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Persone > Prof. Giuseppe Varnier
Curriculum Vitae

- Present appointment: research fellow and lecturer (Professor) in General Epistemology (formerly History of (Modern and) Contemporary Philosophy), tenured, Siena University.
- Courses and lectures given at: University of Florence, University of Milan, University of Pisa, Jena University, Oldenburg University.
- Known languages: Latin, Ancient Greek. Spoken languages: Italian (mother language), English (fluent), German (fluent), French (fluent), some Spanish, some Portuguese. (Learning Japanese and Tibetan, at a very basic level.)
- Contacts: ++39 0577 234749, cell phone 334 9702759

Giuseppe M. A. Varnier received both his undergraduate and graduate education from the University of Pisa, and, with scholarships, from the Ruhr-Universität Bochun and the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, where his Doctorate Dissertation on Hegel, Hölderlin and Ancient and Modern Skepticism was written under the supervision of Pierre-Jean Labarrière, Remo Bodei, Giuseppe Cantillo, and Claudio Cesa as Director of Studies. He was a visiting fellow for a couple of years at the Hegel-Archiv (Bochum, with Otto Pöggeler), and at the Center for the Philosophy and History of Science (Boston University), where he did some of his postdoc work. (There, as well as in Naples, at the Istituto Nazionale per gli Studi Filosofici, and in Frankfurt am Main, he attended seminars by Karl-Otto Apel, Reinhard Lauth, Jürgen Habermas, and Robert S. Cohen, Jaakko Hintikka and Joseph Margolis.)
Giuseppe Varnier

In recent years he taught courses at the Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena, at the Carl von Ossietsky Universität Oldenburg and at the University of California at Irvine. For years, he has taught History of (Modern and) Contemporary Philosophy and General Epistemology at the Dipartimento di Filosofia e Scienze Sociali of the University of Siena, and now at DISPOC, partecipating in the activities both of the Philosophy Doctorate (Arezzo and Siena) and of the Siena Doctorate in Cognitive Sciences. - He had taught Political Philosophy and of Law, as well as Philosophy of History, and held classes in their epistemological aspects also at the Dipartimento di Teoria e Storia del Diritto, Florence. (He officially belongs to the sector M Fil-01, or 11c1, Theoretical Philosophy.) He is a member of SIFA, SILFS, ESAP, Hegel-Gesellschaft and Internationale Hegel-Vereinigung. He was on the Editorial Board of some journals over the years, and is now on those of the Rivista Internazionale di Filosofia e Psicologia as well as in that of Idee.

He published on (the history of) epistemology, the philosophy of mind, and self-consciousness, as well as on German Classical Philosophy. He is currently working on relativism and contextualism, and on various aspects of the phenomenon of indexicality, de se attitudes, and their relationship to consciousness and self-consciousness in language (and to the "naturalization" of consciousness and intentionality). - Since various years, he has an interest for linguistics - also in the application to contemporary poetry, poetics, and literary analysis in connection with the cognitive sciences.


Some old papers:

- "Versuchte Hegel eine Letztbegründung? Bemerkungen zur wissenschaftliche Skepsis als Einleitung und zum Begriff einer skeptischen Wissenschaft", (=Was Hegel an absolute foundationalist? Considerations on the idea of scientific doubt as introduction to science, and on the concept of a skeptical science), in H. F. Fulda, R. P. Horstmann, editors, Skeptizismus und spekulatives Denken in der Philosophie Hegels, Stuttgart, Klett-Cotta 1996, pp. 285-330.
- "Unity of the Mental and Logical Identity: After Kant and Hegel", in Topoi, 19/2, 2000, (Kluwer) pp. 157-178.
- "Why Is a Compatibilistic Account of Qualia both Necessary and Difficult?" extended abstract, in a special issue of Consciousness and Cognition, with the Acts of the 4th Congress of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, Bruxelles 2000; (29 June-2 July 2000): Consciousness and Cognition, A. Cleeremans ed., vol. 9, n. 2, June 2000, part 2, Orlando, Academic Press, pp. 96-97 ISSN1053-8100.
- "Essentially Indexical Propositions and Cognition", 1999, in Atti del convegno SILFS 1999(Italian Society for Logics and Philosphy of Science Conference), V. Fano, M. Stanzione e G. Tarozzi eds.., Soveria Mannelli, Rubbettino Editore, 2001, pp. 417-431.

Some new ones:

(2014 a) - "Quasi-Indexicals, Kaplanian Monsters, and Self-Consciousness", in A. Palma (ed.), (Hector-Neri) Castañeda and his Guises, Berlin/Boston, de Gruyter, pp. 163-190.
(2014 b) - "l'intersoggettività, i valori, e l'evoluzione della mente individuale" ("Intersubjectivity, Values as Artefacts, and the Evolution of the Individual Mind"), in L. Tundo Ferente (ed.), Il mondo del noi. Intersoggettività, empatia, comunità nella prospettiva fenomenologica, Roma, Studium Edizioni, pp. 90-108.
(2014 c) - "A (Logical) Problem with Some Truths about Oneself", forthcoming probably in the collection under (2014 d).
(2014 d) - Editing and revising, as a guest editor, with an "Introduction", of Self-Consciousness and Language, of two special, peer-reviewed sections of Rivista Internazionale di Filosofia e Psicologia, late 2014.


e-mail: giuseppe.varnier AT
Complesso S.Niccolò, stanza 317, Via Roma, 56
Tel. 0577 234749
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