Achille Varzi (philosopher)


Achille C. Varzi (born May 8, 1958) is an
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. He graduated at
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and received a master's and doctoral degree at the
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. He teaches at
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Columbia University
, where he has been a member of the philosophy faculty since 1995. Since 2017 he is Visiting Professor at the University of Italian Switzerland.


Varzi has made notable contributions to the fields of philosophical logic (mainly vagueness, supervaluationism, paraconsistent logic, paraconsistency, formal semantics (logic), formal semantics) and metaphysics (mainly mereology and mereotopology, Causality, causation, Event (philosophy), events, and issues relating to Identity (philosophy), identity and persistence through time). His first book, ''Holes and Other Superficialities'' (1994, with Roberto Casati), was an exploration of the Philosophical realism, realist ontology of common sense and naive physics. His more recent work is inspired by a nominalism, nominalist-Conventionalism, conventionalist stance. Varzi is currently an editor of ''The Journal of Philosophy'' and an advisory editor of the ''Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy''. Varzi is also a prolific writer for the general public and contributes regularly to several Italian newspapers. Achille C. Varzi is a second cousin of the Italian racecar driver Achille Varzi.


* ''I colori del bene'', Naples: Orthotes, 2015. * ''Le tribolazioni del filosofare. Comedia Metaphysica ne la quale si tratta de li errori & de le pene de l’Infero'' (with Claudio Calosi), Rome: Laterza, 2014. * ''Ontologie'', Paris, Ithaque, 2010. * ''Il mondo messo a fuoco'', Rome: Laterza, 2010. * ''Insurmountable Simplicities. Thirty-nine Philosophical Conundrums'' (with Roberto Casati), New York: Columbia University Press, 2006; also translated into French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Greek, Chinese, Korean. * ''Il pianeta dove scomparivano le cose. Esercizi di immaginazione filosofica'' (with Roberto Casati), Torini: Einaudi, 2006. * ''Parole, oggetti, eventi e altri argomenti di metafisica'', Rome: Carocci, 2001. * ''An Essay in Universal Semantics'', Dorrecht, Kluwer, 1999. * ''Parts and Places. The Structures of Spatial Representation'' (with Roberto Casati), Noston (MA): MIT Press, 1999. * ''Theory and Problems of Logic'' (with John Nolt and Dennis Rohatyn), New York: McGraw-Hill, 1998. * ''Holes and Other Superficialities'' (with Roberto Casati), Boston (MA): MIT Press, 1994.

See also

*American philosophy *List of American philosophers


External links

Complete bibliography

Varzi's personal webpage at Columbia University

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