My areas of specialization are ancient philosophy, ethics and moral psychology. On October 23, I defended my dissertation on Aristotle’s ethics at Columbia University. Since 2017, I am a Preceptor in Contemporary Civilization (a class on moral and political philosophy from Plato to Foucault) in the Core Curriculum at Columbia University.
Trained as a philosopher and as a classicist, I wrote a dissertation entitled Happiness and Superlative Value in the Eudemian Ethics. In my work, I investigate questions about human motivation, values, and good human lives. In particular, I argue that in the Eudemian Ethics, Aristotle ascribes specific roles in motivation to three value-properties: the good, the beautiful and the pleasant. I am interested in the metaphysics of these values and in how the psychology of the agent relates to them. I investigate how the virtues shape our relation to these values. I argue that the virtues of thinking co-function with the virtues of character, and that they are essential for good agency.
While working within the framework of Aristotle’s ethical theory, I also aim to find out how Aristotelian ideas contribute to contemporary debates in virtue ethics and virtue epistemology and how they may help us come up with new ideas. My work contributes also to the investigation of questions related to the Nicomachean Ethics and to a better understanding of this text. Even though my dissertation focuses on Aristotle’s ethics, I have also research interests in Plato’s Symposium, Republic and Philebus, as well as in Epicurean philosophy. I am fascinated by ancient cosmology and by the relation between philosophy and ancient science. In the past, I worked on the notion of the sublime in Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura.
Before starting my PhD at Columbia University, I studied in Italy (Università di Padova), France (Université Sorbonne- Paris IV), and at UCLA. I did research on emotions in Aristotle’s philosophy, on Aristotle’s Metaphysics and on Greek tragedies. I worked on the multiple senses of being in Aristotle, Brentano and Heidegger. And I did research on Heidegger’s unpublished notes on Brentano’s Von der Mannigfachen Bedeutung des Seienden.