Eleonora Severini

Eleonora Severini


Since May 2019, I have been a Hum­boldt Postdoc­tor­al Research­er at the Depart­ment of Philo­sophy of the Uni­ver­sity of Duis­burg-Essen and a mem­ber of the Philo­soph­ic­al Anthro­po­logy and Eth­ics Research Group, led by Neil Rough­ley. Before com­ing to Essen, I have been Vis­it­ing Fel­low at the Tilburg Cen­ter for Logic, Eth­ics, and Philo­sophy of Sci­ence (TiLPS) and Vis­it­ing Stu­dent at the Columbia Uni­ver­sity. I received my PhD in Philo­sophy and His­tory of Philo­sophy from the Sapi­enza Uni­ver­sity of Rome.

I work at the inter­sec­tion of eth­ics, epi­stem­o­logy and philo­sophy of bio­logy. I am inter­ested in the top­ic of eth­ic­al nat­ur­al­ism and my research focuses on the con­tri­bu­tion of empir­ic­al work – espe­cially evol­u­tion­ary bio­logy – to the realism/antirealism debate in metaethics. In par­tic­u­lar, my cur­rent pro­ject aims at invest­ig­at­ing the so-called debunk­ing strategies in metaethics, i.e. skep­tic­al argu­ments from evol­u­tion­ism and mor­al dis­agree­ment. I also have interest in fem­in­ist epi­stem­o­logy, par­tic­u­larly in the rela­tion between sci­ence and val­ues.





(forth­com­ing) “Eth­ics and Evol­u­tion­ism” (In Itali­an: “Etica ed evoluzionsmo”), Carocci, Roma.


Selec­ted Art­icles

(2019) “Objectiv­ity, Evol­u­tion­ism, and the Mor­al Niche”, Paradigmi. Riv­ista di crit­ica filo­sofica, XXXVII, 3, pp. 577–591.

(2018) “Evol­u­tion­ary Metaethics and Objectiv­ity” (in Itali­an: “Metaet­ica evoluzion­ist­ica e ogget­tiv­ità”), Riv­ista di filo­sofia, CIX, 1, pp. 49–76.

(2017) “Dar­win­ism in Metaethics: What If the Uni­ver­sal Acid Can­not Be Con­tained?” (with F. Ster­petti), His­tory and Philo­sophy of the Life Sci­ences. DOI: 10.1007/s40656-017‑0154-1.

(2016) “Evol­u­tion­ary Debunk­ing Argu­ments and the Mor­al Niche”, Philo­sophia, 44, 3, pp. 865–875.


Book Chapters

(2018) “On the Con­tin­gency of What Mat­ters: Pre­dict­ab­il­ity and Evol­u­tion­ary Eth­ics”, in: D. Cec­carelli, G. Frezza (eds.), The Cul­ture of Pre­dict­ab­il­ity and the Nature of the Unpre­dict­able. Life, Evol­u­tion, Beha­viour, CNR Ediz­ioni, Roma, pp. 241–254.

Research Group