Ferrero 2014Luca Ferrero

Associate Professor

Office: Curtin Hall 627
Phone: (414) 229-4719
Fax: (414) 229-5022
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Ph.D., Harvard University

Research Interests:

His main research interest concerns the nature of intentional agency, with special emphasis on its diachronic dimension and its relation to personal identity. He is currently working on issues on the nature of agency and mortality. He also works on the intersection between the philosophy of agency, practical reasoning, and meta-ethics.

Teaching Interests:

Teaches courses in philosophy of action, philosophy of mind, personal identity, and philosophy of biology.


"Pro-Tempore Disjunctive Intentions," in R. Altshuler and M. Sigrist (eds), Time and Agency (forthcoming)

"Diachronic Structural Rationality," Inquiry, (2014, 57.3: 311-336)

"Can I Only Intend My Own Actions?," Oxford Studies in Agency and Responsibility, (2013, 1: 70-94)

"Intention" in E. Lepore and K. Ludwig (eds.), A Companion to Davidson, (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, Ch.5: 75-89)

"Diachronic Constraints of Practical Rationality," Philosophical Issues, (2012, 22.1: 144-164)

Critical Review of R. Holton Willing, Wanting, Waiting, Oup, Journal of Moral Philosophy, (2012, iii: 1-15)

"Decisions, Diachronic Autonomy, and the Division of Deliberative Labor" Philosophers' Imprint, (2010, 10.2: 1-23)

"Conditional Intentions" Nous, (2009, 43.9: 700-741)

"What Good is a Diachronic Will?" Philosophical Studies, (2009, 144.3: 403-430)

"Constitutivism and the Inescapability of Agency" Oxford Studies in Metaethics, (2009, iv: 303-333)

"Action" in J. Shand (ed.), Central Issues in Philosophy, (Blackwell, 2009: 137-151)

"Three Ways of Spilling Ink Tomorrow" in Rationality in Belief and Action, Rijeka, Filozofski fakultet, E. Baccarini, S. Prijic-Samarzija (eds.) (2006: 95-127).

Review of T. Pievani Introduzione alla Filosofia della Biologia, (2R, 2006, ii: 1-11)

"The Will: Interpersonal Bargaining versus Intrapersonal Prediction" Brain and Behavioral Sciences (2005, Oct 28.5: 654-655).

"An Elusive Challenge to the Authorship Account of First-Person Authority" Philosophical Psychology, (2003, Dec 16.4: 565-577).

"The Difference Principle: Incentives or Equality?" (in Italian), Filosofia e Questioni Pubbliche (1995, i: 47-63).

Parfit's Theory of Personal Identity and Utilitarianism" (in Italian), Annali del Dipartimento di Filosofia di Firenze, (1993, ix: 161-196).