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Gabriele De Anna
University of Udine, Italy
Academic Year 2005-06
Human Action and the Biological Foundations of Ethics

Gabriele comes from the University of Udine, Italy, where he teaches philosophy of mind, ethics, and political philosophy. He has a PhD from the University of Padua ( Italy), and another one from the University of St Andrews ( Scotland). His interests are the philosophy of mind, and the theory of action, both in the analytical tradition, and in the history of philosophy (particularly in Aquinas). During his stay at the Center, he will work on the biological bases of human action and ethics. He will be mainly dealing with two questions: how are our actions conditioned by our biological constitution? Can facts about our biological constitution account for what is good for us, and – in case – supply reasons for action? Besides philosophy, he likes music, especially classical and folk (He also plays the violin), and movies (watching "real" ones, but also filming short stories). He practices several sports, though he claims to be equally poor in all of them (skiing, tennis, squash, golf, biking, running, sailing).

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