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Francesco Poggiani

Francesco Poggiani

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow

240 Sparks Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 753-2331



  • Postdoctoral Fellow: Penn State University (January 2017-Present)
  • PhD, Penn State University (December 2016)
  1. Dissertation: The Normative Sources of Practical Identity: A Peircean Approach to the Contemporary Debate.
  2. Committee: Vincent Colapietro (director), John Christman, Leonard Lawlor, Anne Rose
  • M.A., Penn State University (2013)
  • M.A., University of Milan (2011)
  • B.A., University of Milan (2008)

Research Interests

  • Ethics (including Moral Psychology, Metaethics, and Philosophy of Action)
  • 19th and 20th Century Philosophy (esp. Pragmatism, Existentialism, Phenomenology, and Hermeneutics)
  • Bioethics
  • Epistemology
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Religion


Peer Reviewed

  • “Pragmatism as Critical Common Sense,” European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy (forthcoming, December 2017).
  • “Truth and Satisfaction: The Gist of Pragmaticism,” in Charles S. Peirce in his own Words: 100 years of Semiotics, Communication and Cognition, Walter de Gruyter, Boston/Berlin 2014, pp. 734–42.
  • “What Makes a Reasoning Sound? C. S. Peirce’s Normative Foundation of Logic,” Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, 48/1, 2012, pp. 31–50.
  • “Charles S. Peirce’s Affective Realism,” Nóema, 2/8, 2011, pp. 1–9 (

Book Reviews

Other Publications

  • “Does Comprehension Involve Moral Justification? Identity, Ideology, and the Challenge of Self-Knowledge” (The Rock Ethics Institute Blog, “Everyday Ethics” section, April 2016).
  • “Verso una Fenomenologia Pragmatista: Maurice Blondel e Charles Peirce a confronto,” in Pragmatismi e le Origini della Modernità, Ivan Pozzoni (ed.), Limina Mentis, 2012, pp. 59-80.

Articles Under Review

  • “Ambivalence and Self-Deception: Why we Must Aim at Wholeheartedness” (Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, under review by external referees).
  • “The Aim of Belief: A Peircean Approach” (Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, Revise and Resubmit).

Fellowships, Awards, and Honors

  • Aug. 2017                Travel Stipend, University of Sheffield ($600)
  • 2015–16                   Sparks Fellowship, College of Liberal Arts, PSU ($2500)
  • 2015–16                   Rock Ethics Institute Fellowship ($1000)
  • Nov. 2015                Travel Stipend, The Michael Polanyi Society ($500)
  • Sep. 2015                 Travel Stipend, The Midwest Pragmatist Study Group ($300)
  • 2012–13                   Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship ($27,000)
  • Jan-Dec 2010            Visiting Student at the Institute of American Thought, IUPUI


  • “Peirce and Gilbert on social commitments” (Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, Indianapolis: forthcoming March 2018).
  • “Doubting at Will?” (Canadian Society for Epistemology, Montreal: November 2017).
  • “Peirce as Contact Theorist” (Pragmatism and the Analytic-Continental Split, University of Sheffield: August 2017)
  • “Polanyi and Peirce on Truth and Satisfaction” (Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, November 2015).
  • “The Normative Reaches of Pragmatism: Korsgaard and Peirce on Self-Constitution” (Summer Institute in American Philosophy, June 2015).
  • “How far does Self-control Go?” (The Charles S. Peirce International Centennial Congress, July 2014).
  • “Royce’s Analysis of Nietzsche and J. M. Guyau’ Approaches to the Ethical Problem” (APA Pacific Division Meeting, March 2013).
  • “The Role of Peirce’s Critical Common-sensism in his Pragmatism” (Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, March 2013).

Teaching Experience

Instructor, 2013-present, Penn State University

  • Introduction to Ethics (7 sections, 3 online)
  • 20th Century Philosophy
  • The Meaning of Human Existence
  • Medical and Health Care Ethics
  • Introduction to Bioethics
  • Philosophy of Love and Sex (2 online sections)
  • Persons, Moral Values, and the Good Life
  • Critical Thinking (2 sections)
  • Ethical Leadership (4 sections, 2 online)
  • Philosophy, Art and Film
  • Philosophy, Politics and Social Theory
  • Symbolic Logic
  • Basic Problems of Philosophy (2 sections)