I am a Faculty Fellow at the University of King’s College in Halifax where I teach in the Foundation Year Program (https://ukings.ca/area-of-study/foundation-year-program/). I am also affiliated with the Department of Classics at Dalhousie University where I take part in graduate committees and serve as a reader for graduate theses. My areas of specialisation are ancient philosophy, ethics and moral psychology.
Born and raised in Italy, I completed a BA and a MA in Philosophy at the University of Padova. During the MA, I spent a year as a visiting student at UCLA. I received a MA, an MPhil and a PhD in Classical Studies/Ancient Philosophy from Columbia University. In my doctoral dissertation entitled Happiness and Superlative Value in the Eudemian Ethics (sponsor: Katja Vogt), I argued that in the Eudemian Ethics, Aristotle ascribes specific roles in motivation to three value-properties – the good, the beautiful and the pleasant – and I explored their metaphysics. During my PhD, I was awarded a DAAD fellowship (2016) for studying at the Munich School of Ancient Philosophy and a Chateaubriand Fellowship (2018) for doing dissertation research at Sorbonne Université (Paris I).
My book project focuses on the virtues of thinking and on the unity of the virtues in Aristotle’s Eudemian Ethics. The project engages primarily with the text and with the philosophical proposal of the Eudemian Ethics, but it aims also to shed light on its relation with the Nicomachean Ethics, On the Soul and Protrepticus. I am also working on a project on naturalism and natural goods in Aristotle’s ethics. With my research, I investigate an unexplored ethical proposal and I aim to find out how this proposal contributes to ancient and contemporary discussions on naturalism, virtue ethics, metaethics and value theory.
In addition to my interest in Aristotle, I have research interests in Plato’s Symposium, Republic and Philebus, in Epicurean philosophy and in Greek lyric poetry. I am fascinated by ancient cosmology and by the sublime in Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura. Besides ancient philosophy, I have done research on Greek tragedy, on emotions in antiquity, on contemporary aesthetic theories, and on on Heidegger’s unpublished notes on Brentano’s Von der Mannigfachen Bedeutung des Seienden. I taught introduction to philosophy, Greek tragedy, Greek history, Latin, and Contemporary Civilization (a great books course on moral and political philosophy from antiquity to the present).
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