Dr. Roberto Fumagalli

Lecturer - King's College London

                                    

 

 Lecturer  Research Visitor   Visiting Scholar
 Dept. Political Economy  CPNSS                                                          Behavioral Ethics Lab - Philosophy
 King's College London  London School of Economics  University of Pennsylvania
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        EMPLOYMENT

 

    2017-present       Lecturer (tenure-track) - Department of Political Economy (King's College London)   

 

    2012-2017          Junior Professor - Institute of Philosophy (University of Bayreuth)   

 

    2011-12              Lecturer (fixed-term) - Institute of Philosophy (University of Bayreuth)

 

    2008-10              Graduate Teaching Assistant - Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method (London School of Economics)
    


        EDUCATION                                                                                

    2007-11            PhD Philosophy, London School of Economics - Thesis Title: Philosophical Foundations of Neuroeconomics

                             Supervisors: J. McKenzie Alexander and Richard Bradley - Examiners: David Papineau and Uskali Mäki

    2006-07           MSc Philosophy of the Social Sciences,  London School of Economics: Distinction

    2004-06           MSc Economics and Social Sciences, Bocconi University (Milan): 110/110 cum laude

    2001-04           BA Economics, Bocconi University (Milan): 110/110 cum laude

 

    AOS:              Philosophy of Science; Philosophy of Economics; Philosophy of the Social Sciences; Moral and Political Philosophy

 

    AOC:              Philosophy of the Cognitive Sciences; Business Ethics; Bioethics; Philosophy and Public Policy; Metaphysics

 


        PUBLICATIONS    

    2017                Who is Afraid of Scientific Imperialism? Synthese. In Press.

    2017                Eliminating 'Life Worth Living'. Philosophical Studies. In Press.

    2017                On the Neural Enrichment of Economic Models: Recasting the Challenge. Biology and Philosophy, 32 (2), 201-220.

    2017                Against Neuroscience Imperialism. Invited chapter for “Scientific Imperialism: Exploring the Boundaries of Interdisciplinarity”.

                            Uskali Mäki et al. Eds. Routledge.

    2016                Decision Sciences and the New Case for Paternalism: Three Welfare-Related Justificatory Challenges. Social Choice & Welfare, 47 (2), 459-480.

    2016                Choice Models and Realistic Ontologies: Three Challenges to Neuro-Psychological Modellers. European Journal for Philosophy of Science,

                            6 (1), 145-164.

    2016                Why we Cannot Learn from Minimal Models. Erkenntnis, 81 (3), 433-455.

    2016                Economics, Psychology and the Unity of the Decision Sciences. Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 46 (2), 103-128.

    2016                Five Theses on Neuroeconomics. Journal of Economic Methodology, 23 (1), 77-96.

    2015                No Learning from Minimal Models. Philosophy of Science, 82 (5), 798-809.

    2014                Neural Findings and Economic Models: Why Brains have Limited Relevance for Economics. Philosophy of the Social Sciences,

                            44 (5), 606-629.

    2013                The Futile Search for True Utility. Economics and Philosophy, 29 (3), 325-347.

    2013                Invited Review of "Economics for Real: Uskali Mäki and the Place of Truth in Economics" (Routledge). Economics and Philosophy,                  

                            29 (2), 283-289.

    2012                On the Alleged Insignificance of the Primordial Existential Question. Studia Leibnitiana, 44 (2), 212-228.

    2011                On the Neural Enrichment of Economic Models: Tractability, Trade-offs and Multiple Levels of Descriptions. Biology and Philosophy,

                            26 (5), 617-635.

    2010                The Disunity of Neuroeconomics: a Methodological Appraisal. Journal of Economic Methodology, 17 (2), 119-131.


        IN PREPARATION

    -         How ‘Thin’ Rational Choice Theory Explains Choices.

    -         Money, Toxins and Acquisition of Intentions: Why Rational Choice Theory is not Self-Defeating.

    -         Buyer Beware: Virtues in the Market as Contingent By-products of Markets.

    -         (F)utility Exposed.

 


         AWARDS & PRIZES

    2017               Prize for Teaching Excellence: best teaching feedbacks in the Humanities Faculty (seven Departments), University of Bayreuth

    2017               LSE Fellowship in Philosophy of the Social Sciences

    2015               Visiting Fellowship at Pittsburgh Center for the Philosophy of Science

    2011-14         Presidential Award for Excellent Academic Performance, University of Bayreuth

    2008-10         AHRC Doctoral Award - PhD project in the 'Philosophical Foundations of Neuroeconomics'

    2007-10         LSE Research Studentship, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method

    2007              Andrea Mannu Prize: best overall exam performance among the 2006/07 MSc students,

                          Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, London School of Economics

    2004-06         Scholarship for Students of Excellence: top 1% of Economics Bocconi University students

    2000              Prize for Excellent Student - International Youth Exchange, by Lions Club Milan


        TEACHING - FULL RESPONSIBILITY 

    2017-18            Ethics, Economics and Public Policy (lectures and 5 seminar groups), King's College London

                             Introduction to Political Theory (lectures and 5 seminar groups), King's College London                      

                             Behavioural Political Economy (5 seminar groups), King's College London

                             Philosophy of Science (PhD course), WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management

    2016-17            Philosophy of Economics (BA course), University of Bayreuth

                             Advanced Topics in Political Science (MSc and BA course), University of Bayreuth                      

                             Business Ethics and Bioethics (MSc and BA course), University of Bayreuth

                             Philosophy of Science (PhD course), WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management

                             Philosophy of the Social Sciences (MSc course), University of Bayreuth

                             Exercises in Philosophical Analysis (BA course), University of Bayreuth 

   2015-16            Advanced Topics in Political Science (MSc and BA course), University of Bayreuth                      

                             Business Ethics and Bioethics (MSc and BA course), University of Bayreuth

                             Philosophy and Public Policy (MSc and BA course), University of Bayreuth

                             Philosophy of the Social Sciences (MSc course), University of Bayreuth   

                             Advanced Topics in the Philosophy of Economics (MSc and BA course), University of Bayreuth

    2014-15           Business Ethics and Bioethics (MSc and BA course), University of Bayreuth

                            Philosophy and Public Policy (MSc and BA course), University of Bayreuth

                            Scientific Revolutions in Economics (MSc and BA course), University of Bayreuth

                            Philosophy of the Social Sciences (MSc course), University of Bayreuth   

                            Advanced Topics in the Philosophy of Economics (MSc and BA course), University of Bayreuth

    2013-14          Philosophy and Public Policy (MSc and BA course), University of Bayreuth

                            Scientific Revolutions in Economics (MSc and BA course), University of Bayreuth

                            Philosophy of the Social Sciences (MSc course), University of Bayreuth    

                            Exercises in Philosophical Analysis (BA course), University of Bayreuth

    2012-13           Philosophy and Public Policy (MSc and BA course), University of Bayreuth

                            Scientific Revolutions in Economics (MSc and BA course), University of Bayreuth

                            Philosophy of the Social Sciences (MSc course), University of Bayreuth

                            Exercises in Philosophical Analysis (BA course), University of Bayreuth

    2011-12           Philosophy and Public Policy (MSc and BA course), University of Bayreuth

                            Knowledge and Methods in Economics (MSc and BA course), University of Bayreuth

                            Philosophy of the Social Sciences (MSc course), University of Bayreuth

                            Methodology of Economics (BA course), University of Bayreuth

    2011                Philosophy of the Cognitive Sciences (invited guest lecturer), London School of Economics

    2010                Master Class in Neuroeconomics (four talks), University of Valencia


        TEACHING - ASSISTANT 

    2017-18          Empiricist and Positivist Social Science (lectures, BA students), King’s College London

    2015-16          Introduction to Philosophy (lecturing to all BA students), University of Bayreuth

    2009-10          Morality and Values (graduate teaching assistant), London School of Economics

    2008-09          Philosophy of the Social Sciences (graduate teaching assistant), London School of Economics


        TEACHING - ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION

     2008-10         Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (Full Certificate):

                           two-year professional qualification for enhancing teaching skills and methods

 


         VISITING

    2017            Research Visitor at the CPNSS (Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, London School of Economics, March - April)

    2016            Visiting Scholar at University of Pennsylvania (Behavioral Ethics Lab - Department of Philosophy, September)

                        Research Visitor at the CPNSS (Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, London School of Economics, February - March)

    2015            Visiting Scholar at University of Pennsylvania (Behavioral Ethics Lab - Department of Philosophy, September)

                         Research Visitor at the MCMP (Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, February - March)

    2014             Research Visitor at the CPNSS (Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, London School of Economics, September - October)

                         Visiting Scholar at University of Pennsylvania (Behavioral Ethics Lab - Department of Philosophy, May - July)

                         Visiting Scholar at the UCSD (University of California San Diego, Department of Philosophy, February - April)

    2013             Research Visitor at the TINT (Finnish Centre for Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, September - October)

                         Research Visitor at the TINT (Finnish Centre for Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, February - March)

    2012             Research Visitor at the CPNSS (Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, London School of Economics, September - October)

                         Research Visitor at the CPNSS (Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, London School of Economics, February - March)


        ORGANISATION & PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

    2011-17      Refereeing for:

                        British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

                       Economics and Philosophy

                        Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics

                        Erkenntnis

                        European Journal for Philosophy of Science                

                       History of Political Economy

                       Journal of Economic Methodology

                       Journal of Social Philosophy

                       Journal of Value Inquiry

                       Philosophy of Science

                      Synthese

                       Topoi - International Review of Philosophy

Roundtable on ‘Political Economy: Past, Present and Future’ - King’s College London

Main Organiser of the Joint Graduate Philosophy Conference 2017 - University of Bayreuth & London School of Economics

Main Organiser of the 1st Bayreuth Workshop in Philosophy of Economics - University of Bayreuth

Main Organiser of the Joint Graduate Philosophy Conference 2016 - University of Bayreuth & London School of Economics

                       Main Organiser of the Research Forum (weekly talks with international speakers) - University of Bayreuth

                       Co-organiser of the Joint Talks (one meeting per term for economists and philosophers) - University of Bayreuth

                       Selection Committee for the Junior Professorship in Political Philosophy (specialization in Global Justice) - University of Bayreuth

                       MSc students Selection Committee - University of Bayreuth

                       BA students Selection Committee - University of Bayreuth

                       Supervision of BA theses and MSc theses - University of Bayreuth

                       Co-organiser of the Joint Graduate Philosophy Conference 2013 - University of Bayreuth & London School of Economics                    

    2008-11     Organiser of workshops, talks and social events - Goodenough College (London)

                       Junior Researcher at CRESA (Centre for Research in Experimental Economics) - San Raffaele University (Milan)

    2007-08     Research Assistant at the CPNSS (Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science) - London School of Economics

    2005           Belgium: Internship at the European Union - European Commission, DG Internal Market, macroeconomic research (three months)

    2004           Volunteering in local NGOs (Peru, one month)


         TALKS & CONFERENCES

    2017           Workshop ‘What to Make of Highly Unrealistic Models?’ (Helsinki, Finnish Centre of Excellence):

                       How 'Thin' Rational Choice Theory Explains Choices 

 

                       International Network for Economic Methodology (San Sebastian):

                       Buyer Beware: Virtues in the Market as Contingent By-products of Markets

 

                       Triennial International Conference of Italian Society for Logic & Philosophy of Science - University of Bologna:

                       Who is Afraid of Scientific Imperialism?

 

                       King’s College London - Invited Talk:

                       Bridging the Disciplines of PPE

 

                       University of Cork - Invited Talk:

Philosophy and Health Care

 

London School of Economics - Invited Talk:

Rational Choice Theory and Social Sciences

 

Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics (Oxford) - Invited Talk:

Responsibility and Health Care

 

Interdisciplinary Workshop on Prizes and Virtues (Rome):

                       Buyer Beware: Virtues in the Market as Contingent By-products of Markets

 

                       San Raffaele University (Milan) - Invited Talk:

                       Neuroeconomics

 

                      Inaugural Meeting of the Philosophy, Politics and Economics Society (New Orleans):

                      How 'Thin' Rational Choice Theory Explains Choices

 

    2016          Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association (Atlanta):

                      Who is Afraid of Scientific Imperialism?

 

                      University of Konstanz - Invited Talk:

                      Decision Sciences and the New Case for Paternalism

 

                      Duke University - Invited Talk:

                      Eliminating ‘Life Worth Living’

 

                      University of Pittsburgh - Invited Talk:

                     Why We Cannot Learn from Minimal Models

 

                      University of Pennsylvania - Invited Talk:

                     Who is Afraid of Scientific Imperialism?

                    

                     12th Conference of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy (Pistoia):

                     Who is Afraid of Scientific Imperialism?

 

                      European Network for the Philosophy of the Social Sciences (ENPOSS) - University of Helsinki:

                      How 'Thin' Rational Choice Theory Explains Choices

 

                     16th Annual Conference of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science (University of Cardiff):

                     How 'Thin' Rational Choice Theory Explains Choices

 

                     6th Meeting of the Society for Philosophy of Science (University of Lausanne):

                     Who is Afraid of Scientific Imperialism?

 

                     3rd International Conference of Economic Philosophy (University of Aix en Provence):

                     How 'Thin' Rational Choice Theory Explains Choices

 

                     University of Milan - Invited Talk:                       

                     On the Neural Enrichment of Economic Models: Recasting the Challenge

 

                     London School of Economics - Conference 'Explanation, Normativity and Uncertainty in Economic Modelling':

                     How 'Thin' Rational Choice Theory Explains Choices

 

                     University of Durham - Invited Talk:

                     Who is Afraid of Scientific Imperialism?

   

    2015         International Network for Economic Methodology (University of Cape Town):

                     On the Neural Enrichment of Economic Models: Recasting the Challenge

 

                     New York University - Invited Talk:

                     Decision Sciences and the New Case for Paternalism: Three Justificatory Challenges

 

         New York University - Invited Talk:

                     On the Neural Enrichment of Economic Models: Recasting the Challenge

                       

         University of Pennsylvania - Invited Talk:

                     Choice Models and Realistic Ontologies: Three Challenges to Neuro-psychological Modellers

                       

         University of Groningen - Invited Talk:

                     Decision Sciences and the New Case for Paternalism: Three Justificatory Challenges

 

                     University of Edinburgh - Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Philosophy:

                     Decision Sciences and the New Case for Paternalism: Advancing the Debate

 

                     Frankfurt School of Finance and Management - Invited Talk:

                     Decision Sciences and the New Case for Paternalism: Advancing the Debate

 

                     University of Tilburg - Invited Talk:

                     Introduction to Ethics

 

                     University of Wisconsin (Madison) - Invited Talk:

                     Economics, Psychology and the Unity of the Decision Sciences

 

                     2nd Joint Conference of the European Network for the Philosophy of the Social Sciences (ENPOSS)

                     and the American Philosophy of Social Science Roundtable (RPOSS) - University of Washington (Seattle):

                     Economics, Psychology and the Unity of the Decision Sciences

 

                     Finnish Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences (Helsinki):

                     Against Neuroscience Imperialism

 

                     The Human Sciences after the Decade of the Brain (Mainz):

                     Against Neuroscience Imperialism

 

                     Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) - Invited Talk:

                     On the Neural Enrichment of Economic Models: Recasting the Challenge

 

    2014         Economics and Psychology in Historical Perspective (Paris):

                     Economics, Psychology and the Neuroscience Wave: Re-writing the Tale

 

                     24th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association (Chicago):

                     No Learning from Minimal Models

 

                     University of Pennsylvania - Invited Talk:
                     On the Neural Enrichment of Economic Models: Recasting the Challenge

 

                     Rutgers University - Invited Talk:

                     Existence, Nothingness, and All That

 

                     Models and Simulations 6 (University of Notre Dame):

                     No Learning from Minimal Models

  

                     University of California San Diego (UCSD) - Invited Talk:

                     On the Neural Enrichment of Economic Models: Recasting the Challenge

 

                     Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) - Invited Talk:

                     No Learning from Minimal Models

 

    2013          London School of Economics - 'Choice Group':

                     Neural Findings and Economic Models: a Critique of Neuroeconomics

              

                     1st  Joint Conference of the European Network for the Philosophy of the Social Sciences (ENPOSS)

                     and the American Philosophy of Social Science Roundtable (RPOSS) - University Ca' Foscari, Venice:

                     Neural Findings and Economic Models: a Critique of Neuroeconomics

 

                     University of York - Invited Talk:

                     Decision Sciences and the New Case in Favour of Paternalism: Advancing the Debate

 

                    13th Annual Conference of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science (University of Exeter):

                    Choice Models and Neuro-Psychological Ontologies: Three Challenges to Realisticness

 

                    University of Bayreuth - 'Research Forum':

                    Decision Sciences and the New Case in Favour of Paternalism: Advancing the Debate

   

                    International Network for Economic Methodology (Erasmus University of Rotterdam):

                   Choice Models and Neuro-Psychological Ontologies: Three Challenges to Realisticness

 

                    Finnish Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences (Helsinki):

                    Neural Findings, Economic Models and the Case in Favour of Neuroeconomics: a Critique

 

    2012        Cambridge Conference 'Philosophy and the Sciences' (Centre for Research in the Arts,

                    Social Sciences and Humanities): The Futile Search for True Utility.

 

                    Summer School 'How do we make Decisions?' (Tubingen Centre for Integrative Neuroscience): 

                    Economic Models and Neuro-Psychological Ontologies: Three Challenges to Realisticness

 

                    Mancept Workshop in Political Theory (University of Manchester):

                    Decision Sciences and the New Case in Favour of Paternalism: a Philosophical Evaluation

 

                    Summer School 'Ethical Issues in Neuroeconomics' (University of Castellon -Valencia):

                    Decision Sciences and the New Case in Favour of Paternalism: a Philosophical Evaluation

 

                    Models and Simulations 5 (Finnish Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Helsinki):

                    Economic Models and Neuro-Psychological Ontologies: Three Challenges to Realisticness

 

                    Spring School 'Medical Paternalism' (Hamburg University):

                    Decision Sciences and the New Case in Favour of Paternalism: a Philosophical Evaluation

 

    2011        University of Bayreuth - Invited Talk:

                    The Futile Search for True Utility

 

                    7th European Congress of Analytic Philosophy (University of Milan):

                    On the Alleged Insignificance of the Primordial Existential Question

 

                    11th Annual Conference of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science (University of Sussex):

                    The Futile Search for True Utility

                    London School of Economics - 'Choice Group': The Futile Search for True Utility

    2010        Bocconi University (Milan): On the Neural Enrichment of Economic Models

                    San Raffaele University (Milan): On the Neural Enrichment of Economic Models

                    9th Conference of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy (Padua):

                    On the Alleged Insignificance of the Primordial Existential Question

 

                    Workshop 'Philosophy meets Economics, Economics meets Philosophy' (Munster):

                    Five Questions on Neuroeconomics

 

    2009        4th World Metaphysics Conference (Rome):

                    On the Alleged Insignificance of the Primordial Existential Question

    2008        Erasmus University of Rotterdam: Conference 'Neuroeconomics: Hype or Hope?':
                    Is Neuroscience Revolutionizing Economics?

                    University of Amsterdam, , Workshop on 'Decisions, Games and Logic':

                    Social Decisions and the Locus of Value

                    University of Eastern Piedmont: Workshop on 'History and Philosophy of Behavioural
                    Economics': Why Neuroscience is not Revolutionizing Economics


         LANGUAGES

        Italian (native)

        English (fluent)

        Spanish (intermediate)

        German (basic)