University of Genoa :: Department of Philosophy :: Epistemology Section

Massimiliano Vignolo


Contacts

Department of Philosophy
University of Genoa
Via Balbi 4, 16126 Genova, Italy
Tel: 39+01020951982

Fax: 39+01020951980
E-mail: maxi@nous.unige.it
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montebianco

                                                            'Mont Blanc with its snowfields is not itself
                                                a component part of the thought
                                                                   that Mont Blanc is more than 4,000 meters high'
                                         (G. Frege, Letter to B. Russell, 13-11-1904)


Short CV

  • 1991 School-leaving Certificate in Classical Studies, Genoa, Italy, final note 60/60
  • 1997 Degree in Philosophy,  University of Genoa, Italy, final note 110/110 cum laude
  • 1998-99 Dipl˘me d'╔tudes SuperiÚures, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1999 Summer School in Analytic Philosophy, Bertinoro, Italy
  • 2000 Summer School in Analytic Philosophy, Parma, Italy
  • 2000 Summer School in History and Philosophy of Logic, Rovereto, Italy
  • 2001 Summer School in Analityc Philosophy, Parma, Italy
  • 2001/2 Visiting Student at Stanford University, USA
  • 2004 Summer School in Analytic Philosophy, Venice, Italy
  • 2004 PhD in Philosophy of Language at the University of Piemonte Orientale, Italy
  • 2004 Research Fellowship at the University of Genoa, Italy
  • 2005/7 Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Bologna, Italy
  • 2008/10 Fellowship within the European Project OKKAM, University of Trento, Italy
  • 2010/11 Fellowship within the European Project POSDRU, University of Genoa, Italy
  • 2011 Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Genoa, Italy

Research interests

Phiosophy of Language :: Philosophy of Mind :: Metaphysics :: Philosophical Naturalism


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Publications

Books

Authored:
- Afferrare Pensieri, Carocci, Roma, 2001
- Use against Scepticism, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle,  2009, see table of content and info on the book
Edited:
- with M. Beaney and C. Penco (eds.) Explaining the Mental, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, 2007

- with C. Penco, V. Ottonelli, M.C. Amoretti (eds.) Proceedings of the 4th LatinMeeting in Analytic Philosophy, Genoa, Italy, September 20-22, 2007,  CEUR  Workshop Proceedings, ISSN 1613-0073, online CEUR-WS.org/Vol-278/
- with F. Domaneschi and C. Penco (eds.) Proceedings of the 3rd Workshop on Contexts, Genoa, Italy, June 11, 2010, CEUR Workshop Proceedings, ISSN 16-0073, online CEUR-WS.org/Vol-594
- with M.C. Amoretti, Disaccordo, Annuario della SocietÓ  Italiana di Filosofia Analitica (SIFA), Mimesis, Milano, 2012

Papers

Italian

  • (1999) "Proposizioni e Indicali", Lingua e Stile 34: 317-338
  • (2001) "Nomi Propri, Descrizioni Definite e Contenuti Proposizionali. Su un fraintendimento di Kripke", Epistemologia 24: 123-146
  • (2001) "Realismo Intenzionale, Naturalizzazione dell'IntenzionalitÓ   ed Esternismo", in Filosofia e Linguaggio in Italia. Nuove ricerche in corso. Atti del VIII congresso nazionale della SocietÓ   Italiana di Filosofia del Linguaggio, Cosenza, 2001. Copyright 2002 Dipartimento di Filosofia - UniversitÓ   della Calabria depositato ai sensi di legge presso la Prefettura di Cosenza
  • (2002) The following entries of the Dizionario delle Opere, Bompiani, 2005: "The Meaning of Meaning" by C.K. Ogden & A. Richards, "The Concept of Mind" by G. Ryle, "The Foundation of Empiricism" by A. Ayer, "Language, Truth and Logic" by A. Ayer
  • (2003) "Sull'Olismo Semantico", Rivista di Filosofia 45: 493-509
  • (2007) "EntitÓ   Pleonastiche", Chora 14: 49-54
  • (2010) "Deflazionismo e IdoneitÓ   alla VeritÓ", in M. Carrara e V. Morato (eds.) VeritÓ. Annuario e Bollettino della SocietÓ  Italiana di Filosofia Analitica (SIFA) 2010, Mimesis Edizioni, Milano, pp. 333-339
  • (2011) "Descrizioni Definite e Forma Logica", in R. Davies (ed. ) Analisi. Annuario della SocietÓ  Italiana di Filosofia Analitica (SIFA) 2011, Mimesis Edizioni, Miano, 2011, pp. 315-322
  • (2013) "Descrizioni Definite", APhEx, 8: 1-53

English

  • (2005) with C. Penco "Converging towards What? Pragmatic and Semantic Competence", http://CEUR-WS.org/Vol-136/, ISSN 1613-0073
  • (2006) "Is Truth a Genuine Property?" in P. Valore (ed.) Topics on General and Formal Ontology, Polimetrica International Scientific Publisher, Monza, 2006: 267-79
  • (2006) "Propositions: What They Could and What They Could not Be", Abstracta 2: 129-147
  • (2006) "A Defence of Fregean Propositions", Disputatio 21: 40-64.
  • (2007) with  M. Beaney and C. Penco, "Introduction", in M. Beaney, C. Penco and M. Vignolo (eds.) Explaining the Mental, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, 2007
  • (2008) "Deflationism, Truth-Aptness and Non-Factualism", Studia Philosophica Estonica 1: 200-219
  • (2008) "Horwich and Miller on Dispositionalist Theories of Meaning", European Journal of Analytic Philosophy 4: 79-95
  • (2009) "Pleonastic Entities: Fictional Characters and Propositions",  Philosophical Investigations 32: 65-78
  • (2009) with P. Bouquet, T. Palpanas and H. Stoermer "A Conceptual Model for a Web-Scale Entity Name System", in A. Gomez-PerÚz, Y.Yu and Y.Ding (eds.) ASWC 2009, LNCS 5926 pp. 46-60, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heildelberg, 2009
  • (2010) "The Ontology of Products", Metaphysica, 11: 1-16
  • (2010) "Why Non-factualists Should love Conceptual Role Semantics", Grazer
    Philosophische Studien 80: 1-19
  • (2010) "Towards an Ontology of Products", in A. Galton & R. Mizoguchi (eds.) Formal Ontology in Information System, Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference (FOIS 2010), IOS Press, Amsterdam, 2010
  • (2010) "Does Deflationism Lead Necessarily to Minimalism about Truth-Aptness?", Polish Journal of Philosophy 4: 81-98
  • (2010) "Meaning, Classical Logic and Semantic Realism", Prolegomena 9: 25-44
  • (2010) "The Referential/Attributive Interpretation of Definite Descriptions and the Pragmatic Filter", in G. Ferrari, P. Bouquet, M. Cruciani, F. Giardini (eds.) Pratiche della Cognizione: Atti del 7th Convegno della SocietÓ  Italiana di Scienze Cognitive, UniService, Trento, 2010, pp. 107-111
  • (2010) "Abstracting Propositions: How Many of Them Do We Need?", Conceptus 39: 7-30
  • (2011) "Contextualism, Pragmatics and Definite Descriptions", Lodz Papers in Pragmatics, Special Issue on Contextualism, 7.2: 291-307
  • (2012) with P. Bouquet and H. Stoermer "Web of Data and Web of Entities: Identity and Reference in Interlinked Data in the Semantic Web", Philosophy & Technology 25: 5-26
  • (2012) with M.C. Amoretti "Disagreement in Philosophy", in C. M. Amoretti and M. Vignolo (eds.) Disaccordo. Annuario della SocietÓ  Italiana di Filosofia Analitica (SIFA), Mimesis, Milano, 2012, pp. 5-21
  • (2012) "A Relativistic Note on Villa's Pragmatically Oriented Theory of Legal Interpretation", Revus 17: 67-75
  • (2012) "Referential/Attributive: The Explanatory Gap of The Contextualist Theory", dialectica 66: 621–633
  • (2013) "On the Truth-Conditional Relevance of Modes of Presentation", Disputatio, V, 35: 57-66
  • (2013) "Surprise Indexicalism", in C. Penco and F. Domaneschi (eds.) What is Said and What is Not, CSLI Publications, Stanford, pp. 59-85
  • (2014) "What  Incompleteness Arguments are and What They are not", Ratio, XXVII, 2: 123-139
  • (201X) "What Incompleteness Arguments Tell Us about Semantics and Linguistic Competence", forthcoming in Semantics and Beyond. Philosophical and Linguistic Investigations, Piotr Stalmaszczyk (ed.)

Reviews

Translations

  • (2003) John Perry, Contesti, (John Perry's Lectures given at the University of Genoa in 2000), De Ferrari, Genova, 2003

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Conferences

  • 2000, Workshop on Context, Genoa, Italy. Title of the talk: "Contesti Epistemici"
  • 2001, 1st Latin Conference in Analytic Philosophy, Lisbon, Portugal. Title of the talk: "Perry, Evans & McDowell on indexicals"
  • 2001, 8th National Conference of the Italian Society of Philosophy of Language, Cosenza, Italy. Title of the talk: "Realismo Intenzionale, naturalizzazione dell'intenzionalitÓ  e esternismo"
  • 2002, 5th National Conference of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy, Bergamo, Italy. Title of the talk: "Teoria del significato come uso e scetticismo sul significato"
  • 2003, 10th Italian-Spanish Meeting in Analytic Philosophy, Pamplona, Spain. Discussant of "Evans on descriptive Names"
  • 2005, CRR '05 Workshop on Context Representation and Reasoning, Paris, France. Title of the talk: "Converginh Towards What"
  • 2005, ESAP5, Lisbon, Portugal. Title of the talk: "Dummett's Argument against Semantic Realism"
  • 2007, 6th Italian-German Meeting in Analytic Philosophy, Parma, Italy. Discussant of "Content and the epistemic equivalence of utterances"
  • 2009, 4th ASWC, Shanghai, China. Title of the talk: "A Conceptual Model for a Web-Scale Entity Name System"
  • 2009, ILIKS Annual Meeting, Trento, Italy. Title of the talk: "A Conceptual Model for the Entity-centric Web: Reference, iIentity, Identifiers
  • 2010, FOIS2010, Toronto, Canada. Title of the talk: "Towards an Ontology of Products"
  • 2010, Truth and Context, Torino/Bologna, Italy. Title of the talk: "Contextual Indexicalism"
  • 2010, SWAP2010, Bressanone, Italy. Title of the talk: "A Conceptual Model for a Web-Scale Entity Name System"
  • 2010, AISC2010, Trento, Italy. Title of the talk: "The Referential/Attributive Interpretation of Definite Descriptions and the Pragmatic Filter"
  • 2011, PhiLang2011, Lodz, Poland. Title of the talk: "Definite Descriptions and Contextualism"
  • 2011, ECA7, Milano, Italy. Title of the talk: "Contextualism and Definite Descriptions"
  • 2012, Reference and Proper Names, Parma, Italy. Title of the talk: "Comment on Should Proper Names Still Seem So Problematic? by Michael Devitt"
  • 2012, Tenth National Conference of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy, Alghero, Italy. Title of the Talk: "Semantics, Metaphysics,and Linguistic Competence: The Case of Incompleteness Arguments"
  • 2013, PhiLang2013, Lodz, Poland. Title of the talk: "Incompleteness Arguments"

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Conferences and Seminars Organization

  • 1999: Robert Brandom's seminar on pragmatic inferentialism and semantic expressivism, Genoa, Italy
  • 2000: John Perry's Lectures on Indexicality, Reflexivity and Context, Genoa, Italy
  • 2002: Organizing Committee: International Workshop on Context: Pragmatics vs Semantics, Genoa, Italy
  • 2004: Organizing Commitee: Errore e Ragionamento, Imperia, Italy, June 17-18
  • 2004: Organizing Committee  - VI  Sifa National Conference"Filosofia analitica e cultura europea", Genoa, Italy, September 23-25.
  • 2005: Organizing Committee - International Meeting on Mental Processes: Representing and Inferring, Genoa, Italy, October 19-21.

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Teaching Activities

  • 2005/2007 - Master in Cognitive Sciences (course of Pragmatic and Semantic Theory, and course of Critical Thinking)
  • 2005/2006; 2006/2007; 2007/2008 - Theory of Communication: Faculty of Arts; Genoa University (Lecturer)
  • 2005/2006; 2006/2007; 2007/2008 - Semiotics: Faculty of Education; Genoa University (Teaching Assistant)
  • 2008/2009 - Semiotics: Faculty of Education; Genoa University (Lecturer)
  • 2009/2010 - Philosophy of Science: Faculty of Arts; University of Parma (Lecturer)
  • 2011/2012 - Ontology: Faculty of Arts; University of Genoa (Teaching Assistant)
  • 2012/2013 - Ontology: Faculty of Arts; University of Genoa (Lecturer)

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Participation to Research Projects

  • 2001-2003 - Contextual Reasoning: Cognitive Content and Linguistic Expression (National Research Project prot. 2001114943_004).
  • 2003-2005 - Representing and Reasoning; A study of Mental Processes (National Research Project prot. 2003110131).

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Web Editing


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Last update: July 2010