Laura Candiotto


I’m a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, School of Philosophy,


Psychology and Language Science –

My research interests centre around Social Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind, and History of philosophy (I have a specific expertise in Ancient Greek philosophy). This includes interest in philosophy of emotions, ancient and contemporary theories of mind and knowledge, 4E cognition, feminist philosophy, virtue epistemology, virtue ethics, and educational theories. I’m increasingly working on topics in applied epistemology, especially related to critical dialogue, and applied ethics, in particular on training compassion for the healthcare practitioners. I’m carrying on my research at the Eidyn Centre ( I teach “Philosophy of Well-Being” (undergraduate course), and I am one of the tutors for “Greats” (an undergraduate course dedicated to the philosophy of  Plato, Aristotle, Descartes and Kant).

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My research in a Nutshell

I did my PhD at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, supervisor Prof. Luigi Vero Tarca, in collaboration with the UPR76 CNRS Paris and Sorbonne University of Paris under the supervision of Prof. Luc Brisson. Afterwards I worked as Assistant Researcher (2011-2013) and Postdoctoral Fellow in Theoretical Philosophy (2013-2015) in the same University. During this time I have provided teaching and tutorials for a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

My PhD topic focused on Plato’s Socratic dialogues, from which a monograph in Italian has been published in 2011 (“Le vie della confutazione. I dialoghi socratici di Platone”, tr. Ways of refutation. Plato’s Socratic dialogues, Mimesis, Milano). In this monograph I stressed the necessity thesis about the role of shame in the Socratic elenchus, and the shared motivational states of the interlocutors in the dialogical inquiry.

My Postdoctoral research focused on the metaphysical notion of relation. I analyse its meaning in the history of philosophy (mainly in Plato, Heidegger and Feminist philosophy) and I discussed it through the tools of Contemporary Social Epistemology and Metaphysics of relation. I edited a book on Plato’s metaphysics of relations in 2015 (“Senza dualismo. Nuovi percorsi nella filosofia di Platone”, tr. “Without dualism. New perspectives in Plato’s philosophy, Mimesis, Milano).

A further area of my accomplishments pertains to the contemporary philosophical practices and the consequent practice of philosophy in educational contexts (I also have a Post-graduate specialization in Philosophy for Children, University of Padua) and in society. In the last years I tested some philosophical practices, based on Socratic Dialogue, and have proven to be effective mainly in the health-care sector. I edited with Luigi Vero Tarca three books on it: Primum Philosophari, Comunicare in medicina, Le radici della scelta.

Full list of publications

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