I‘m a philosopher. The central topic of my research is personal responsibility. I write in the fileds of ethics, legal philosophy, philosophy of action, neuroethics, and ethics of robotics. In my recent book Per Colpa di chi. Mente, responsabilità e diritto (Raffaello Cortina, Milano, 2013, in Italian), I use insights from the English-speaking legal-philosophical debate to offer an original analysis of some responsibility-related concepts such as character, capacity, action, intention, and freedom. I’ve also written on free will, the concept of capacity, causation in the law, the impact of new neuroscience on responsibility attribution, the insanity defense and more specific issues such as the responsibility of people affected by volitional disorders, and the so-called cultural defense (reduction of responsibility for offender coming from minority cultures). In the past four years I have applied my expertise on the philosophical foundation of moral and legal responsibility to emerging technologies, in particular robotics.
In 2008 I obtained my PhD from the University of Torino (Italy) with a dissertation titled Persona e responsabilità tra etica e diritto (Person and Responsibility Between Ethics and Law). From late 2008 to late 2011 I worked as a Post-doc at the University of Torino on two different neuroethics projects on mental illness and criminal responsibility.
From January 2012 to the end of 2014, I’ve worked as a post-doc at the Philosophy Department of Technische Universiteit Delft (Netherlands), on an interdisciplinary project entitled Enhancing responsibility: the effects of cognitive enhancement on moral and legal responsibility, run in collaboration with the University of Oxford.
As for January 2015 I have been appointed Assistant Professor in the same department.
I’m a member of the 3TU Centre for Ethics and Technology,.
Since December 2016, I am in the organizing committee and newsletter editor of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics
In the past years, also out of my love for music and songwriting, I‘ve collaborated with the Italian musician Simone Zoja in the writing and performance of politically engaged multimedia stage-performances on themes such as the memory of the Fascisms, the system of Desapariciòn under the Argentinian dictatorship (1976-1983), and the Balkan wars of the 1990s.