Logo Università degli Studi di Milano


Doctoral School in Philosophy and Human Sciences  

Logo of the Doctoral School in Philosophy and Human Sciences

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. Niccolò Guicciardini Corsi Salviati 

Email: phd.filosofiaescienzedelluomo@unimi.it

Teaching Program

Learning Objectives FSU PHD School - 2023-2024  

Learning Objectives

The programme aims to provide students with a solid philosophical and scientific grounding in one of the following research areas:

  • Theoretical-Aesthetic-Linguistic Domain
  • Moral-Political Domain
  • Historical-Philosophical Domain
  • Human Sciences Domain

The teaching program 2023/2024 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. Niccolò Guicciardini Corsi Salviati

Board of the Doctorate

  • Paola Bozzi
  • Pietro Conte
  • Stefano Allovio
  • Paolo Spinicci
  • Diana Di Segni
  • Andrea Zhok
  • Niccolò Guicciardini Corsi Salviati

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


RESEARCH AREADescr ENGDocente/Professor
Contemporary Philosophy (1): Phenomenology; Existentialism; Hermeneutics; Philosophical Anthropology C. Di Martino  R. Fabbrichesi  P. Spinicci  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  P. Conte  B. Grespi  A. Pinotti  P. Spinicci  
Aesthetics (2): Performance Studies; Philosophy and Literature; Rhetoric; Neuroaesthetics; New Materialisms; Experimental AestheticsP.L.E.  Bozzi  C. Cappelletto P. Spinicci  
Aesthetics (3): History of Aesthetics: Philosophical Concepts of Aesthetic Nature; Aesthetics in  Premodern PhilosophyP. Conte  E. Franzini  A. Frigo  A. Pinotti 
Ethics and Politics (1): Contemporary Theories of Recognition and Justice; Identities (Gender) TheoriesC. Cappelletto  A. Ceron   M. Geuna  B. Grespi 
Ethics and Politics (2): Animal StudiesG. Mormino 
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 anthropologyC. Cappelletto  M. Simonazzi  A. Zhok 
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   L. Bianchi   L. Campi S. Di Bella  D. Di Segni  A. Falcon  F. Forcignanò  G. Mori  S. Simonetta 
History of Philosophy (3): Censorship and Libertas Philosophandi from the Middle Ages to the EnlightenmentS. Bacin  L. Bianchi  L. Campi A. Ceron  D. Di Segni  M. Geuna  G. Mori  S. Simonetta

History of Philosophy (4): Good life, virtue, and happiness from Antiquity to the Enlightenment S. Bacin  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 A. Ceron  S. Di Bella  A. Falcon  F. Forcignanò   A. Frigo  M. Geuna  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
History of Philosophy (9): Metaphysics and Philosophy of Nature from Antiquity to the Modern Age L. Bianchi  L. Campi  S. Di Bella  A. Falcon  F. Forcignanò   A. Frigo  G. Mormino
History and Philosophy of the SciencesA. Falcon  N. Guicciardini  L. Guzzardi  G. Mori 
Anthropology (1): Material Culture,  Media and Symbolic RepresentationsA. Biscaldi   G. Mangiameli  M. Sapignoli 
Anthropology (2): anthropology of science and indigenous epistemologiesS. Allovio  G. Mangiameli  M. Sapignoli 
Anthropology (3): mobility, solidarity, cooperation, humanitarianism and social identities; migrations and bordersS. Allovio  A. Biscaldi  M. Sapignoli 
Anthropology (4): anthropology of nature; culture and environment; relationship between humans and non-humans; Climatic changes; Environmental geo-historyS. Allovio  G. Mangiameli  ; M. Sapignoli 
Pedagogy; Didactics and special pedagogy: Didactics, Educational technology, Media Education, inclusive educationA. Garavaglia 
Sociology (1): science and technology studies (STS), epistemology and constructivismG. 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 



Announcement of additional PhD scholarships ESF React EU PON

The public call for applications for the award of additional PhD scholarships has been published, pursuant to Ministerial Decree no. 1061 of 10 August 2021, for the academic year 2021/2022 - cycle XXXVII, co-funded through the ESF-React EU resources of the 2014-2020 National Research and Innovation Operational Programme (PON).

Applications must be submitted by 2 p.m. on 8 November 2021.

The call for applications is available in Session 2 of the website:


Back to top