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College of Arts and Sciences

Carlotta Pavese

Associate Professor, Philosophy

 Carlotta Pavese

Academic focus:

Philosophy of mind, epistemology, action theory, philosophy of language

Current research project: 

The practical mind: what is a skill? What is it to be skilled at a task? What sort of cognitive abilities, if any, does having a skill require? By looking at evidence from psychology and neuroscience, and drawing on considerations from action theory, philosophy of representation, and epistemology, I develop and defend a novel response to these questions, according to which having a skill involves a distinctively practical way of representing the world that surrounds us.

Previous positions: 

  • Andrew Mellon Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Philosophy Department, Duke University, 2018-2019
  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Philosophy Department, Duke University, 2014-2018
  • Bersoff Fellowship, Philosophy Department, New York University, 2013-2014

Academic background:

  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Rutgers University, 2013
  • M.A., Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh, 2008
  • B.A., Philosophy, University of Eastern Piedmont, 2004

Last book read:

"Art and Knowledge" by James Young

In your own time/when not working:

I like to play the trumpet and walk while listening to music. I also enjoy the meals that my husband (an excellent cook as well as a children’s novel writer) prepares. 

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:

Epistemologies and Theories of Knowledge, Action Theory, Philosophy of Mind

What most excites you about Cornell:

The philosophy department has been a top-ranked department and Ph.D. program for several decades. I am extremely excited to join a faculty that features some of the most promising young philosophers, as well as some of the most established figures, of the profession.