VACCAREZZA Maria Silvia Ricercatore
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Maria Silvia Vaccarezza Ăš ricercatore a tempo determinato in Filosofia Morale presso l’UniversitĂ  di Genova.  Durante il dottorato di ricerca, ha studiato principalmente la filosofia pratica di Aristotele e Tommaso d’Aquino e alcune loro riprese contemporanee. Attualmente, dopo essersi occupata di attenzione e immaginazione in etica, con particolare riferimento ad Iris Murdoch, sta affrontando alcuni temi centrali della contemporanea virtue ethics (il ruolo della phronesis, l’unitĂ  delle virtĂč, l’esemplaritĂ  morale e l’ammirazione per gli esemplari). Fa parte del comitato scientifico di “Etica & Politica – Ethics & Politics”. E’ segretaria del centro di ricerca interuniversitario “Aretai – Center on Virtues”, e membro della SIFM, della SFI, della SIFA, dell’American Philosophical Association e del gruppo di ricerca veneziano del CISE (Centro Interuniversitario di Studi sull’Etica). Ha trascorso periodi di ricerca presso l’UniversitĂ  di St. Andrews (UK) e il Thumos research group dello Swiss Center for Affective Sciences dell’UniversitĂ  di Ginevra (CH).

Maria Silvia Vaccarezza is Lecturer in Moral Philosophy. During her Phd, she studied Aristotle’s and Aquinas’ moral philosophy and some of their contemporary readings.
After developing a research focused on attention and imagination in ethics, with particular reference to  Iris Murdoch, she is currently investigating some of virtue ethics’ key topics (the role of phronesis, the unity of the virtues, moral exemplarity and admiration for exemplars). She is part of the scientific committee of the journal”Etica & Politica – Ethics & Politics”. She is secretary ofAretai – Center on Virtues, and a member of the Italian Society of Moral Philosophy (SIFM), of the Italian Philosophical Society (SFI), of the Italian Society of Analytical Philosophy (SIFA), of the American Philosophical Association (APA), and of CISE – Centro Interuniversitario di Studi sull’Etica. She spent periods abroad as a visiting scholars at the University of S. Andrews (UK) and at the Thumos research group of the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva (CH).

AOS: Moral Philosophy, Virtue Theory, Aristotle, Contemporary Ethics

AOC: Ancient Ethics, Greek History, Greek Literature, Philosophy of Education

Current research interests: Exemplarist Moral Theory, Moral Emotions, Character Education

Publications

Journal articles and book chapters

 

[forthcoming]

‘Dilemmi e unitĂ  delle virtĂč: la phronesis come integratore morale ed esistenziale’. Teoria.

‘Virtue ethics: an anti-moralistic defence’. Philosophical Inquiries.

‘An Excess of Excellence: Aristotelian Supererogation and the Degrees of Virtue’. International Journal of Philosophical Studies. DOI: 10.1080/09672559.2018.1548635

[2018]

(with A. Niccoli) ‘The Dark Side of the Exceptional: On Moral Exemplars, Character Education, and Negative Emotions’. Journal of Moral Education. DOI: 10.1080/03057240.2018.153408.

‘Prudenza, integritĂ  e vita compiuta’. In Intelligenza d’amore: una nuova epistemologia morale oltre la dialettica tra norma e caso, Cantagalli, Siena 2018, pp. 189-206.

‘VirtĂč esemplari: L’etica tommasiana tra neoplatonismo e aristotelismo’. Etica e Politica – Ethics & Politics Vol. XX, No. 1. ISSN 1825-5167.

(with M. De Caro and A. Niccoli) ‘Phronesis as ethical expertise: Naturalism of second nature and the unity of virtue’. Journal of Value Inquiry. First Published online: 22 August 2018. DOI: 10.1007/s10790-018-9654-9.

‘An Eye on Particulars with the End in Sight: An Account of Aristotelian Phronēsis’. Metaphilosophy Vol. 49, No. 3.

Macchine morali: responsabilitĂ  e saggezza pratica degli agenti artificiali, in Etica e responsabilitĂ , Orthotes, Napoli, pp. 293-302.

[2017]

Stereotipi, emozioni e ingiustizia. L’immaginazione morale come fattore di coesione sociale, in L. Mauro (a cura di), Social Cohesion and Human Rights. Reflections on Contemporary Society, FrancoAngeli, Milano, pp. 117-127.

(with Michel Croce) ‘Educating through Exemplars: Alternative Paths to Virtue’. Theory and Research in Education, doi: 10.1177/1477878517695903.

Il realismo dell’esperienza morale. Visione, vita concettuale e autointerpretazione, in I. Poma (a cura di), I fondamenti dell’etica, Morcelliana, Brescia, pp. 279-286.

‘The Unity of the Virtues Reconsidered. Competing Accounts in Philosophy and Positive Psychology’. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 8 (2017), 637-651.  doi: 10.1007/s13164-017-0334-7. 

‘Profilo di Philippa Foot’, APhEx – Portale Italiano di Filosofia Analitica, 15. 

‘Beyond a Dichotomy. Aquinas’s Theory of Natural Law as a Form of Autonomous Theonomy’, in D. Bertini (ed.), Moral Heteronomy. History, Proposals, Reasons, Arguments, special issue of Dialegesthai. Rivista telematica di filosofia 19. 

Educazione alla felicitĂ . La paideia aristotelica ieri e oggi, in P. Manganaro, E. Vimercati (a cura di), Formare e tras-formare l’uomo. Per una storia della filosofia come paideia, ETS, Pisa, pp. 67-80, ISBN: 978-884674932-1.

‘A Guide to Moral Knowledge. The Epistemic Role of Moral Emotions’. Studi di Estetica 1, pp. 27-44. DOI: 10.7413/18258646003. 

Varieties of Naturalism: From Foot’s ‘Natural Goodness’ to Murdoch’s Non-Dogmatic Naturalism, in G. Keogh (ed.), Ethics of Nature – Nature of Ethics, Lexington Books 2017, pp. 71-84.

[2016]

‘Aristotelismo contemporaneo e particolarismo morale: un bilancio critico’. Rivista di Filosofia Neo-Scolastica, 1, pp. 225-235.

(with Michel Croce) ‘Santi, eroi e l’unitĂ  delle virtĂč. Una proposta esemplarista di educazione morale’. Iride 3, pp. 635-648. doi: 10.1414/85117.

[2015]

Il “tomismo analitico” di Philippa Foot, in Tommaso d’Aquino e i filosofi analitici, a cura di P. Bettineschi e R. Fanciullacci, Orthotes, Napoli-Salerno, pp. 185-192.

La politica nell’era di Internet: vantaggi e pericoli, in «Quaderni della fondazione Professor Paolo Michele Erede» n. 8 (2015), a c. di Michele Marsonet, ECIG, Genova, pp. 79-90.

‘Bibliografia tematica: la Virtue Ethics’. Acta Philosophica 24, 2, pp. 399-412.

‘Saving the Contingent. A dialogue between Iris Murdoch and Aquinas’. «New Blackfriars» Vol 97, Issue 1067, pp. 22-38. doi:10.1111/nbfr.12175.

[2014]

Allargare la ragione pubblica. Riflessioni su religione e bene comune, in F. Botturi, A. Campodonico (a cura di), Bene comune. Fondamenti e pratiche, Vita e Pensiero, Milano, pp. 173-187.

‘La realtà ù iconoclastica. Forme del realismo in Iris Murdoch (e C.S. Lewis)’. Etica & Politica – Ethics & Politics, vol. XXVI n. 1, pp. 426-440.

L’amore da emozione a virtĂč in Iris Murdoch e Simone Weil, in S. Langella e M.S. Vaccarezza (a cura di), Emozioni e virtĂč. Percorsi e prospettive di un tema classico, Orthotes, Napoli.

[2013]

Oltre l’azione. Iris Murdoch e la sovranità del Bene, in I. Pozzoni (a cura di), Schegge di filosofia moderna II, Limina Mentis, Milano, pp. 171-192.

‘Voluntarity’. New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement 2012-13: Ethics and Philosophy. Ed. Robert L. Fastiggi. 4 vols. Detroit: Gale.

[2012]

‘Aristotle’s Account of Philia/Amiability’, Philosophy Study, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 195-202.

‘Aristotele e le virtĂč sociali, EN IV, 1126b 10 – 1128 b9’. Acta Philosophica II, 21, pp. 309-334.

‘La phronesis-prudentia tra traditio ed inventio’. Philosophical News 5, pp. 242-249.

[2008]

‘Pistis in Parmenide’. Giornale di Metafisica 30, pp. 173-186.

Edited volumes, special issues and translations

[forthcoming]

(with A. Campodonico and M. Croce) ‘Moral Exemplarism and Character Education’. Special issue of the Journal of Moral Education.

(with A. Campodonico) ‘Le virtĂč’. Special issue of Teoria.

Iris Murdoch, Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals, translated into Italian by M. Albertella e M.S. Vaccarezza, il Saggiatore, Milano.

[2018]

(with M. Croce) ‘Connecting Virtues’. Special issue of Metaphilosophy Vol. 49, No. 3.

(with M. Croce) ‘Esemplari morali ed esemplarismo’. Special Issue of Etica & Politica – Ethics & Politics Vol. XX, No. 1. ISSN 1825-5167.

[2014]

Emozioni e virtĂč. Percorsi e prospettive di un tema classico, a cura di S. Langella e M.S. Vaccarezza, Orthotes, Napoli 2014.

(with R. Fanciullacci) Iris Murdoch: la realtà della vita morale, Special issue of Etica & Politica – Ethics & Politics, vol. XXVI n. 1. http://www2.units.it/etica/

Tommaso d’Aquino, Le virtĂč, edited and translated into Italian by M.S. Vaccarezza, Bompiani, Milano.

[2009]

(with A. Campodonico) Gli altri in noi. Filosofia dell’interculturalitĂ . Rubbettino, Soveria Mannelli 2009.

Volumes

[2017]

(with A. Campodonico and M. Croce) Etica delle virtĂč. Un’introduzione, Carocci, Roma.

[2016]

The fabric of being. Bene, realtà e immaginazione in Iris Murdoch e nell’etica contemporanea, ETS, Pisa.

[2012]

(with A. Campodonico) La pretesa del bene. Teoria dell’azione ed etica in Tommaso d’Aquino, Orthotes, Napoli.

Le ragioni del contingente. La saggezza pratica tra Aristotele e Tommaso d’Aquino, Orthotes, Napoli.

RazionalitĂ  pratica e attenzione alla realtĂ . Prospettive contemporanee, Orthotes, Napoli.

Reviews and other publications

Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics Book VI. Intertwining Interpretations, University of Patras, 25-26.06.2010. In«Philosophical News», vol. 1, p. 86-88.

I International Symposium on the Relevance of Aristotelian Practical Philosophy, Barcelona – 7-8.04.2011. In «Philosophical News», vol. 3, p. 154-157.

M. Damonte, Homo orans. Antropologia della preghiera, in «Giornale di Filosofia della Religione» n. 15 (Sept. 2015). ISSN 2284- 2950.

Aquinas’s Way to God. The Proof in the De Ente et Essentia By Gaven Kerr OP. «The Philosophical Quarterly», doi: 10.1093/pq/pqw045.

(with M. Croce) Do Flawed Super Heroes or Saints Make the Best Moral Exemplars for Young People?, in «Virtue Insight Blog», May 9, 2017. https://virtueinsight.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/do-flawed-super-heroes-or-saints-make-the-best-moral-exemplars-for-young-people/

Premi/Awards

  • 1° premio delle Pontificie Accademie 2014 per Le ragioni del contingente. La saggezza pratica tra Aristotele e Tommaso d’Aquino, Orthotes, Napoli 2012.
  • 2° premio “Fondazione Paolo Michele Erede” 2014.
  • Premio della SocietĂ  Italia di Filosofia Morale per il miglior saggio breve del 2017.

Service

Ad hoc reviewer for: Emotion Review, Etica & Politica – Ethics & Politics, Journal of Moral Education, Lessico di Etica e Politica, Philosophical Inquiries, Res Philosophica, Studium, Theoria.

Memberships

Società Italiana di Filosofia Morale (SIFM).
Società Filosofica Italiana (SFI)Società Italiana di Filosofia Analitica (SIFA)
American Philosophical Association (APA)
International Society for Neoplatonic Studies (ISNS)

Member of the editorial board of “Etica & Politica – Ethics & Politics”

Recent talks

  • Irish Philosophical Society Annual Conference. Dublin, November 8-10 2018. Talk title: Exceeding the boundaries of morality. Varieties of moralism and their correlative virtues (with F. Zuolo).
  • 3rd Aretai Center on Virtues Conference, Virtue Ethics and Psychology. Towards a New Science of Virtues?. Rome, October 18-20, 2018 (invited speaker with Mario De Caro). Talk title: Reasons, Emotions, and the Virtuous Mind.
  • EPSSE Conference, Tallinn, June, 13-15, 2018. Talk title: The dark side of the exceptional. On moral exemplars, character education, and negative emotions (with A. Niccoli).
  • Virtue & Moral Education, University of GdaƄsk, Poland, 17-18 May 2018. Talk title: The dark side of the exceptional. On moral exemplars, character education, and negative emotions (with A. Niccoli).
  • International conference on Natural Normativity and the Normativity of Human Action, University of Bamberg, Germany, 8-10 March 2018 (invited speaker with A. Niccoli). Talk title: In defence of non-reductionist naturalism. From phronesis to ethical expertise.
  • Central American Philosophical Association Meeting, Palmer House, Chicago, 21-24.02.2018 (invited speaker). Talk title: Ordinarily admirable. Aristotle on the nameless honour-related virtue.
  • Thumos seminar series, University of Geneva, 23.11.2017 (invited speaker). Talk title: An Excess of Excellence: on virtue ethics and supererogation.
  • Ninth European Congress of Analytic Philosophy (ECAP9), Munich, 21-26/08/2017. Accepted abstract: Four Kinds of Moralism (and a Virtue-Ethical Response).
  • VIII Braga Meetings on Ethics and Political Philosophy, Braga, 8-9/06/2017. Accepted abstract: Four Kinds of Moralism (and a Virtue-Ethical Response).
  • Etica e responsabilitĂ . Convegno Nazionale della SocietĂ  Italiana di Filosofia Morale, Roma, 26-27/05/2017. Paper: Macchine morali: responsabilitĂ  e saggezza pratica degli agenti artificiali.
  • 21st-Century Theories of Literature: Ethics, Tropes, Attunement, University of Warwick, 6-8/4/2017. Accepted abstract: “A Huge Hall of Reflection”: Iris Murdoch on Literature as a Guide to Morals.
  • Character, Wisdom and Virtue, Oriel College, Oxford, 5–7.01.2017. Paper: An eye on particulars with the end in sight. An account of Aristotelian phronesis.
  • XII Conference of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy (SIFA), Pistoia, 5-7.09.2016. Paper: “To see another as human”: emotional correctives and imaginative engagement as a way to defeat stereotype-based emotional reactions.
  • Moralism: The Boundaries of Moral Thinking, University of Essex, 20-21.06.2016. Paper: A Threefold Account of Moralism (and a Virtue-Based Response).
  • Cultivating Virtues: Interdisciplinary Approaches, Oriel College, Oxford, 7–9.01.2016. Paper (co-authored with Michel Croce): Educating through Exemplars: Alternative Paths to Virtue.
  • Love’s Passion: Philosophical Perspectives on Love, University of Hertfordshire, UK, 15-16.09.2014. Paper: Emotion or virtue? The role of love in Iris Murdoch and Simone Weil
  • Seminario FILPRA UNIGE 2014: Azione e legame sociale. Paper: L’opera, l’azione, la “vita activa” e l’etĂ  moderna, Genoa, 19.01.15
  • Ethics of nature – Nature of Ethics, University of Manchester, 16.05.2015. Paper: Nature in Ethics: Philippa Foot and Iris Murdoch.
  • Emotions and Moral Agency – OZSW Summer School, Rotterdam, 25-28.08.2015
  • I fondamenti dell’etica – 60° Convegno della Fondazione Centro Studi Filosofici di Gallarate, 9-11.09.2015
  • Filosofia y MĂ­stica, Universidad de Salamanca, 21-23.10.2015 (accepted paper)
  • Cultivating Virtues: Interdisciplinary Approaches, Jubilee Centre Annual Conference, Oriel College, Oxford, 7-9.01.2016.