I was born in Florence, Italy. I studied philosophy at the University of Florence, the University of London, and the University of Maryland, College Park. I specialize in Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art. In particular, my interests are in the philosophy of literature and the philosophy of the visual arts. Currently, I am working on the intersections between artistic value and values of other sorts, on the nature of depiction, and on the imaginative engagement with narratives.
I wrote my PhD dissertation, titled Artistic and Ethical Values in the Experience of Narratives, at the University of Maryland, College Park, under the supervision of Jerrold Levinson.
I am currently an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Lafayette College, in Easton, Pennsylvania. Prior to moving to Lafayette, I held appointments at Wayne State University and at Grand Valley State University.
My most recent publications include:
- “Portraiture and Portrait-Seeing: From Caravaggio to Digital Selfies.” In Hans Maes, ed., Portraits and Philosophy (2020).
- “The Finale of A.I. Artificial Intelligence.” Film and Philosophy (2017).
- “Ethical Criticism in Perspective: A Defense of Radical Moralism.” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (2013).
- “Ethicism, Particularism, and Artistic Categorization.” Ethical Perspectives (2013).
- Aesthetics: The Key Thinkers (edited). New York and London: Continuum 2012.
- “Cognitive Value and Imaginative Identification: The Case of Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut.” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (2010).
- “In Sympathy with Narrative Characters.” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (2009).
- “In and Out: The Dynamics of Imagination in the Engagement with Narratives.” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (2008).
- “The Ethical Criticism of Art: A New Mapping of the Territory.” Philosophia (2007).
(A longer list of publications, with links to texts, is posted under the Research link.)