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Area of Specialization: Early Modern Philosophy
Areas of Competence: Philosophy of Mind; Philosophy of Language; Cognitive Science; Continental Philosophy
Research Languages: Italian; French; Latin, Ancient Greek

Employment

St Petersburg State University, New York Institute, Russia
Summer 2009, July 6-July 26

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Fall of 2007-present: Member of the Graduate Faculty, Department of Philosophy

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Spring of 2007: Part-Time Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
(Invited Position)

Rutgers University – Newark, Newark, NJ
2009-present: Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy
2004-2008: Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
2004-present: Member of the Graduate Faculty, Department of Psychology

University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
2002-2004: Assistant professor, Department of Philosophy
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
1998-2002: Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Department of Philosophy

Education

2002 Rutgers University. PhD in Philosophy
Dissertation: Innate Ideas and IntentionalityDescartes vs Locke.
Committee: Martha Bolton (chair), John Cottingham (external reviewer), Frances Egan, Brian Loar

1994-1995 Oxford University, Graduate fellow at University College (MURST Scholarship). Advisor: Dr William Child in philosophy of mind and language

1994, Laurea (summa cum laude) in Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Pisa, Italy

Publications

Books

2010, Descartes and the Puzzle of Sensory Representation, Oxford University Press

Refereed Articles:

(1) 2010, “Rethinking the Ontology of Cartesian Essences” forthcoming in British Journal for the History of Philosophy.

(2) 2009, "Cartesian Sensations" in Philosophy Compass, Volume 4, Issue 5, September 2009, pp. 780-792.

(3) 2008, "Descartes on Mathematical Essences," [co-authored with Otávio Bueno], in Protosociology. An International Journal of Interdisciplinary Research, Vol.25, 2008, pp. 160-180. The volume is also published by Ontos Verlag http://www.ontos-verlag.de/Buchreihen-LOGOS-978-3-86838-009-5.php

 (4) 2007, "The Myth of Cartesian Qualia", in Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Vol.88, Issue 2, 2007, pp. 181-207.

 (5) 2007, "A Teleological Account of Cartesian Sensations?" in Synthese, Vol. 156, 2007, pp. 317-342.

 (6) 2005, "Prinz’s Problematic Proxytypes," in The Philosophical Quarterly, Vol.55, No. 221, 2005, pp. 595-606.

 (7)  2004, "Descartes on Sensory Misrepresentation: the Case of Materially False Ideas," in the History of Philosophy Quarterly, Vol.21, n3, 2004, pp. 261-280.

 (8) 2004, "The Question-Begging Status of Locke’s Anti-Nativist Arguments," in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Vol.69, n1, 2004, pp. 37-64.

 (9) 2000, "On Fodor’s Claim that Classical Empiricists and Rationalists Agree on the Innateness of Ideas," in ProtoSociology. An International Journal of Interdisciplinary Research, Vol.14, 2000, pp. 240-269.

Invited contributions:

(1) 2004, "Quine’s Holisms" [co-authored with Ernest Lepore], in Roger Gibson (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Quine, Cambridge University Press, 2004, pp. 65-90. Reprinted in Nirmalaya Narayan Chakraborty and Madhucchanda Sen(eds) Empiricism and The Two Dogmas, Rabindra Bharati University, 2006, pp.18-45.

(2) 1999, "Is There a Problem about Davidson’s Externalism vis-à-vis His Holism?," in M. De Caro (ed.), Interpretations and Causes. New Perspectives on Donald Davidson’s Philosophy, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1999, pp. 201-216.

Conference Proceedings:

(1) 1996, “Donald Davidson: the Problem of Meaning between Truth and Interpretation” (Translation from: “Donald Davidson: Il Problema del Significato tra Verita’ e Interpretazione”), in C. Penco e G. Sarbia (eds), Alle Radici Della Filosofia Analitica, Erga Edizioni, 1996. These are the Proceedings of the SIFA (Italian Society of Analytic Philosophy).

Book Reviews

(1) 2008 “Review of Cecilia Wee’s Material Falsity and Error in Descartes’s Meditations” in The Journal of the History of Philosophy, vol.46, 4, 2008, pp.641-642.

(2)   2007, “Review of Lex Newman (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Locke’s “Essay Concerning Human Understanding, in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (http://ndpr.nd.edu/), 9/12/2007.

(3) 2002, "Review of Cowie’s What’s Within? Nativism Reconsidered," in the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Issue 1, 2002, pp.119-122.

(4) 1995, “Review of Putnam’s Words and Life”, in Philosophical Books, vol.36, 4, 1995, pp.267-270.

Work in Progress

Journal Articles

1) “Descartes’ Causal Principle and Its Alleged Similarity Condition” (25 pages).

Invited contributions

(1) “Locke’s Critique of Innatism” in Matthew Stuart (ed.), forthcoming in The Blackwell Companion to Locke, Blackwell.

Translations

Translation (with Daniel Garber) of Emanuela Scribano “Hume e Spinoza sulla relazione di causa and effetto” into English (“Hume and Spinoza on the relation of cause and effect”), in Daniel Garber and Steven Nadler (eds), Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy Volume 4, Oxford University Press, December 2008.

Presentations

2011, San Diego, USA. Author-Meets-Critics session on my book Descartes and the Puzzle of Sensory Representation, Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division (April 20 – 23).

2011, Minneapolis, USA. Presentantion of "The Real Challenge of Locke's Critique of Nativism" at the meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Central Division (March 30-April 2).

2010, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Presentation of “Locke on Innate Ideas” at the Center for Cognitive Science, Rutgers University, New Jersey (December 9)

2010, London, UK. Presentation of “Descartes’ Causal Principle and Its Alleged Similarity Condition” at the Institute of Philosophy, University of London, UK (July 16)

2010, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Presentation of “Descartes’ Causal Principle, Its Alleged Simialirity Condition and the Innateness of Sensory Ideas” at the Atantic Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy in the Philosophy Department at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada (July 8th – July 11)

2010, St.  Paul, Minnesota. Presentation of “Is Descartes’ Causal Principle an Explanatory Principle?” at the Midwest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy held in the Philosophy Department at Macalester College, St Paul, Minnesota (April 30 – May 2 2010)

2010, Syracuse, New York. Presentation of “Descartes on the Innateness of Ideas of Sense” at the Upstate New York Workshop in Early Modern Philosophy, Philosophy Department, Syracuse University (March 7, 2010)

2010, Instanbul, Turkey. Presentation of “Locke’s Critique of Innate Ideas” at the University of Instanbul, Philosophy Department (February 9, 2010)

2009, Irvine, California. Presentation of “Descartes’s Causal Principle and Its Alleged Similarity Condition” at the Scientia Workshop, Philosophy Department, University of California at Irvine (October 2, 2009)

2009, St Petersburg, Russia. A series of six lectures entitled “Is the Mind Endowed? The Debate over Innate Ideas in Early Modern Philosophy” at St Petersburg State University, New York Institute, (July 6-26, 2009)

2009, Siena, Italy, Presentation of “Descartes and Qualia” at the Mind and Language Conference, University of Siena (May 31-June 3, 2009)

2008, Vancouver, Canada. Presentation of “Rethinking the Ontology of Cartesian Essences” at the Pacific Northwest/Western Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, Simon Fraser University (October 17-19, 2008)

2008, Chicago, Illinois. Presentation of “On Causal Accounts of the Representationality of Cartesian Sensations”, Philosophy Department, Northwestern University. (September 29, 2008)

2008, Ithaca, New York. Presentation of “Descartes’ Causal Principle and its Alleged Similarity Condition” at the 4th Biannual Margaret Dauler Wilson Philosophy Conference, Cornell University (June 30-July 2, 2008) (I declined the invitation)

2007, Baltimore, Maryland. Presentation of “On Causal Accounts of the Representationality of Cartesian Sensations” at the meeting of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association (December 27-30, 2007)

2007, New York, New York. Presentation of “Descartes on the Teleology of Sensation in Meditation Six” together with Daniel Garber (Princeton University) and Alison Simmons (Harvard University) at the NY/NJ Research Group in Early Modern Philosophy (November 26, 2007)

2007, Samobor, Croatia. Presentation of “Descartes on Qualia,” at the International Conference on Descartes and Contemporary Philosophy, organized by the Society for the Advancement of Philosophy and the Department of Philosophy of the Centre for Croatian Studies at the University of Zagreb (May 20-23, 2007)

2007, Chicago, Illinois. Presentation of "Descartes' Causal Principle and Its Alleged Similarity Condition", at the meeting of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association (April 18-21, 2007)

2007, Princeton University, New Jersey. Presentation of “Cartesian Sensations: Qualia or Representations?” in Professor Daniel Garber’s graduate seminar (Philosophy 515: Special Topics in the History of Philosophy: Cartesian Dualism and 17th Century Materialism) (April 4 and April 10, 2007)

2007, Portland, Oregon. Presentation of “A Causal Account of Cartesian Sensations?” at the Pacific Northwest/Western Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, Lewis and Clark College (March 9-11, 2007)

2006, Washington, DC. Presentation of “Rethinking the Ontology of Cartesian Essences,” at the meeting of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association (December 27-30, 2006)

2006, New York, New York. Presentation of “A Causal Account of cartesian Sensations?” at the NY/NJ Research Group in Early Modern Philosophy (October 23, 2006)

2006,  Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Presentation of “Cartesian Bodies: Causes or Occasions of Sensations?”, at the Atlantic Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy (ACSEMP), Dalhousie University (July 6-9, 2006). (I had to decline the invitation for medical reasons)

2006, Chicago, Illinois. Presentation of “The Myth of Cartesian Qualia” at the meeting of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association (April 26-29, 2006)

2006, Portland, Oregon. Presentation of “A Teleological Account of Cartesian Sensations?” at the meeting of the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association (March 22-26, 2006)

2005, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Presentation of “Descartes on Sensory Representation and Misrepresentation” at the “What is Cognitive Science?” Talk Series, Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science (November 3, 2005)

2005, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Presentation of “The Myth of Cartesian Qualia” at the Atlantic Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, Dalhousie University (July 8-10, 2005)

2005, Manchester, England. Presentation of “Prinz’s Problematic Proxytypes” at the Joint Session of the Mind Association and Aristotelian Society, University of Manchester (July 8-11, 2005). (I had to decline the invitation because the Joint Session of the Mind Association and Aristotelian Society conflicted with the above Atlantic Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy)

2005, Istanbul, Turkey. Presentation of “The Myth of Cartesian Qualia” at the Southeast European Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, Bogaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey (August 8-12, 2005)

2005, Florianopolis, Brazil. Presentation of “The Myth of Cartesian Qualia” at the Fourth Principia International Symposium at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil (August 8-11, 2005).  (I had to decline the invitation because the Symposium conflicted with the above Southeast European Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy)

2005, Istanbul, Turkey. Presentation of “A Teleological Account of Cartesian Sensations?” at the University of Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey (August 5, 2005)

2005, Newark, New Jersey. Presentation of “Is The Mind Endowed? at the Rutgers-Newark Research-Day (April 19, 2005)

2005, Oslo, Norway. Presentation of “A Teleological account of Cartesian Sensations?”, at the Philosophy Department, University of Oslo, Norway (March 10, 2005)

2004, Boston, Massachusetts. Comments on Jan-Erik “Leibniz and Locke and the Debate over Species” at Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (December 27-30, 2004)

2004, New York, New York. Presentation of “A Teleological Account of Cartesian Sensations?”, at the CUNY Graduate Center (November 3, 2004)

2004, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Presentation of “A Teleological Account of Cartesian Sensations?” at The New England Colloquium in Early Modern Philosophy, Harvard University (June 5-6, 2004)

2004, Gainesville, Florida. Presentation of “Conceptualist vs Platonist Accounts of Cartesian Essences: An Illusory Debate?” at the Southeastern Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, University of Florida (April 17-18, 2004)

2004, Chicago, Illinois. Presentation of “Prinz’s Problematic Proxytypes” at the meeting of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association (April 22-25, 2004)

2004, Columbia, South Carolina. Presentation of “Prinz’s Problematic Proxytypes”, Philosophy Research Seminar, Department of Philosophy, University of South Carolina (April 13, 2004)

2004, Irvine, California. Presentation of “Conceptualist vs Platonist Accounts of Cartesian Essences: An Illusory Debate?” at the Meeting of the Cartesian Circle, Philosophy Department, University of California at Irvine (March 29, 2004)

2004, Pasadena, California. Presentation of “Descartes’ Quasi-Platonism about Mathematical Essences” at the meeting of the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association (March 24-28, 2004)

2003, Madison, Wisconsin. Presentation of “Descartes’ Quasi-Platonism about Mathematical Essences” at the Meeting of the Midwest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin (December 6-7, 2003)

2003, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Presentation of “Descartes’ Quasi-Platonism about Mathematical Essences” at Rutgers University (October 23-25, 2003)

2003, Belfast, Ireland. Presentation of “Descartes on Sensory Misrepresentation" at the Joint Session of the Mind Association and Aristotelian Society (July 18-21, 2003)

2003, Vancouver, Canada. Presentation of “Descartes on Sensory Misrepresentation"  at the Meeting of the Society for Exact Philosophy (May 15-19, 2003)

2003, Lancaster, South Carolina. Presentation of “Descartes on Material Falsity: Sensory Representation and Misrepresentation”, meeting of the South Carolina Society for Philosophy (March 7-8, 2003)

2003, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Presentation of “Descartes on Material Falsity: Sensory Representation and Misrepresentation”, Department of Philosophy, University of Lethbridge (February 14, 2003)

2003, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Presentation of “Descartes on Material Falsity: Sensory Representation and Misrepresentation”, Department of Philosophy, University of Alberta (February 13, 2003)

2003, Newark, New Jersey. Presentation of “Is the Mind Endowed? Anti-Nativist Arguments Revisited”, Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University, Newark (February 4, 2003)

2002, Columbia, South Carolina. Presentation of “Descartes on the Representationality of Sensation: The Case of Materially False Ideas”, Philosophy Research Seminar, Department of Philosophy, University of South Carolina (October 23, 2002)

2002, Chicago, Illinois. Presentation of “Quine’s Holisms”, in a Symposium on Quine at the meeting of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association. (April 24-27, 2002). (Ernest Lepore presented our co-authored paper)

2002, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Presentation of “Locke’s Essay Book I: The Question-Begging Status of the Anti-Nativist Arguments”, Department of Philosophy, University of Alberta (February 11, 2002)

2002, Columbia, South Carolina. Presentation of “Locke’s Essay Book I: The Question-Begging Status of the Anti-Nativist Arguments”, Department of Philosophy, University of South Carolina (February 4, 2002)

2002, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Presentation of “Locke’s Essay Book I: The Question-Begging Status of the Anti-Nativist Arguments, Department of Philosophy, Wake Forest University (January 29, 2002)

2001, Atlanta, Georgia. Presentation of “Descartes on the Representationality of Sensation: The Case of Materially False Ideas”, at the meeting of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association (December 27-30, 2001).

1994, Genova, Italy.  “Donald Davidson: The Problem of Meaning between Truth and Interpretation” (Original Title: “Donald Davidson: il problema del significato tra verita’ e interpretazione”) at the SIFA (Italian Society of Analytic Philosophy) (October 24, 1994).

Honors and Awards

2009-2010 FASN Travel Award ($250)

2008-2009 The Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence ($2000). This fellowship recognized me as one of Rutgers University’s most distinguished young faculty members (university-wide competition).

2008-2009 FASN Travel Award ($500)

2007-2008 Provost’s Tenure Track Travel Award ($759)

2006-2007 Provost’s Tenure Track Travel Award ($860)

2006 NEH Summer Stipend ($5,000)

2003 CLASS Award, College of Liberal Arts Scholarship Support (From the University of South Carolina) ($4,500)

2002 (Spring Semester) Rutgers University and Bevier Fellowship ($6,000)

2001 Graduate student Travel Award, Eastern APA ($300)

2000 Distinction in Area Test in Philosophy of Language

1997 - 1998, Rutgers University Excellence Fellowship ($11,000)

1996-1997, Rutgers University Excellence Fellowship ($11,000)

1995- 1996, Rutgers University Excellence Fellowship ($11,000)

1994-5, MURST Fellowship (University of Pisa Research Fellowship) ($5,000)

1994 Graduated summa cum laude from the Philosophy Department at the University of Pisa, Italy.

1992 EEC Fellowship (European Community Fellowship) ($5,000)

Affiliations

Member: American Philosophical Association; Aristotelian Society; Society for Exact Philosophy; South Carolina Society for Philosophy.

Service

Teaching Experience

Princeton University
Upper-level Course in early Modern Philosophy: Descartes, Spinoza and Leibniz (300-level)

Rutgers University – Newark
Advanced Modern Philosophy (300-level)
Introduction to Greek Philosophy (200-level)
Introduction to Modern Philosophy (200-level)
Introduction to Philosophy (100-level)

University of South Carolina
Introduction to Philosophy (100 level)
Introduction to Modern Philosophy (200 level)
Graduate seminar in XVIIth and XVIIIth Century Philosophy (700-level)
Graduate Seminar on Continental Rationalism (500-level)

Rutgers University -- New Brunswick
Critical Reasoning (100 level)
Upper-Level Class in the history of Philosophy: “Descartes, Locke and the XVIIth            Century” (300 level)
Upper-Level Class in the history of Philosophy: “Hume, Kant and the XVIIIth Century” (300 level)
Introduction to Philosophy (100 level)