I am "Profesor Investigador de Tiempo Completo" in the Undergraduate Philosophy Programme. My research focuses on philosophy of language and philosophy of mind. I am currently working on the problem of communication, trying to put forward a view of communication that can represent an alternative to the currently dominant theory. According to a common view of the phenomenon, two subjects communicate successfully if, and only if, the speaker successfully transmits his mental state to the hearer. For instance, if A says: "Rome is in Italy", B should form a belief that is identical (or sufficiently similar) to the belief expressed by A through his utterance. In my project I argue in favour of an alternative proposal: communication is a state of "coordination" between speakers, a state that does not require any substancial similarity between their respective cognitive states. The notion of "coordination" appears in David Lewis's work on convention, as well as more recent proposals (Fine, Cumming): the goal of my project is to thoroughly develop a theory of communication as coordination, as well as exploring other possible applications of this notion.
In my previous work I have published articles on propositional attitude ascriptions, inferences and rationality, concepts, and the public character of meaning. My doctoral thesis was on the problem of concept individuation.
I am also interested in various other areas of philosophy, such as metaphysics, ethics, and aesthetics.