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Doctoral School in Philosophy and Human Sciences  

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The doctoral programme in Philosophy and Human Sciences is a new higher education programme which integrates the skills required for theoretical and experimental research in disciplines such as anthropology, geography, linguistics, psychology and cognitive science, social science, art theory and criticism, with the findings of philosophical research, both theoretical and historical.

The programme makes use of the multidisciplinary skills of the Board of Lecturers and aims to provide extensive knowledge in specific sectors of basic and applied research. It promotes innovative and cutting-edge research in areas requiring the ability to master theories, methods and techniques from various fields.

The language of courses and reading groups will be mainly English.

Coordinator: Prof. Andrea Pinotti

Email: phd.filosofiaescienzedelluomo@unimi.it

Teaching Program

Research Topics and Learning Objectives  

Learning Objectives

The programme aims to provide students with a solid philosophical and scientific grounding in one of the following research areas:
  • Theoretical-Aesthetic Domain
  • Moral-Political Domain
  • Language Theories Domain
  • Historical-Philosophical Domain
  • Human Sciences Domain

The teaching program 2021/2022 will consist of courses, reading groups and series of seminars. PhD students will be allowed to arrange, in agreement with their tutors, a customized plan, possibly drawing from teaching activities offered by other PhD programs within or outside UNIMI,


Prof. Andrea Pinotti

Board of the Doctorate

- Prof. Stefano Bacin
- Prof. Paola Bozzi
- Prof. Luca Ciabarri
- Prof. Niccolò Guicciardini
- Prof. Andrea Zhok

Research Topics of the Doctoral School in Philosophy and the Humans Sciences


Contemporary Philosophy (1): Phenomenology; Existentialism; Hermeneutics; Philosophical Anthropology C. Di Martino, R. Fabbrichesi, A. Zhok 
Contemporary Philosophy (2): Pragmatism and Philosophy of Practices; GenealogyC. Di Martino, R. Fabbrichesi  A. Zhok 
Contemporary Philosophy (3): MetaphysicsP. Valore 
Theories of language (1): Language and Metaphysics; Semantic Theories of LanguageE. Paganini 
Theories of language (2): Glottology; Comparative Linguistics; Comparative MorphosyntaxM. Vai
Aesthetics (1): Image theories and Visual Culture; Theories of Cinema and Photography; Media Theories and Media Archaeologies; Cultural StudiesP.L.E.  Bozzi, C. Cappelletto, B. Carnevali, A.C. Dalmasso, B. Grespi, A. Pinotti
Aesthetics (2): Performance Studies; Philosophy and Literature; Rhetoric; NeuroaestheticsP.L.E.  Bozzi, C. Cappelletto, B. Carnevali
Aesthetics (3): History of Aesthetics: Philosophical Concepts of Aesthetic Nature; Aesthetics in  Premodern PhilosophyE. Franzini, A. Frigo, A. Pinotti
Ethics and Politics (1): Contemporary Theories of Recognition and Justice; Identities (Gender) TheoriesC. Cappelletto, B. Carnevali, A. Ceron, M. Geuna
Ethics and Politics (2): Animal StudiesG. Mormino 
Ethics and Politics (3): International Politics and Regional Integrations; History of International RelationsP. Graglia 
Ethics and Politics (4): History of Modern Political Thought; Democracy; Public Opinion; Politics and Psychology; Medieval Models of Political and Economical Sovereignty A. Ceron, M. Geuna, M. Simonazzi, S. Simonetta
Ethics and Politics (5):  Foundations of ethics; Contemporary value theory; Philosophy of history; political philosophy (liberalism and communitarianism); philosophical anthropologyA. Zhok, C. Cappelletto, B. Carnevali
History of Philosophy (1): Plato, Aristotle, Hellenistic and Post-Hellenistic PhilosophyA. Falcon, F. Forcignanò
History of Philosophy (2): The Platonic Tradition from Antiquity to German Idealism; The Aristotelian Tradition from Antiquity to the Modern AgeS. Bacin, M. Baldi, L. Bianchi, S. Di Bella, A. Falcon, F. Forcignanò, G. Mori, S. Simonetta, L. Campi
History of Philosophy (3): Censorship and Libertas Philosophandi from the Middle Ages to the EnlightenmentS. Bacin, M. Baldi, L. Bianchi, A. Ceron, M. Geuna, M. Simonazzi, S. Simonetta, L. Campi 
History of Philosophy (4): Good life, virtue, and happiness from Antiquity to the Enlightenment S. Bacin, M. Baldi, L. Bianchi, A. Ceron, A. Falcon, F. Forcignanò, M. Geuna, M. Simonazzi, S. Simonetta
History of Philosophy (5): History of Ethics from the 17th to the 20th CenturyS. Bacin,  A. Frigo, G. Mormino 
History of Philosophy (6): Epistemology, Ethics and Politics in Ancient and Modern Thought M. Baldi, S. Di Bella, A. Ceron, A. Falcon, F. Forcignanò, A. Frigo, M. Geuna, P. Giordanetti, G. Mori, G. Mormino, M. Simonazzi 
History of Philosophy (7): Epistemology and ontology in Contemporary ThoughtP. Valore 
History of Philosophy (8): Kant and German Classical PhilosophyS. Bacin, P. Giordanetti
History of Philosophy (9): Metaphysics and Philosophy of Nature from Antiquity to the Modern Age L. Bianchi, S. Di Bella, A. Falcon, F. Forcignanò, A. Frigo, G. Mormino, L. Campi 
History and Philosophy of the SciencesA. Falcon, Niccolò Guicciardini, Elio Nenci, Luca Guzzardi, G. Mori
Anthropology (1): Material Culture,  Media and Symbolic RepresentationsA. Biscaldi, L. Ciabarri, G. Mangiameli
Anthropology (2): anthropology of science and indigenous epistemologiesS. Allovio, G. Mangiameli 
Anthropology (3): mobility, solidarity, cooperation, humanitarianism and social identities S. Allovio, A. Biscaldi, L. Ciabarri
Anthropology (4): anthropology of nature; culture and environment; relationship between humans and non-humans.S. Allovio, L. Ciabarri, G. Mangiameli
Geography:  Populations, Migrations and Borders; Geopolitics; Political Borders; Cultural BordersA. Biscaldi, L. Ciabarri, S. Rinauro,  A. Violante 
Geography (2): Climatic changes; Environmental geo-history; landscape evolution; socio-environmental conflictsL. Bonardi, G. Mangiameli 
Pedagogy; Didactics and special pedagogy: Didactics, Educational technology, Media Education, inclusive educationA. Garavaglia 

Sociology (1): science and technology studies (STS), epistemology and constructivism

G. Gobo
Sociology (2): workplaces studies, coordination studies, interaction, language, sensesG. Gobo
Sociology (3): ethnographic experiments, video-analysis, methodology of social research, research methods (survey, discursive interview, focus group, ethnography)G. Gobo



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