I am Associate Professor at the University of Padua, Italy. My main areas of research involve epistemology and history of ideas. In the first stage of my career I have worked on Leibniz (focussing on the concepts of “life” and “organism”) and on the relations between Leibniz and Hegel. Over the last ten years, I've dealt with early American naturalism and phenomenology. In particular, I have been working on the philosophy of Wilfrid Sellars and on Marvin Farber's project of naturalizing phenomenology. I am currently writing a book on the topic of naturalism and civilization.