Profile: Luca Barlassina
I studied philosophy and cognitive science in Italy (Universitá degli Studi di Milano), the US (Rutgers University) and France (Institut Jean Nicod—École Normale Supérieure). In 2014, I was appointed as a Lecturer in the Philosophy Department, where I also direct the Cognitive Studies MA. Before that, I was a Von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow in Germany (Ruhr-Universität Bochum).
I am interested in how the mind works, and I maintain that a good way to discover it is by combining philosophy with cognitive science. Basically, I spend quite a lot of time considering how results from psychology and neuroscience can contribute to solving philosophical puzzles about the mind, and how philosophical analysis can clarify the conceptual foundations of the mind sciences. Sometimes I design and run experiments myself.
The main focus of my research concerns the nature of affective states (i.e., what emotions, moods, pains etc. are) and how we are able to attribute these kinds of state to ourselves and to other people (e.g., how we recognize that someone is afraid). Fortunately, however, I am unfocused enough to have many more interests. For example, I have been writing on moral judgment, tense and time, causal reasoning, and other entirely unrelated topics.
• Barlassina & F. Del Prete. (2015). The puzzle of the changing past. Analysis, 75(1): 59-67.
• L. Barlassina & A. Newen. (2014). The role of bodily perception in emotion: In defense of an impure somatic theory. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 89(3): 637-678.
• L. Barlassina. (2013). Simulation is not enough: A hybrid model of disgust attribution on the basis of visual stimuli. Philosophical Psychology, 26(3): 401-419.
• T. Zalla, L. Barlassina, M. Buon, & M. Leboyer. (2011). Moral judgment in adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Cognition, 121(1): 115-126.
Teaching and Supervision
I am happy to supervise MA and PhD students in all areas of philosophy of psychology, philosophy of mind, and cognitive science, and particularly those students who are interested in emotions, pleasures and pains, interoception, social cognition, self-knowledge, Theory of Mind, and moral psychology.