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Dr Roberto  Fumagalli

Dr Roberto Fumagalli

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Lecturer in Political Economy; Affiliated Lecturer in Philosophy; Research Associate - London School of Economics; Visiting Scholar - University of Pennsylvania

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Biography

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I am an Italian from Milan. During my studies, I have been increasingly attracted to interdisciplinary education and training, with a special focus on contemporary research at the interface between philosophy, economics and other decision sciences. I received both my BA in Economics (2004) and my MSc in Economics (2006) at Bocconi University (Milan). I then moved to the London School of Economics, where I completed my MSc in Philosophy (2007) and my PhD in Philosophy (2011), with a doctoral dissertation on the philosophical foundations of neuroeconomics. After completing my PhD, I joined the Department of Philosophy at the University of Bayreuth, where in 2012 I was appointed Junior Professor and took up responsibility for developing and teaching a wide range of BA and MA philosophy courses. In 2017, I joined the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London as Lecturer in Political Economy. Between 2018 and 2020, I served as Director of the Philosophy, Politics and Economics Program (more than 300 students enrolled), significantly contributing to the program’s expansion and consolidating the program’s performance in various strategic dimensions (e.g. top undergraduate program in the department and third-ranked program in the whole faculty in the 2019 National Student Surveys).

 

Teaching

  • Behavioural Political Economy
  • Ethics and Public Policy
  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • Key Concepts of PPE

Over the last few years, I have been responsible for several courses at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level across universities. Before joining King’s, I taught courses and seminars in: Philosophy of Economics, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Social Sciences, Philosophical Analysis, Business Ethics, Bioethics, Philosophy & Public Policy.

My teaching and pastoral support have consistently received enthusiastic evaluations by my students. In 2017 I was awarded the Prize for Teaching Excellence for the best teaching evaluations in the Humanities Faculty (seven Departments) at the University of Bayreuth. In 2018 I was nominated for Teaching Excellence Awards in Ethics, Economics & Public Policy and in Political Theory here at King's College London. In 2019 I have been nominated for King’s Education Awards in Political Theory, as Dissertation Supervisor and as Director of the PPE Program.

PhD supervision

I am not currently accepting any new PhD students for supervision.

Research

Areas of Specialization
Philosophy of Economics; Philosophy of Science; Philosophy of the Social Sciences; Moral and Political Philosophy.


Areas of Competence
Philosophy of the Cognitive Sciences; Business Ethics; Bioethics; Philosophy and Public Policy; Metaphysics.

My research interests cover a wide range of areas, including philosophy of economics, philosophy of science, moral and political philosophy, philosophy and public policy.
Over the last few years, I have published several articles in international peer-reviewed journals, including Philosophical Studies, Philosophy of Science, Economics and Philosophy, Biology and Philosophy, Erkenntnis, Social Choice and Welfare, the Journal of Social Philosophy, Bioethics, Synthese, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Studia Leibnitiana, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science and the Journal of Economic Methodology.
I have given more than 80 talks at conferences and workshops around the world. I am research associate at the London School of Economics (since 2011) and visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania (since 2013). I have been visiting scholar at the Finnish Centre for Excellence (2013), the University of California San Diego (2014) and the Munich Centre for Mathematical Philosophy (2015).

Selected Publications

2020. How Thin Rational Choice Theory Explains Choices. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 83, 63-74.

2020. Buyer Beware: A Critique of Leading Virtue Ethics Defences of Markets. Journal of Social Philosophy, 51(3), 457-482.

2020. Markets, Morals and Virtues: Evidential and Conceptual Issues. Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, 13 (1), 30-41.

2020. On the Individuation of Choice Options. Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 50 (4), 338-365.

2020. Slipping on Slippery Slope Arguments. Bioethics, 34 (4), 412-419.

2019. (F)utility Exposed. Philosophy of Science, 86 (5), 955-966

2018. Who is Afraid of Scientific Imperialism? Synthese, 195 (9), 4125-4146.

2018. Eliminating 'Life Worth Living'. Philosophical Studies, 175 (3), 769-792.

2017. On the Neural Enrichment of Economic Models: Recasting the Challenge. Biology and Philosophy, 32 (2), 201-220.

2017. Against Neuroscience Imperialism. Invited chapter for “Scientific Imperialism: Exploring the Boundaries of Interdisciplinarity”Uskali Mäki et al. Eds. Scientific Imperialism: Exploring the Boundaries of Interdisciplinarity Routledge.

2016. Decision Sciences and the New Case for Paternalism: Three Welfare-Related Justificatory Challenges. Social Choice & Welfare, 47 (2), 459-480.

2016. Choice Models and Realistic Ontologies: Three Challenges to Neuro-Psychological Modellers. European Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 6 (1), 145-164.

2016. Why we cannot Learn from Minimal Models. Erkenntnis, 81 (3), 433-455.

2016. Economics, Psychology and the Unity of the Decision Sciences. Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 46 (2), 103-128.

2016. Five Theses on Neuroeconomics. Journal of Economic Methodology, 23 (1), 77-96.

2015. No Learning from Minimal Models. Philosophy of Science, 82 (5), 798-809.

2014. Neural Findings and Economic Models: Why Brains have Limited Relevance for Economics. Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 44 (5), 606-629.

2013. The Futile Search for True Utility. Economics and Philosophy, 29 (3), 325-347.

2013. Invited Book Review of “Economics for Real: Uskali Mäki and the Place of Truth in Economics”. Lehtinen, A., Kuorikoski, J. and Ylikoski, P. Eds. Economics and Philosophy, 29 (2), 283-289.

2012. On the Alleged Insignificance of the Primordial Existential Question. Studia Leibnitiana, 44 (2), 212-228.

2011. On the Neural Enrichment of Economic Models: Tractability, Trade-offs and Multiple Levels of Descriptions. Biology and Philosophy, 26 (5), 617-635.

2010. The Disunity of Neuroeconomics: a Methodological Appraisal. Journal of Economic Methodology, 17 (2), 119-131.

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