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VINCON Denys Florian



I’m a PhD student (Fall 2010 to present) at the Institut Jean Nicod, under the supervision of Roberto Casati, and at The University of Turin, under the supervision of Alberto Voltolini. In 2011 (October 2011 - November 2011), I was a Visiting Student at the University of Edinburgh, working with John Kulvicki. Recently (September 2012 – February 2013) I was Visiting Scholar at UBC in Vancouver (University of British Columbia) where I worked with Dominic McIver Lopes.

My doctoral work is focused on the, so called, Impossible pictures (Penrose triangle, some of Escher’s drawings, etc.). Broadly speaking, in my research, those pictures are a case study for the logical properties of iconic or pictorial representations. Some research has been done in psychology, especially on the perception of those pictures, whereas what I’m working on is a systematic account of that topic, embracing also the empirical data, from a wider philosophical perspective.


My fields of interest are : Aesthetics, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics.