I am a philosopher of mind and evolutionary anthropologist.


I am currently investigating how animals understand time and action.

I was educated in logic and philosophy of science at Milan University, and in philosophy of mind at the University of Edinburgh. I then completed a PhD in philosophy of psychology at Antwerp University, with a dissertation entitled Animal Intention. This work represents the first systematic theory of intention applied to the study of animal cognition from a philosophical, ethological, psychological, and neuroscientific perspective.   

In 2016 I was awarded the Research Associate Fellowship of the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University in the City of New YorkIn 2017 I was Early Career Fellow of the Lichtenberg-kolleg at the University of Göttingen and of the Leibniz Institute for Primate Research. The Leibniz Foundation also sponsored my work at the Primate Research Institute of Kyoto UniversityIn 2018 I have been awarded the Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Sidney M. Edelstein Center for the History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I was Visiting Professor at Boğaziçi University, in Istanbul in 2018. And in 2019 I have been funded by the Israeli Science Foundation at Bar-Ilan University, in Tel Aviv.


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Check out the interview that I gave for Popular Science Magazine Türkiyë, about my work both as a researcher in academia and as a photographer on the road.