 2007: An Explanation of Quantum Statistics with Individual Particles, fifth conference of the Spanish society for analytical philosophy, Barcelona, September 7th-9th.
 2007: Identity and Individuality in Physics, Foundphys seminar, IHPST, Paris, March 9th.
 2006: Saunders on the Identity of the Indiscernibles and Quantum Particles, British Society for the Philosophy of Science annual conference, Southampton, July 18th-20th.
 2005: Does Standard Quantum Mechanics Require a New Ontology?, Research seminar in the philosophy of the natural sciences, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, London School of Economics, London, November 16th.
2013-2014: Realism and anti-realism in the philosophy of science (for a module on the philosophy of the natural sciences for MA students).
2012-2013: Scepticism in epistemology and realism/antirealism in philosophy of science (for a module on science and metaphysics for 2nd-3rd year BA students and MA students).
2011-2012: The unreality of time (for a module on the philosophy of the natural sciences for MA students); The nature of material objects (for a module on Science and Metaphysics for 2nd-3rd year BA students and MA students).
2011-: Co-supervisor for 2 BA and 2 MA dissertations (completed), other dissertations in progress.
2003-2006: Teaching assistant at the London School of Economics (after a preliminary intensive workshop on academic teaching). Duties included explanation and discussion of various topics via visual presentations and exercises, tutoring and essay marking. Courses taught: Logic, Reason, Knowledge and Values, Special Topics in the Philosophy of Natural and Social Science.
Other Relevant Activities and Work Experiences
I have refereed for Abstracta, Acta Analytica, Aphex, the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Dialogue, Erkenntnis, the European Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Foundations of Science, the Journal of the American Philosophical Association, Logic & Philosophy of Science, Logique et Analyse, Mind, Philosophia, Philosophical Papers, the Polish Journal for the Philosophy of Science, the Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Rivista Italiana di Filosofia Analitica Junior, Studia Logica, Synthese, Theoria, The Reasoner, Topoi; Palgrave Macmillan; the Czech Science Foundation, the Italian Ministry for University and Research, the Italian Society for Logic and Philosophy of Science and the Canadian Philosophical Association.
I am a member of the editorial board for The Reasoner, a ‘monthly digest highlighting exciting new research on reasoning, inference and method broadly construed’; and of the scientific committee for RifaJ - Rivista Italiana di Filosofia Analitica Junior. I have been a member of the executive committee and secretary of the SILFS (Italian Society of Logic and Philosophy of the Sciences) between 2011 and 2014; I was also part of the scientific committee and the organising committee of the triennial international conference of the society, held in Rome between June 18th and 21th, 2014. I am a member of the 'Labont', the Italian Laboratory for Ontology, Rome unit. I am part of the extended research network of Dynamis - The Finnish Network for Metaphysics. I am a selected member of the committee for doctoral studies at the University of Roma TRE (joint programme with the University of Rome Tor Vergata).
2005-2006: WebCT (Internet-based support for teaching) designer and responsible for the course Reason, Knowledge and Values at the London School of Economics.
2005-2006: Examiner for undergraduate philosophy examinations at the London School of Economics.
2001-2002: Collaboration and assistance, chairs of Philosophy of Science and Methodology of the Social Sciences, “Roma Tre” University of Rome.
1995-1996: Departmental website designer and programmer, “La Sapienza” University of Rome, Department of Historico-Philosophical and Pedagogical Studies.
Known languages: Italian (native tongue); English (excellent written and oral); French (intermediate speaking, good reading); Spanish (basic speaking, good reading); German (basic speaking, basic reading). Excellent computer/IT literacy.