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Dr Roberto Fumagalli

Roberto Fumagalli

Lecturer in Political Economy

Director of the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) BA/BSc Programme



Contact details:

Room 7.05 
Bush House (North East Wing)
30 Aldwych

Phone: +44 (0) 20 7848 8781

Personal Website

Office Hours:
Thursday 12.00-13.00 and Friday 11.00-12.00


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.


The Philosophy and Practice of PPE

Behavioural Political Economy

Ethics, Economics and Public Policy

Ethics and Public Policy

Introduction to Political Theory

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 a Teaching Excellence Award in Ethics, Economics & Public Policy and in Political Theory here at King's College London.


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, Economics and Philosophy, Biology and Philosophy, Erkenntnis, Philosophy of Science, Social Choice & Welfare, Synthese, Philosophy of the Social Sciences and the Journal of Economic Methodology. I have given more than sixty 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 Center for Excellence (2013), the University of California San Diego (2014) and the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (2015).

Selected Publications

2019. (F)utility Exposed. Philosophy of Science. Forthcoming.

2018 Who is Afraid of Scientific Imperialism? Synthese. In Press.

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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