Academic Profile


Current Research

My primary research interests are in the field of environmental ethics and bioethics. In my early works (2010, 2011, 2012), I pose the question of whether we can or should include other-than-humans entities – such as sentient and non-sentient living things, natural objects, species, ecological processes, climate, or the earth as a whole – between moral patients. I endorse a multi-centric approach to the problem and argue in favor of ascribing different kinds of moral value (including intrinsic value) to the non-human world. In recent works (2013, 2014, 2015), I claim that scholars in the field have neither adequately addressed issues regarding the moral value of nature nor addressed issues regarding the moral status of natural entities separately. I suggest filling the gap between theory and practice by demonstrating that both policy regulations and public discourse could benefit from this clarification. I also propose a contextual theory, according to which it is possible to balance priorities between intimate and ultimate relationships, which are indeed extremely relevant to the ascription of moral status to other-than-humans entities. I focus my interests on the extension of the status of “moral patient” beyond “persons”. In particular, I am interested in the possibility of valuing nature and non-human living entities intrinsically and its normative consequences. I explore strengths and weaknesses of several theories in environmental ethics and aim to demonstrate that, according to the necessity to set normative limits on human activity that are jeopardizing the natural world, we are required to value nature intrinsically.



PhD in Philosophy, Università degli Studi di Milano, 2014

• Thesis: The Possibility and Legitimacy of Environmental Ethics. A Critical Survey
• Chair: Laura Boella

M.A. in Philosophy, Università degli Studi di Milano, 2010

• Final Grade: Summa Cum Laude (110/110 e lode)
• Thesis: From Anthropocentrism to Ecocentrism
• Chair: Paolo D’Alessandro

B.A. in Moral Psychology, Università degli Studi di Milano, 2007

• Final Grade: Summa Cum Laude (110/110 e lode)
• Dissertation: The Moral Psychology of Original Buddhism
• Chair: Alfredo Civita


Main Studies

Major Fields of Study (2005-2015): Moral Philosophy, Theoretical Philosophy, History of Philosophy
• AOS: Bioethics, Environmental Ethics, Value Theory
• AOC: Ethics, Meta-ethics, Applied Ethics


Additional Studies

• Rachel Carson Center Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen 2012-2013): Visiting PhD Student
• Collegio di Milano – Inter-University Campus of Excellence (2007-2010): Student and Coordinator