Andrea Borghini

Associate Professor of Philosophy | University of Milan
Director of Culinary Mind

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Andrea Borghini

In my work I develop new theoretical tools to rethink how we speak, structure, sense, and feel about food, eating, and culinary culture. Specific topics of research include hunger and appetite, place, and biodiversity. My research sits at the intersection of theory, value, and practice. Though grounded in philosophy, I collaborate with a wide spectrum of scholars in the natural and social sciences, as well as food practitioners.

For a list of events that I recently (co)organized on the philosophy of food and eating, see here. Journal special issues I recently co-edited, include issue 13.38 of Humana.Mente titled "The Philosophy of Food. Recipes Between Arts and Algorithm" and issue 10 (May 2020) of Argumenta titled "Metaphysics at the Table." A special issue on "Understanding Hunger: Philosophical, Psychological and Medical Perspectives" is forthcoming for Topoi (2021).

My early publications focus on core issues in contemporary metaphysics (e.g. possibility and necessity, properties, temporal persistence) and in philosophy of biology (e.g. taxonomies, natural kinds, development and identity).

Previously (2007-2017), I was Associate Professor in Philosophy at the College of the Holy Cross, in Massachusetts (USA). Past visiting faculty appointments include Institute Jean Nicod in Paris, Bryn Mawr College, SUNY Buffalo, University of Turin, and University of Gastronomic Sciences.

I co-founded and later served as Associate Member of the Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy. I received my Ph.D in Philosophy from Columbia University (2007) and my Laurea in Philosophy from University of Florence (2000).

I used to be (2011-2014) the philosophy guide on About.com (now Thoughtco.com), when the site was owned by the New York Times Company. I am eager to bring philosophy to a general public, especially the philosophy of food.


Books

filosofia della biologia

Filosofia della Biologia

[The Philosophy of Biology], with E. Casetta, Carocci Editore, Rome, 2013, ISBN: 9788843069514

Review by Daniele Bertoletti, Verifiche, December 2014 [in English]
Review by Federico Focher, Almanacco della scienza 9, May 28th 2014
Review by Emanuele Serrelli, Indice dei libri, March 2014: 31
Review by Mario De Caro, Il sole 24 ore, January 19th 2014

Il Genio Compreso. La filosofia di Saul Kripke

Il Genio Compreso. La filosofia di Saul Kripke

[A Genius Understood. The Philosophy of Saul Kripke], with C. Hughes, M. Santambrogio, and A.C. Varzi, Carocci Editore, Rome, 2010, ISBN: 9788843054022

Review by Giorgio Lando, Epistemologia 34 (2011): 159-162
Review by Andrea Iacona, Philosophical News 1 (2010): 119-121
Review by Flavio Basso, Rivista italiana di filosofia analitica junior, November 7th 2010
Review by Armando Massarenti, Il sole 24 ore, May 12th 2009

che cos'e' la possibilita

Che cos'e' la possibilita'

[Possibility: What Is It?], Carocci Editore, Rome, 2009, ISBN: 9788843048045

Some excerpts, Rescogitans, March 29th 2009
Review by Stefano Vaselli, Analytical and Philosophical Explanation 1, January 2010
Review by Michele Paolini Paoletti, Recensioni filosofiche, May 12th 2009
Review by Giorgio Fontana, Il sole 24 ore, February 6th 2009


Articles

Philosophy of Food

'Defective Food Concepts'

(with Nicola Piras and Beatrice Serini), Synthese, online first.

'Seven Philosophical Questions About Recipes'

in A. Borghini and P. Engisch, A Philosophy of Recipes, Bloomsbury (2022).

'Eating Local: A Philosophical Toolbox'

(with Nicola Piras and Beatrice Serini), Philosophical Quarterly, online first.

'Cooking and Dining as Forms of Public Art'

(with Andrea Baldini), Food, Culture, and Society (2022), August issue.

'Introduction: Understanding Hunger'

(with Davide Serpico), Topoi (2021), online first.

'On Interpreting Something as Food'

(with Nicola Piras), Food Ethics (2021), 6.1.

'Recipes, Their Authors, and Their Names'

(with Matteo Gandolini), Humana.Mente 13.38 (2020): 143-162

'From Obesity to Energy Metabolism: Ontological Perspectives on the Metrics of Human Bodies'

(with Davide Serpico), Topoi (2020), online first.

'A Gradient Framework for Wild Foods'

(with Nicola Piras and Beatrice Serini), Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, online first (July 24, 2020) [preprint version here]

'The Philosophy of Food. Recipes Between Arts and Algorithms. Introduction'

(with Nicola Piras), Humana.Mente 13.38 (2020): III-XIII

'Ontological Frameworks for Food Utopias'

(with Nicola Piras and Beatrice Serini), Rivista di estetica 75 (2020): 120-142

'Food and Foods. Toward a Definition'

(with Nicola Piras), Rivista italiana di filosofia del linguaggio 1 (2020), forthcoming

'Ordinary Biodiversity: The Case of Food'

in Casetta, Da Silva, Vecchi (eds.), From Assessing to Conserving Biodiversity: Conceptual and Practical Challenges, New York: Springer, 2019: 415-433

'The Aesthetic Properties of Wine'

in Mogensen and Forsey (eds.), On Taste: Aesthetic Exchanges, Newcastle Upon Time: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019: 101-122

'Hunger'

in Thompson and Kaplan (eds.), Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics, Second Edition (2017)

'What Is a Recipe?'

Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 28 (2015): 719-738

'Authenticity in Food'

in Thompson and Kaplan (eds.), Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics (2014): 180-185

'Substantial Equivalence'

in Thompson and Kaplan (eds.), Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics (2014): 1669-1673

'Metaphysics of Natural Food'

in Thompson and Kaplan (eds.), Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics (2014): 1378-1381

'Geographical Indications, Food, and Culture'

in Thompson and Kaplan (eds.), Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics (2014): 1115-1120

'On Being the Same Wine'

Rivista di estetica 51 (2012): 175-192

'Food in the Metaphysical Orders: Gender, Race, and the Family'

Humana.Mente 22 (2012): 1-23

'What Is a True Ribollita? Memory and the Quest for Authentic Food'

in T. Piazza (ed.), Secret and Memory in the Information Age, Afrontamento, Porto, 2010: 95-108

'La mente "in cucina": tre nuovi scenari sul gusto, la fame e le ricette'

['Minds in the Kitchen: Three Emerging Scenarios for Taste, Hunger, and Recipes'], in P. Bucci e M. Galletti (eds.), Il futuro della mente. Da Leonardo alla società della conoscenza, Pisa, ETS, 2020: 265-275

'Dimmi da dove viene e ti diro' che cos'e'' (with Andrea Baldini)

['Tell Me Where It Is From and I Will Tell You What It Is'], Allegoria 25 (2013): 168-183

'Gustare la natura: riflessioni estetiche tra gastronomia e biologia'

['Tasting Nature: Aesthetic Considerations Between Gastronomy and Biology'], in N. Perullo (ed.), Cibo, estetica e arte [Food, Aesthetics, and Art], ETS, Pisa 2014: 33-46

'I confini di un taglio'

['The Boundaries of a Cut'], in E. Casetta and V. Giardino (eds.), Mettere a fuoco il mondo. Conversazioni sulla filosofia di Achille Varzi, Isonomia, Vol. 4, 2014: 13-22

'Geni, ricette e integrazione'

[Genes, Recipes and Cultural Integration], in M.A. Toscano (ed.), Zoon Politikon 2010 - Volume I. On Democracy and Social Integration, Florence: Le Lettere, 2010: 369-378

'I marchi di origine e i miraggi del nominalismo legislativo'

[Geographic Indications And The Mirage of Legal Nominalism], Rescogitans 5.2.2008

Metaphysics

'Learning from COVID-19: Public Justification and the Ontology of Everyday Life'

(with Matteo Bonotti, Nicola Piras, and Beatrice Serini), Social Theory and Practice, online first

'Mob Rules. Towards a Causal Model of Social Structure [preprint]'

(with Marco Nathan), American Philosophical Quarterly, accepted for publication

'Recombination for Combinatorialists'

in F. Calemi (ed.), Metaphysics and Scientific Realism: Essays in Honour of David Malet Armstrong, Berlin, De Gruyter, 2015: 177-192

'Mereological Monism and Humean Supervenience'

(with Giorgio Lando), Synthese 197 (2020): 4745-4765

'Natural Properties and Atomicity in Modal Realism'

(with Giorgio Lando), Metaphysica 16 (2015): 103-121

'The Metaphysics of the Thin Red Line'

(with G. Torrengo), in F. Correia and A. Iacona (eds.), Around the Tree, Synthese Library, Dordrecht, 2013: 105-125

'The Adverbial Theory of Properties'

Metaphysica 13 (2012): 107-123

'Natural Properties, Supervenience, and Mereology'

(with G. Lando), Humana.Mente 19 (2011): 79-104

'Universalism and the Argument From Indifference'

in A. Hall and G. Klima (ed.), The Demonic Temptations of Medieval Nominalism, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, 2011: 25-37

'Generals and Particulars'

in The Analytical Way: Proceedings of the Sixth European Conference of Analytic Philosophy, College Publications (King's College), London, 2010: 379-395

'Dispositions and Their Intentions'

in G. Damschen, R. Schnepf, and K.R. Stueber (eds.), Debating Dispositions: Issues in Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Mind, DeGruyter, Berlin, 2009: 204-219

'A Dispositional Theory of Possibility'

(with N.E. Williams), dialectica 62 (2008): 21-41

'Why I Am Not A Tropist'

in M. Okada and B. Smith (eds.), Proceedings of the First Interdisciplinary Ontology Meeting (InterOntology08), Tokyo, 2008: 93-98

'Event Location and Vagueness'

(with A.C. Varzi), Philosophical Studies 128 (2006): 313-336

'Counterpart Theory Vindicated: A Reply to Merricks'

dialectica 59 (2005): 67-74

'Essere (categoricamente) e poter essere e non essere'

[On Being (categorically) and Being Potentially and Not Being], Verità. Annuario e bollettino della Società italiana per la filosofia analitica 2010, Milano: Mimesis, 2011: 251-259.

'David K. Lewis'

Aphex 2 (2010)

'Esistono proprieta' intrinseche?'

[Are There Intrinsic Properties?], Rivista di Estetica 43 (2010): 231-245

'Generale e particolare'

[General and Particular], Chora V, 14 (2007): 27-36

'Introduzione: percha' i mondi possibili?'

[Introduction: A Plea for Possible Worlds] (with Nicola Ciprotti and Vittorio Morato), Annali del Dipartimento di Filosofia (dell'Università di Firenze) xii (2007): 173-180

'Virtù e vizi del concretismo'

['Virtues and Vices of Concretism'], Annali del Dipartimento di Filosofia (dell'Università di Firenze) xii (2007): 181-193

'Quante cose ci sono in Piazza dei Miracoli?'

[How Many Things Are There in Piazza dei Miracoli?], Rescogitans, 12.17.2005

'Un mondo di possibilita'. Realismo modale senza mondi possibili'

[One World of Possibilities. Modal Realism Without Possible Worlds], Rivista di Estetica 26 (2004): 87-100

'Oggetti possibili e oggetti esistenti. La teoria di David K. Lewis'

Kykeion 7 (2002): 67-77

Philosophy of Biology

'Exploring Darwinian Worlds. From Darwin to the Extended Synthesis. Essay Review of T. Heams, P. Huneman, G. Lecointre and M. Silberstein (eds.), Handbook of Evolutionary Thinking in the Sciences'

(with Elena Casetta), Acta Biotheoretica 65 (2017): 87-94

'Development and Natural Kinds: Some Lessons from Biology'

(with Marco J. Nathan), Synthese 191 (2013): 593-556

'Lessons from the Scientific Butchery'

(with Matthew H. Slater), in J. Campbell, M. O'Rourke and M.H. Slater (eds.), Carving Nature at Its Joints. Topics in Contemporary Philosophy. Vol. 8, MIT Press, Cambridge (MA), 2011: 1-32

'Quel che resta dei generi naturali'

(with Elena Casetta) [Natural Kinds: What's Left], Rivista di estetica 49 (2012): 247-273

'Tratti, sessi e generi. Un dialogo'

(with Elena Casetta) [Traits, Sexes, and Genders. A Dialogue], Rivista di bioetica 19 (2011): 35-53

'Ermes e Afrodite. Un dialogo'

(with Elena Casetta) [Hermes and Aphrodite. A Dialogue], Rescogitans, 11.7.2010

'La durata naturale di un genere naturale'

[The Natural Time of a Natural Kind], Rivista di Estetica 39 (2008): 87-99

Other Papers

'When a Soccer Club Becomes a Mirror'

(with Andrea Baldini), in E.T. Richards (ed.), Soccer and Philosophy, Open Court, Chicago, 2010: 302-316

'Onestà intellettuale e globalizzazione: come cambierà la filosofia?'

[Intellectual Honesty and Globalization: How Philosophy Is Going to Change], Rescogitans, 1.24.2008

Reviews

'Review of A. Hazlett, A Critical Introduction to Skepticism'

Australasian Journal of Philosophy 93 (2015): 408-409

'Review of P. Monaghan, Property Possession as Identity'

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2012.6.38

'Review of Y. Dolev, Time and Realism'

Humana.Mente 8 (2009): 173-176

'Review of Jan Westerhoff, Ontological Categories'

2R 3 (2006-2007): 113-124

'Review of S. Morini and P. Perconti, Chattando sulle email filosofiche'

Rivista di Estetica 32 (2006): 129-131

Magazine Articles

'COVID-19 in Everyday Spaces: Social and Political Considerations'

(with Matteo Bonotti, Nicola Piras, Beatrice Serini, and Steven Zech), ABC News: Ethics and Religion (June 17, 2020)

'Dwelling in Times of Quarantine'

(with Min Kyung Lee), Platform (April 6, 2020)

'The Philosophy of Food'

, Holy Cross Magazine 50.4 (Fall 2016): 60-61

'Meno male che l'OGM c'e'

['Glad GMOs Are Here'], Intelligence in Lifestyle 37 (January 2012): 148-49

'Ribollita metafisica'

['A Metaphysical Ribollita'], Intelligence in Lifestyle 36 (December 2011): 170

'Lezioni di macelleria scientifica'

['Lessons of Butchery and Science'], Intelligence in Lifestyle 35 (November 2011): 216-18

'Cibo, per piacere'

['Food, for Pleasure'], Intelligence in Lifestyle 34 (October 2011): 216

'Il cibo e il suo rimosso geografico'

['Food and Its Geographical Discharge'], Alfabeta2 11 (2011): 28


Talks

(*) marks an invited talk.

  1. 'The Way We Hunger,' A Night of Philosophy and Ideas, Brooklyn Public Library, New York City, February 1-2, 2020
  2. Pianpicollo Research Residency (with artist Claudia Losi), Pianpicollo, Piedmont, Italy, Spring 2020
  3. Season 2, Episode 11 of the TV Program Vita da Ricercatore [A Day in the Life of a Researcher], hosted by Davide Coero Borga, directed by Giuseppe Cembalo, written by Pino Roggero; Memex DOC, Italian public national channel Rai Scuola [30 minutes circa]
  4. 'Rumore di sale [The Sound of Salt],' workshop Jova Beach Party. Divertimento, innovazione, economia, esperienza, ambiente e senso del tempo, organized by the six universities of Milan in collaboration with Lorenzo Cherubini (aka Jovanotti), University of Milan, May 15, 2019
  5. Radio interview on philosophy of food, Radio Popolare Network, July 20, 2018 [5 minutes circa]
  6. Pianpicollo Research Residency, Pianpicollo, Piedmont, Italy, Spring 2020
  7. 'The Place of Health and Fitness in Students' Life,' College of the Holy Cross, November 6, 2013
  8. 'Eating: Pleasure or Duty?,' Human Resources Lunch and Learn Discussions, College of the Holy Cross, October 31, 2012
  9. 'Food,' Fishbowl Discussion, College of the Holy Cross, April 19, 2012
  10. 'Food and Space,' Food and ..., Santa Croce sull'Arno (Pisa, Italy), June 4, 2010
  11. 'Bioethics and Enhancement,' Federazione Malattie Rare Infantili, Turin (Italy), October 20, 2009
  12. 'Le stravaganze dell'ordinario' ('On the Oddities of the Ordinary'), Scuola Media "Domenico Cavalca", Vicopisano (Italy), December 18, 2008
  1. 'Fat Shaming and Social Norms,' HaLO-Oppressive Speech, Societies & Norms, December 3, 2020*
  2. 'Sustainable Food in Italy: Understanding Cultural and Social Norms' (with Matteo Bonotti), Monash University, Prato, January 14 and 28, 2020*
  3. 'Taste, Hunger, Recipes and the Limits of Scientific Knowledge,' roundtable on “Bach and/or Bacteria. Does Scientific Knowledge Have a Limit?,” Triennial Conference of the Italian Society for Philosophy (SFI), Pistoia-Florence, November 7-9, 2019*
  4. 'Ontological Frameworks for Food Utopias' (with Nicola Piras and Beatrice Serini), Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Technology, Milan, October 24-27, 2019
  5. 'Gastro-Norms and the Extended Synthesis,' Fribourg, Switzerland, conference Philosophy and/of Culinary Traditions, September 18-19, 2019*
  6. 'Cooking and Dining as Forms of Public Art' (with Andrea Baldini), conference Philosophy of Art. New Directions, Padua, September 12-13, 2019*
  7. '(Food) Kinds in Time,' summer school Time After Time, Rome, September 2-7, 2019*
  8. 'Hunger as a Bodily Sensation,' workshop Autonomy, Norms, and Emotional Attunement, Politeia, Milan, June 24-25, 2019
  9. 'Outline of a Metaphysics of Dishes and Recipes,' SUNY Buffalo, USA, February 28, 2019*
  10. 'On Being Hungry: A Philosophical Analysis,' Marist College, USA, February 23, 2019*
  11. 'Dip It Before You Eat It! Recipes and Affordances' (with Gabriele Ferretti), Framing Recipes: Identity, Relationships, Norms, University of Milan, Italy, December 4-5, 2018
  12. 'From Foods to Recipes, and Back' (with Nicola Piras), Framing Recipes: Identity, Relationships, Norms, University of Milan, Italy, December 4-5, 2018
  13. 'The Architecture of a Dish: Instructions for Use' (with Gabriele Ferretti), University of Florence, Italy, November 23, 2018*
  14. 'Is Obesity a Phenotype?' (with Davide Serpico), Measuring Hunger Workshop, University of Milan, Italy, November 16, 2018
  15. 'Recipes and Cultural Integration,' IUSS, Pavia, Italy, November 15, 2018*
  16. 'Guarda il calor del sol che si va vino: wine in an age of climate change' (with Cristina Amoretti, Luca Bonardi, Andrea Campisano), Festival della scienza, Genoa, Italy, November 1, 2018*
  17. 'Recipes and European Integration,' Workshop on Recipes and European Integration, University of Milan, October 16, 2018
  18. 'On Being Hungry: A Philosophical Analysis,' The Depths of Hunger Workshop, University of Milan, Italy, October 12, 2018
  19. 'Metaphysics of Food: Phases, Deaths, and Miracles' (with Nicola Piras), Thirteenth Conference of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy, Novara, Italy, September 4–7, 2018
  20. Commentator of John Carroll “Exclusion, Context and Possible Worlds,” Fourth Annual Conference of the Society for the Metaphysics of Science, Milan, Italy, August 22–24 2018
  21. Discussant, book Symposium Down Girl. The Logic of Misogyny by Kate Manne, University of Turin, Turin, Italy, June 14, 2018
  22. 'On Being Hungry: A Philosophical Analysis,' University of Florence, Italy, June 13, 2018*
  23. 'Mob Rules: A Causal Model of Complex Social Phenomena' (with Marco J. Nathan), Workshop Norms and Change, University of Parma, June 6-8, 2018
  24. 'Marinara With Cheese and Other (Im)Possible Recipes,' The Dining Experience: New Questions for Theoretical Philosophy, University of Fribourg (Switzerland), June 4-5, 2018
  25. 'The Aesthetic Properties of Wine,' International Wassard Elea Symposium on Taste, Bad Taste, Tastelessness, Ascea (Italy), May 25-28, 2018
  26. 'Cooking As a Form of Public Art,' 2018 Meeting of the Eastern Division of the American Society for Aesthetics, April 20-21, 2018
  27. 'A Recipe’s Life: Food Identities Across Time and Space,' Workshop on The (Im)Possible Futures of Cities and Agricultural Sites, University of Milan, April 16, 2018*
  28. 'Special Powers,' Ontoformat seminar series, joint session with Carla Bagnoli, University of Milan, March 22, 2018*
  29. 'Philosophers on Food: the State of the Art,' University of Milan, February 20, 2018*
  1. 'Marinara with Cheese and Other (Im)Possible Italian Recipes,' Boston University, December 7, 2017*
  2. Commentator of Julien Deonna’s 'Shame and Empathy,' Workshop on Time, Imagination and Emotions, Gargnano (Italy), September 21-22, 2017*
  3. 'Dispositions and the Varieties of Necessity,' workshop on Potentialities, University of L’Aquila (Italy), September 12, 2017*
  4. '(In)Natural Diversities,' University of Urbino 'Carlo Bo' (Italy), June 29, 2017*
  5. 'The (In)Natural Chain of Being: Food Production Between Evolution, Culture, and Artifice,' lecture series on Philosophical Questions, Padua, March 11, 2017*
  6. 'Consuming Food as a form of Art?,' Italian and French Department, Princeton University, February 15, 2017*
  7. 'The Hunger Problem,' Philosophy Department, Tufts University, November 18, 2016*
  8. 'Ordinary Biodiversity: The Case of Food,' Biodiversity: Units, Levels, Scales, Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência, Lisbon (Portugal), October 6-7, 2016*
  9. Panelist for the panel Are There Possible Worlds?, XIX International Summer School in Philosophy of Physics, Urbino and Cesena (Italy), September 5-9, 2016*
  10. 'Mob Rules: A Causal Model of Aggregative Social Phenomena,' Twelfth National Conference of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy, Pistoia (Italy), September 5-7, 2016
  11. 'De Principiis Generum Naturalium,' FINO-SIFA Graduate Conference, Keynote Address, Università di Genova, Genoa (Italy), June 30 and July 1, 2016*
  12. 'Special Powers' (with Carla Bagnoli), American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Meeting, Poster Session, San Francisco, April 1, 2016
  13. 'Natural Kinds: Lessons from Fruit,' Università di Genova, Genoa (Italy), January 18, 2016*
  14. 'Biological Individuals,' Università di Roma Tre, Rome (Italy), January 12, 2016*
  1. 'The Depths of Hunger,' University of Denver (USA), November 13, 2015*
  2. 'The Causal Influence of Redundant Causes' (with Marco J. Nathan), University of Denver (USA), November 13, 2015*
  3. 'The Ethical Commitments to Hunger,' UNESCO Chair in Bioethics 11th World Conference on Ethics, Medical Ethics, and Health Law, Naples (Italy), October 20-22, 2015*
  4. 'The Causal Influence of Redundant Causes' (with Marco J. Nathan), Formalized and Empirical Approaches Between Physics, Biology, and Cognitive Sciences, Alghero (Italy), July 9-10, 2015*
  5. Commentator of Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra 'Indiscernible Universals,' The Metaphysics of Properties and Relations, Bergamo (Italy), July 1-3, 2015*
  6. 'Causal Mechanisms of Reinforcement in the Social Sciences' (with Marco J. Nathan), Università degli Studi di Urbino, Urbino (Italy), June 24, 2015*
  7. 'Human Diets and the Creation, Co-Optation, and Preservation of Biodiversity,' Evaluating Biodiversity, Urbino (Italy), June 22-23, 2015*
  8. 'Food and Philosophy: Four Case Studies' (three-hour workshop co-led with Ben Wurgaft), Advancing Public Philosophy, San Francisco, USA, June 11-14, 2015
  9. 'The Role of Hunger in the Aesthetic Value of Gastronomic Experiences,' Art, Food, and Aesthetics, Naples (Italy), May 21-23, 2015*
  10. 'Vindicating the Dispositional Theory of Possibility,' Dispositions in Science, Università degli Studi di Roma Tre, Rome (Italy), April 20-21, 2015*
  11. 'Vindicating the Dispositional Theory of Possibility,' The Nature of Dispositions, Università degli Studi di Urbino, Urbino (Italy), April 16, 2015*
  12. 'Philosophy of Food: Issues and Methods,' Università degli Studi di Urbino, Urbino (Italy), April 15, 2015*
  13. 'Dieting and Rule Following: The Case of Vegetarianism,' Moral Cultures of Food: Access, Production, and Consumption from Past to Present, UNT Initiative on Food Culture and Environment, University of North Texas, Denton (TX), USA, April 2-4, 2015
  14. Commentator of Jaclyn Rohel's 'Urban Indigestion: Global Interventions into Waste, Public Space and Social Policy,' Feeding Cities: Ethical and Policy Issues in Urban Food Systems, Northeastern University, Boston, March 27-28, 2015
  15. 'Butchery and the Boundaries of Agency,' Università degli Studi di Firenze, Florence (Italy), March 20, 2015*
  16. 'What Is It That We Know of a Wine When We Drink It?' (with Tommaso Piazza), Università degli Studi di Parma, Parma (Italy), February 13, 2015*
  17. 'Butchery and the Boundaries of Agency,' The Boundaries of Agency, Cogito Research Centre, Università degli Studi di Bologna, Bologna (Italy), February 9, 2015*
  18. 'Future Contingents and Necessary Possibilia,' Future Possibilities, Università degli Studi di Padova, Padua (Italy), January 22-23, 2015*
  19. Discussant, Workshop on 'Biological Individuality: Genes, Organisms, and Species,' with Elena Casetta, Andrea Gambarotto, and Charles T. Wolfe, Università degli Studi di Torino, Turin (Italy), January 12, 2015*
  20. 'The Metaphysics of Modality: Fictionalism, Combinatorialism, and Dispositionalism' (three seminars), University of Urbino 'Carlo Bo,' Urbino (Italy), December 9-11, 2014*
  21. 'The Metaphysics of Modality: An Introduction,' University of Urbino 'Carlo Bo,' Urbino (Italy), November 27, 2014*
  22. 'Objectivity, Metaphysics, and Naturalism,' Department of Linguistics and Cultural Studies, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena (Italy), November 25, 2014*
  23. 'Naturalism, Realism, and Wine Expertise,' Forms of Naturalism, University of Roma Tre, Rome (Italy), October 30-31, 2014*
  24. 'Specialty Cheese, Its Bacteria, and Their Genome,' Annual Meeting of the International Association for Environmental Philosophy, New Orleans (USA), October 25-27, 2014
  25. 'David Lewis: Method and Metaphysics' (two seminars), University of Urbino 'Carlo Bo,' Urbino (Italy), October 15-16, 2014*
  26. 'Lewisian Metaphysics: A Diagnosis for the Incredulous and the Credulous,' Workshop on Metaphysics. A(nother) Junior-Senior Debate, University of Roma Tre, Rome (Italy), June 26, 2014*
  27. 'Life Matters: Conversations Between Philosophy and Biology' (with Elena Casetta), University of Padua, Padua (Italy), June 25, 2014*
  28. 'Causal Mechanisms of Reinforcements in the Social Sciences' (with Marco J. Nathan), Fifth Congress of the Société de Philosophie de Science, Lille (France), June 25-27, 2014 [in absentia]
  29. 'Life Matters: Conversations Between Philosophy and Biology' (with Elena Casetta), Circolo dei Lettori, Turin (Italy), June 23, 2014*
  30. 'Causal Mechanisms of Reinforcements in the Social Sciences' (with Marco J. Nathan), Triennial Conference of the Italian Society for Logic and Philosophy of Science, Rome (Italy), June 18-20, 2014
  31. 'Plato, Augustine, and the (Un)Philosophical Pleasures of Eating,' Liberal Arts and Core Texts in Our Students' World, Association for Core Texts and Courses, Los Angeles, April 10-13, 2014
  32. 'Action as Classification in Kosher Butchery,' Mindful Body in the Arts of Eating, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, January 23-24, 2014
  33. 'The Boundaries of a Cut,' Workshop on Realism and Ontology, University of Roma Tre, Rome (Italy), January 13, 2014*
  1. 'Life Matters: Conversations Between Philosophy and Biology' (with Elena Casetta), Department of Foundations of Science, University of Urbino 'Carlo Bo,' Urbino (Italy), December 17, 2013*
  2. 'Authenticity in Wine,' University of Gastronomic Sciences, Pollenzo (Italy), December 12, 2013*
  3. 'Redundant Causation in the Social Sciences' (with Marco J. Nathan), Philosophy of Science in the 21st Century: Challenges and Tasks, Lisbon (Portugal), December 4-6, 2013
  4. 'Beauty, Hunger, and the Palate,' Conversations IX: Grounding Aesthetics, Cave Hill Philosophy Symposium, The University of the West Indies at Cave Hill (Barbados), November 11-13, 2013
  5. 'Escape from Gastroland: Imagining New Landscapes for the Italian Culinary Culture,' Values in the Environment: Relations and Conflicts, Tenth International Institute for Applied Aesthetics International Summer Conference on Environmental Aesthetics, Lahti (Finland), August 1-3, 2013
  6. 'Atoms and Perfectly Natural Properties: Why the Principle of Recombination Does Not Secure Plenitude' (with Giorgio Lando), Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association, University of Exeter (England), July 12-14, 2013 [in absentia]
  7. 'The Edible Joints of Reality,' Labont Seminar, University of Turin (Italy), July 9, 2013*
  8. 'Pasta: Taxonomy and Identity,' Pasta: Taste, Culture, Techniques, Pistoia (Italy), July 2-5, 2013*
  9. 'Food and Social Integration in Contemporary Italy,' Santa Croce Colloquia. School of History, Theory, and Social Critique, Santa Croce sull'Arno, June 20-22, 2013*
  10. 'What Is It That We Know of a Wine When We Drink It?' (with Tommaso Piazza), Philosophy of Language in Gargnano, Gargnano (Italy), June 3-5, 2013*
  11. 'A Defense of Gastronomic Hedonism,' Temptation Symposium, The Norwegian Institute in Rome (Italy), May 27-28, 2013
  12. 'Fruits and Natural Kinds Pluralism,' Philosophy of Science in a Forest, Dutch Society for the Philosophy of Science, Leusden (Netherlands), May 23-25, 2013
  13. 'Escape from Gastroland: Imagining New Landscapes for the Italian Culinary Culture,' Nation, Nationality, Nationnhood: What's In a Name?, Second Albanian Society for the Study of English Conference on British and American Studies, Tirana (Albania), May 2-4, 2013
  14. Commentator of Richard Dien Winfield 'Truth, the Good, and the Unity of Theory and Practice,' Metaphysical Society of America Annual Conference, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester (MA), April 12-13, 2013*
  15. 'Food, Art, Aesthetics, and Nature' (workshop co-hosted with Daniel Patterson), Food, Philosophy, and Art Conference, University of Gastronomic Sciences, Pollenzo (Italy), April 4-5, 2013*
  16. 'Food, Art, and Nature,' Food, Philosophy, and Art Conference, University of Gastronomic Sciences, Pollenzo (Italy), April 4-5, 2013*
  17. 'Escape from Gastroland: Imagining New Landscapes for the Italian Culinary Culture,' Consuming Italy: Representations of Food in Italian Literature and Culture (panel organized by Daniele De Feo), Northeast Modern Language Association, Tufts University, March 21-24, 2013*
  18. 'Mereology, Fundamentality, and One-Way Metaphysical Conventions,' Lectiones Commandiniane, University of Urbino 'Carlo Bo,' Urbino (Italy), March 4, 2013*
  19. 'GM Foods: Ethical and Metaphysical Dilemmas,' Guest Lecture, Temple University, October 19, 2012*
  20. 'I'll Have the Same. On the Metaphysics of Wine and Beer,' Institute of Philosophy, University of Porto (Portugal), October 11, 2012*
  21. 'What Is It That We Know of a Wine When We Drink It?' (with Tommaso Piazza), SIFA 20th Anniversary Conference, Alghero (University of Sassari), September 12-15, 2012 [in absentia, paper presented by Tommaso Piazza]
  22. 'Fundamentality From a Mereological Point of View' (with Giorgio Lando), Reality-Making: Exploring Fundamentals in Metaphysics, University of Nottingham, July 10-12, 2012 [in absentia]
  23. 'You Eat What You Are', panel presentation with Nicola Perullo (University of Gastronomic Sciences, Pollenzo, Italy) and Marco Bolasco (editor in chief, Slow Food Editore), Italian Food: Fact and Fiction, The Umbria Institute, Perugia (Italy), June 8-9, 2012
  24. 'Fruits, Yeasts, and Cuts: On Nature's Pluralism,' Holy Cross Nature Symposium, Tower Hill Botanical Garden, Boylston (Mass.), May 22, 2012
  25. 'More Polenta, Less Cous-Cous: On Biological and Cultural (Dis)Integration,' The Languages of Food: Exploring Representations of the Culinary within Arts, Cornell University (NY, USA), April 13-14, 2012
  26. 'The Fruit of Philosophers,' Università degli studi di Perugia, Perugia (Italy), March 2, 2012*
  1. 'The Paradox of the Mindful Eater,' Mindful Body in Healing and the Arts, Florida Atlantic University, Center for Body, Mind and Culture, Boca Raton, January 19-20, 2011
  2. 'Educational Systems: A Comparison Between USA and Italy Through Food,' University of Gastronomic Sciences, Pollenzo (Italy), December 19, 2011*
  3. 'I Am, Therefore I Eat,' Life! Motions, Motives, Emotions, UCLA (California, USA), November 17-19, 2011
  4. 'Getting Nomic Necessity Out of Dispositions,' Sixth Latin Meeting in Analytic Philosophy, Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon, November 2-4, 2011
  5. 'Natural Properties, Supervenience, and Composition' (with Giorgio Lando), Another World Is Possible: Conference on David Lewis, University of Urbino 'Carlo Bo,' Urbino (Italy), June 16-18, 2011
  6. 'Commentator of J. Divers 'Lewis - He Himself! - on the Analysis of Modality,' Another World Is Possible: Conference on David Lewis, University of Urbino 'Carlo Bo,' Urbino (Italy), June 16-18, 2011*
  7. 'Getting Nomic Necessity Out of Dispositions,' International Workshop: Knowledge and Modality, L'Aquila (Italy), June 8-10, 2011
  8. 'Identity and Development' (with Marco J. Nathan), Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Science, Toronto (Canada), May 13-15, 2011
  9. 'Some Remarks on Composition as Identity and Plurals,' Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (Italy), March 8, 2011*
  10. 'Identity and Development' (with Marco J. Nathan), College of the Holy Cross, Worcester (Mass., USA), February 10, 2011*
  11. Diachronic Identity in Biology and Philosophy' (with Marco J. Nathan), Triennial Conference of the Italian Society for Philosophy of Science, Bergamo (Italy), December 15-17, 2010
  12. 'Lewis on Fundamentality and Composition' (with Giorgio Lando), Metaphysics, Language and Morality: International Philosophical Colloquium, Zagreb (Croatia), December 1-3, 2010
  13. 'Diachronic Identity in Biology and Philosophy' (with Marco J. Nathan), Ninth National Conference of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy, Padua (Italy), September 23-25, 2010
  14. 'Genders, Sexes, and Sexual Characters' (with Elena Casetta), Fourth Italian Conference on Analytic Ontology, Bergamo (Italy), June 17-18, 2010*
  15. Commentator of A. Voltolini 'All the Existences that There Are,' 'Word and Object' Fifty Years Later, Università di Roma 'La Sapienza', Rome (Italy), May 28-29, 2010*
  16. 'Naïve vs Mediated Representations of a City' (with Matteo Pericoli and Luca Morena), Department of Architecture, Università degli Studi di Torino, Turin (Italy), May 24, 2010*
  17. 'Lewis on Recombination and Individuality,' Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (Italy), May 4, 2010*
  18. 'Lewis on Intrinsicness,' Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (Italy), April 27, 2010*
  19. 'Genders, Sexes, Sexual Traits,' Department of Biology, Università degli Studi di Torino, Turin (Italy), April 20, 2010*
  20. 'Living vs Non-Living,' Department of Biology, Università degli Studi di Torino, Turin (Italy), April 19, 2010*
  21. 'Geographic Indications and the Respect for Food Milieux,' Political Ecology and Environmental Philosophy, Colby College, Maine (USA), April 9-10, 2010
  22. Expert moderator for the panel on 'Food Sustainability,' Fourth Session, Democrazia 2.0: Sustainability, Turin (Italy), March 1-4, 2010*
  23. 'What Is Life, On Paper?,' XIth Labont Workshop: Monumentum.doc, Turin (Italy), January 11-12, 2010*
  24. Commentator of Hugo Tristram Engelhardt's 'The Pluralistic Ethical Scenario in Western Societies' and John Harris's 'New Possibilities in Medicine and New Ethical Choices,' XIII Conference: Immune Pathology and Orphan Diseases, Turin (Italy), January 21-23, 2010*
  1. 'Genes, Recipes, and Cultural Integration,' Sixth Italian-American Conference: Societies in the 21st Century, Pisa (Italy), October 15-17, 2009*
  2. 'One More Reason Not to Tense the Copula,' 2009 Latin Meeting in Analytic Philosophy, L'Aquila,September 8-10, 2009 (with comments by Fabrice Correia)
  3. 'The Ultimate Soccer Patronage: Or, When a Club Becomes a Mirror' (with A. Baldini), IAPS 2009, Seattle, August 27-30, 2009 [in absentia, paper delivered by A. Baldini]
  4. 'What Does a Geographic Indication Indicate?,' State Sovereignity, International Law, and Ecological Integrity, Florence (Italy), June 25-30, 2009
  5. 'The Relational Species Concept,' Ohio Philosophical Association, Athens (OH), April 4, 2009 (with comments by Madeline Muntersbjorn)
  6. 'Memory and the Quest for Authentic Foods,' Seminario Internacional: Segredo e Memoria na era daInformação, Porto, December 15-16, 2008*
  7. Commentator of Jan Westerhoff's 'Philosophical Problems from N'g'rjuna's Vigrahavy'vartan', Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy, New York, December 12, 2008*
  8. 'Universalism and The Argument From Indifference,' Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics, Creighton University, October 31-November 2, 2008*
  9. 'Universalism and The Argument From Indifference,' Eight National Conference of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy, Bergamo (Italy), September 25-27, 2008
  10. 'General and Particular,' Workshop on Meta-metaphysics, ECAP, Cracow, August 21-26, 2008*
  11. 'The Natural Time Of A Natural Kind,' INCP 2008, University of Idaho, March 15-17, 2008
  12. 'Why I am Not A Tropist,' InterOntology08, Tokyo, February 26-27, 2008
  13. 'The Natural Time of a Natural Kind,' Third Italian Conference on Analytic Ontology, Turin (Italy), November 15-16, 2007*
  14. Commentator of Raul Saucedo 'Parthood and Location,' Columbia-NYU Graduate Conference, New York (NY), March 3, 2007*
  15. 'A World of Universals,' Università degli Studi di Padova, Padua (Italy), February 19, 2007*
  16. 'General and Particular,' Fordham University, New York (USA), February 5, 2007*
  17. 'General and Particular,' College of the Holy Cross, Worcester (USA), January 30, 2007*
  18. 'Counting Individuals with Leibniz' [in absentia], VIIIth International Leibniz Congress, Hannover (Germany), July 24-29, 2006
  19. 'General and Particular,' Università degli Studi di Bergamo, Bergamo (Italy), May 31, 2006*
  20. 'Possible Worlds,' Università degli Studi di Firenze, Florence (Italy), May 25, 2006*
  1. 'Are There Intrinsic Properties?,' Second Italian Conference on Analytic Ontology, Pisa (Italy), July 5-7, 2005*
  2. Commentator of Carrie Figdor?s 'What Is an Extrinsic Property?,' Meeting of the Long Island Philosophical Society, NYIT, Old Westbury (NY), October 16, 2004*
  3. 'From Properties to Individuals,' Sixth National Conference of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy, Genova (Italy), September 23-25, 2004
  4. 'A Dispositional Theory of Possibility,' Workshop on Relations, Variables and Order, Geneva (Switzerland), June 4-8, 2004*
  5. 'One World of Possibilities. Modal Realism Without Possible Worlds,' First Italian Conference on Analytic Ontology, Padua (Italy), July 7-9, 2003*
  6. 'Desires,' LOA-CNR, Trento (Italy), May 21, 2003*
  7. 'Parts and Participants,' LOA-CNR, Trento (Italy), May 20, 2003*
  8. 'The Relational Species Concept,' UCSD Graduate Conference in Philosophy of Science, La Holla (CA), 11-13 April, 2003
  9. Commentator of Katherine Dunlop?s 'Berkeley Metaphysical Objections to the Calculus,' Columbia-NYU Graduate Conference, New York (NY), March 29-30, 2003*
  10. 'Vagueness and Event Names,' Fifth National Conference of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy, Bergamo (Italy), October 3-5, 2002
  11. 'What is 'Acquaintance'?,' Università degli Studi di Padova, Padua (Italy), May 6, 2001*

Teaching

University of Milan

Analisi Filosofica, laurea magistrale (L'ambiente edibile, temi e problemi), [sample]

Filosofia del linguaggio, laurea triennale (Che cos'è la possibilità), [sample]

Teorie del linguaggio e della mente, laurea triennale (Gusto: evoluzione, percezione, giudizio), [sample]

College of the Holy Cross

Tuscany and the Philosophy of Food

Summer course [sample]

Four week course on the philosophy of food set in Panzano in Chianti (Florence, Italy), that I designed and managed. Taught in 2014 and 2016, with ~15 students and a budget of approximately $100,000.

Introduction to Philosophy [sample]

Introductory course

Introduction to the Philosophy of Food - Yearlong Seminar [samples: Fall semester; Spring semester]

Introductory course

Philosophy of Biology [sample]

Intermediate course

Metaphysics [sample]

Intermediate course

Theory of Knowledge [sample]

Intermediate course

Early Modern Philosophy [sample]

Intermediate course

Symbolic Logic [sample]

Intermediate course

History and Philosophy of Logic [sample]

Intermediate course

Philosophy of Food [sample]

Upper level course

Kinds in Nature and Society [sample]

Upper level course

Tutorial: Issues in the Philosophy of Food

Upper level course

Tutorial: Metalogic

Upper level course

Tutorial: Renaissance Philosophy

Upper level course

Other Courses

The Edible Environment [sample]

Bryn Mawr College (USA), Fall 2017 and Spring 2019

Themes in the Philosophy of Food [sample]

Master program, University of Gastronomic Sciences (Pollenzo, Italy), 2012-2016

Contemporary Civilization [samples: Fall semester; Spring semester]

Columbia University Core Curriculum, Fall 2004 - Spring 2006

From Aquinas to Kant [syllabus]

Columbia University, Summer 2005

Philosophy of Biology [syllabus]

Università di Torino (Turin, Italy), Fall 2009

Contact: Department of Philosophy, University of Milan, Via Festa del Perdono 7, 20122 Milano MI, Italy
Email: andrea.borghin@unimi.it
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