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Michele Di Francesco

Role: Full Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science
Department: Humanities and Life Sciences

Telefono: +39 0382 375859 Fax: +39 0382 375899


Michele Di Francesco is full professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science and Director («Rettore») of the School for Advanced Studies IUSS Pavia. Membre associés of the Institut Jean-Nicod (CNRS, EHESS, ENS), in Paris, he is the former Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan which he contributed to found in 2002. He studied at the State University of Milan («Laurea» and Ph.D. in Philosophy) and Geneva («Certificat de spécialisation»). Member of Wolfson College and Academic Visitor of the Subfaculty of Philosophy at Oxford University (1988), he was invited researcher at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Geneva (1990-1992), and associate professor at the Universities of Palermo (1992/93), Turin and Eastern Piedmont (1993-2003), and full professor at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan (2004-2013). He is the president of the Italian Society of Neuroethics and Philosophy of Neuroscience, and a Past President of the European Society for Analytic Philosophy and of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy, a co-founder and former director of CRESA (Research Centre for Experimental and Applied Epistemology) at the San Raffaele University, where he directed the PhD Program in Philosophy and Cognitive science, and the Doctoral School in Philosophy and science of the mind.

He is the author of eleven books and about one hundred scientific articles; he edited various books and conference proceedings. His most recent books are The Self and Its Defences. From Psychodynamics to Cognitive Science, London, Palgrave Macmillan 2016, (with Massimo Marraffa and Alfredo Paternoster) and Filosofia della mente. Corpo, coscienza, pensiero, Rome, Carocci Editore 2017 (with Massimo Marraffa and Alfredo Tomasetta), His main field of research is the philosophy of mind and of cognitive science, and in particular the philosophical problems of subjective experience (such as the nature of the Self and the place of consciousness in the natural order), the extended-mind model of cognition, and the philosophical basis of cognitive neuroscience.