Research team

Mario De Caro 

I’m a Professor of Moral Philosophy at Università Roma Tre and regularly a Visiting Professor at Tufts University, where I teach since 2000. Twice a Visiting Scholar at MIT, a Fulbright Fellow at Harvard University, and a former President of the Italian Association of Analytic Philosophy (SIFA), currently I’m vice president of the Consulta Nazionale di Filosofia, Hilary Putnam’s literary executor and Associate editor of the Journal of the American Philosophical Association and of Ancient Philosophy Today. I’ve given lectures in more than one hundred academic institutions in eighteen countries and published five books in Italian, more than twenty collections in English and Italian, and more than one hundred scientific articles in six languages. My last book in Italian is Realtà (Bollati Boringhieri, 2020), while Liberal Naturalism (with David Macarthur) is forthcoming for Harvard UP. My research interests include ethics, metaphilosophy, metaphysics, philosophy of mind and action, history of early modern philosophy, and philosophy of film. 

Sofia Bonicalzi

I am an Assistant Professor in Moral Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, Communication and Performing Art, Roma Tre University. I am also affiliated with the Cognition, Value and Behavior research group at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, and currently I am a fellow of the Institut d'études avancées de Paris. I work on moral philosophy, philosophy of mind/action, philosophy of cognitive neuroscience, and moral psychology from an interdisciplinary perspective. My current research focuses on the philosophy and neuroscience of volition, action and responsibility. For more information, please check my personal web page.

Mirko Garasic

I am an Assistant Professor in Moral Philosophy at the Department of Educational Sciences, at Roma Tre University. Previously, I have been teaching Bioethics and Digital Ethics at LUISS University. Among other positions, I have been twice a Visiting Professor in Neuroethics at IMT School for Advanced Studies, Lucca, a Research Scholar at the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights in Rome, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Tel Aviv University, a Golda Meir Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an Erasmus Mundus Fellow at Monash University and a Yale University and Hastings Center Visiting Scholar thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship. I am currently working on several projects focused on human enhancement, neuroethics, space ethics, environmental ethics and life extension. Among other venues, my work has been published in BMC Medical Ethics, Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy, Topoi and Medicina e Morale. My first book Guantanamo and Other Cases of Enforced Medical Treatment–A Biopolitical Analysis (Springer, 2015) has been discussed by international scholars in the prestigious Journal of Medical Ethics and Bioetica. My latest book, in Italian, has just been published: Leviatano 4.0 – Politica delle Nuove Tecnologie (Luiss University Press, 2022).

Chiara Palazzolo

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Honors College of the University of Tulsa, working with Professor Jennifer Frey. My background lies in philosophy and music.

Previously, I held a post-doctoral researcher position at Roma Tre University. In May 2022, I completed a PhD in philosophy, jointly funded by the University of Roma Tor Vergata and Roma Tre University, under the supervision of Professor Mario De Caro (Roma Tre University & Tufts). My doctoral thesis, entitled “Music as Vocation: Ethics and Role Responsibility of the Interpreter” explored the role responsibility of musical performers and the ontological assumptions underlying such responsibility in Western classical music. In the spring semester of 2022–2023, I taught a course on “Ethics of Visual and Performing Arts” at the Department of DAMS at Roma Tre University.  I have been a member of Aretai - Center on Virtues and SIFM (Italian Society of Moral Philosophy) since 2022. In January–February 2023, I undertook a research period at the University of Glasgow under the supervision of Professor Glen Pettigrove. And, In 2019, I spent a study period at the University of Maryland under the guidance of Professor Jerrold Levinson. Since 2018, I have been a teaching assistant in moral philosophy at the Department of Philosophy at Roma Tre University.  Formerly, I obtained my Bachelor's degree (2013) and Master's degree (2017) in philosophy from the University of Parma. In 2014, I graduated in opera singing from the Arrigo Boito Conservatory in Parma. My research interests encompass contemporary virtue ethics, music education, aesthetics, philosophy of music, professional ethics of music, music psychology, and moral psychology.