Philosophy and theory of language

This area of research collects competences and perspectives that consider language and languages (verbal, visual, audiovisual, gestural, etc.) as objects of analysis and theoretical inquiry; it looks at the role that the communicative and linguistic spheres play in human experience; and it investigates various aspects of the philosophical reflection on language and its semiotic dimension.

In particular, these areas include the history of semiotics, the theories of the sign, semantics and cognitive studies, the theory of interpretation, text theory and analysis with special attention to the narrative and visual dimensions, languages of audiovisual media and new media, discourses and practices of cultural and collective memory, the theories of truth and reference, the connection between language, mind, and reality, the normative dimension of meaning and thought contents, the use of logic and formal semantics for modelling natural languages, the ontological commitment of language and its connection with metaphysics and epistemology.

People

keywords: enunciation, semiotics, semiotics of theatre and drama, sociosemiotics, philosophy of language, interpretation,
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Enrico Liverani

PhD Student

Teaching tutor

keywords: Argumentation Theory, critical thinking, informal logic, reasoning, cognitive skills, teaching Philosophy, Philosophy
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Francesco Mazzucchelli

Associate Professor

keywords: Semiotics, Memory Studies, Philosophy of Language, Cultural Studies, Semiotics of Culture, Cultural Heritage, Semiotics
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Sebastiano Moruzzi

Associate Professor

keywords: truth, relativism, philosophy of logic, vagueness, knowledge, pluralism, philosophy for children, ontology and
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Claudio Paolucci

Associate Professor

keywords: Cognitive Sciences and Cognitive Semiotics, Semiotics, Semiotics of scientific languages, Semiotics of Audiovisual
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Antonella Tramacere

Research fellow

keywords: Philosophy of cognition, philosophy of mind, philosophy of biology
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Giorgio Volpe

Associate Professor

keywords: propositions, disagreement, facts, alethic relativism, moral realism, epistemic justification, scepticism, knowledge,