•  14
    The chapters in this book reflect these different forms of interaction in an effort to clarify issues and debates concerning some traditional cognitive ...
  • Filosofia, musica e ascolto
    Rivista di Storia Della Filosofia 1. 2007.
  •  126
    According to a widespread view, a complete explanatory reduction of all aspects of the human mind to the electro-chemical functioning of the brain is at hand and will certainly produce vast and positive cultural, political and social consequences. However, notwithstanding the astonishing advances generated by the neurosciences in recent years for our understanding of the mechanisms and functions of the brain, the application of these findings to the specific but crucial issue of human agency can…Read more
  •  2
    with Carola Barbero, Mario De Caro, and Alberto Voltolini
    Rivista di Estetica 44 3-5. 2010.
  •  42
    Mysterianism and Skepticism
    Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 1 (2): 449-458. 2009.
    The article discusses the proposals for replying to the skeptical challenge developed by the so-called Neo-mysterians, and more particularly by the most eloquent of them, Colin McGinn. McGinn’s version of mysterianism, which he labels “Transcendental Naturalism,” is a very candid and rigorous form of scientific naturalism since (contrary to the standard naturalistic views) it is prepared to concede both that the attempts to reduce philosophically controversial phenomena – such as knowledge, free…Read more
  •  74
    Is freedom really a mystery?
    In David Macarthur (ed.), Naturalism in Question, Harvard University Press. 2004.
    In this paper the problem of free will is examined
  • Continenti Filosofici: La Filosofia Analitica E le Altre Tradizioni (edited book)
    with Stefano Poggi
    Carocci. 2011.
  • Varieties of naturalism
    In Robert C. Koons & George Bealer (eds.), The Waning of Materialism: New Essays, Oxford University Press. 2009.
  •  113
    Naturalism in Question (edited book)
    Harvard University Press. 2004.
    This volume presents a group of leading thinkers who criticize scientific naturalism not in the name of some form of supernaturalism, but in order to defend a ...
  •  28
    with Luca Illetterati
    Verifiche: Rivista Trimestrale di Scienze Umane 41 (1-3): 3-10. 2012.
  •  110
    The critical concern of the present volume is contemporary naturalism, both in its scientific version and as represented by newly emerging hopes for another, philosophically more liberal, naturalism.1 The papers collected here are state-of-the-art discussions that question the appeal, rational motivations, and presuppositions of scientific naturalism across a broad range of philosophical topics. As an alternative to scientific naturalism, we offer the outlines of a new non- reductive form of nat…Read more
  •  32
    È naturale essere naturalisti?
    with Carola Barbero, Mario De Caro, and Alberto Voltolini
    Rivista di Estetica 44 3-6. 2010.
  •  18
    The view from outside On a distinctively cinematic achievement
    Philosophy and Social Criticism 42 (2): 154-170. 2016.
    What aesthetic interest do we have in watching films? In a much debated paper, Roger Scruton argued that this interest typically comes down to the interest in the dramatic representations recorded by such films. Berys Gaut and Catharine Abell criticized Scruton’s argument by claiming that films can elicit an aesthetic interest also by virtue of their pictorial representation. In this article, we develop a different criticism of Scruton’s argument. In our view, a film can elicit an aesthetic inte…Read more
  •  13
    Mente e linguaggio in Ludwig Wittgenstein
    Rivista di Filosofia 89 (1): 155-158. 1998.
  • Is liberal naturalism possible?
    In Mario de Caro & David Macarthur (eds.), Naturalism and Normativity, Columbia University Press. pp. 69-86. 2010.
  •  14
    Rivista di Filosofia 104 (3): 361-366. 2013.
  • Many philosophers have today a skeptic attitude toward the idea of free will, often because of arguments and evidence that come from neuroscience. Other philosophers claim however that no empirical evidence can shake our beliefs that we do enjoy free will and that, because of this, we are responsible for our choices and deeds. This article analyzes Wittgenstein’s view on the issue that went from the view advocated in the Tractatus to his later view that we are involved in two different perspecti…Read more
  •  43
    In Interpretations and Causes, some of the leading contemporary analytic philosophers discuss Davidson's new ideas in a lively, relevant, useful, and not always ...
  • Beyond scientism
    In Rosa M. Calcaterra (ed.), New Perspectives on Pragmatism and Analytic Philosophy, Editions Rodopi. 2011.
  •  5
    Un catalogo del mondo
    Rivista di Estetica 50 255-258. 2012.
  •  2
    The Architecture of Knowledge: Epistemology, Agency and Science (edited book)
    with Rosaria Egidi
    Roma Tre Università Degli Studi. 2010.
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    Naturalism and Normativity (edited book)
    Cambridge University Press. 2010.
    Normativity concerns what we ought to think or do and the evaluations we make. For example, we say that we ought to think consistently, we ought to keep our promises, or that Mozart is a better composer than Salieri. Yet what philosophical moral can we draw from the apparent absence of normativity in the scientific image of the world? For scientific naturalists, the moral is that the normative must be reduced to the nonnormative, while for nonnaturalists, the moral is that there must be a transc…Read more