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I am currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Jean Nicod Institute, where I am also a member of the research team “Consciousness and the self”. In the same centre I previously (2012-2013) held a Research Fellowship in the “Fiction in emotion” project (ANR-11-EMCO-0008), an interdisciplinary project at the interface between philosophy and neuropsychology.

Graduated in Philosophy at the Università di Roma Tre (B.Sc. 2006, Master 2008) under the supervision of Mauro Dorato and Massimo Marraffa, at the Institut Jean-Nicod and the Université Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC) I qualified as Doctor (2011) under the supervision of Jérôme Dokic.

My areas of research are philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, epistemology, philosophy of language, aesthetics and philosophy of emotions.
One of the more specific topic-areas of my investigation is imagination. In my dissertation, “The imaginative realm and supposition”, I argue that supposition is a sui generis type of imagination (see also Arcangeli 2014). Imagination is not just any old topic of the philosophy of mind, but inevitably overlaps with almost all other sub-domains of this branch of philosophy. Indeed, my doctoral research has led me to tackle a rich variety of related issues, from the propositionality/conceptuality of mental content and its truth-evaluability, to the active/passive nature of mental states, to the varieties of doxastic states (including belief and acceptance) and the debate in cognitive psychology on dual-process theories.
My current research focuses on the perspectival nature of imagination (i.e., the fact that, similarly to perception and memory, imagination somehow involves a self or “point of view”), on the links between this feature of imagination and its capacity to elicit emotions and on the human capacity to mentally travel in the past and in the future.

I am also interested, on the one hand, in the debate on thought experiments (in Arcangeli 2010 I have suggested an original cognitive approach to thought experiment based on the notion of imagination) and, on the other hand, in the history and philosophy of science (physics in particular – see, e.g., Arcangeli 2012). In my MA dissertation, “On the nature and function of thought experiments”, I tried to give a generalized account of thought experimentation both in philosophy and in science (Physics and Biology). In my B.Sc. dissertation I examined Ernst Cassirer’s work on Relativity and Quantum Mechanics.