Département de philosophie

Centre de recherches phénoménologiques

Federico Boccaccini

Université de Liège
Département de philosophie
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B-4000 Liège (Belgique)
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Federico Boccaccini is currently an Honorary Research Fellow (collaborateur scientifique /wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) appointed by the Department of Philosophy at the University of Liege. He was Postdoctoral Researcher (2014-2017) (chargé de recherches) at the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (F.R.S.-FNRS). He joined the Department in 2011, after his BA in Philosophy in Rome (La Sapienza), and MA and Ph.D. in Paris (Sorbonne -Paris1), as a Euraxess Postdoctoral Researcher (2011-2013) and then as a Research Fellow associated to the "Brentano School Project" directed by A. Dewalque (2013-2014).

He was Academic Visitor for the Trinity Term 2013 to the Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies Project (ERC), University of Oxford.

Much of his work has focused on the legacy and impact of early modern philosophy of science and mind on the 19th and 20th-century philosophy with a particular attention to the connection between Franz Brentano and 19th century philosophy, early phenomenology and analytic philosophy, and the late modern metaphysics, ontology, and logic (esp. Aristotelian tradition). His research interests in philosophy are primarily in history of ontology of mind, intentionality, history of philosophy of social sciences (HPSS) connected to the theory of knowledge, and mental agency. He received a grant support as a Principal Investigator from F.R.S.- FNRS for his project ACME (2014-2017) on the history and logic of mental acts. He also co-promoter of the inter-university project "L'expérience des états mentaux" (2018-2021) between the University of Liege and the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) funded by the FNRS and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

His main present project is a monograph on Brentano and modern philosophy of mind and a second book, written in collaboration with M. Antonelli, on Brentano for the major series in Italy of introductions to the great Western philosophers. He is seriously considering writing a third book about the making of empirical psychology in the modern European context (1538-1879).

He founded an interdisciplinary group on the philosophy of history, supported by FNRS, in order to exchange ideas among scholars about methodology and epistemology of writing history of Western thought (including history of science and intellectual history) displayed in particular on the topics of truth and narrativity, epistemic value of history, historical knowledge and epistemology of history of philosophy.

Selected recent works


  1. Brentano et la fin de la pensée moderne (in preparation).
  2. Franz Brentano, collana "Pensatori", Roma, Carocci, 2019 (with M. Antonelli).

Book editor

  1. Lotze et son héritage. Son influence et son impact sur la philosophie du XXe siècle, Bruxelles, Peter Lang, 2015.
  2. (with M. Antonelli) Franz Brentano, 4 vols, Routledge Critical Assessment of Leading Philosophers Series, London, Routledge, 2018 (forthcoming):
    - Volume 1 " Sources and Legacy";
    - Volume 2 "Intentionality and Philosophy of Mind";
    - Volume 3 "Metaphysics, Logic, Epistemology";
    - Volume 4 "Ethics, Religion, Aesthetics".
  3. (with G. Cormann) Phénoménologie de l’action. Perspectives contemporaines sur le sujet et l’agentivité (in preparation).

Book chapters & journal articles

  1. "Aristotle, intentionality, dispositionalism. A debate in ontology of mind", Discipline filosofiche, special issue Ancient Ontologies: Contemporary Debates (forthcoming 2018).
  2. "Brentano’s epistemology of history: inner experience and the reality of the past", Perspectives on Science, MIT Press (forthcoming)
  3. "From ontology to psychoanalysis. Benussi and Musatti on the concept of mental reality", Meinong Studies, 9 (forthcoming 2018).
  4. "Brentano’s use of mental act", in M. Antonelli & F. Boccaccini, Franz Brentano, Vol. 2, London, Routledge, 2017 (forthcoming 2017).
  5. "Brentano e il pensiero come atto mentale", Rivista di filosofia, December 2017.
    6. “Brentano, la théorie des catégories et la definition de la substance”, Les Études philosophiques, 3, September 2017, p. 351-366.
  6. "The Bounds of Object. The Brentano-Meinong Dispute, A Priori Knowledge, and the Power of Perception", B. Leclercq, S. Richard, D. Seron (Eds.), Objects and Pseudo-Objects. Ontological deserts and Jungles from Meinong to Carnap, Berlin, De Gruyter, 2015, p. 27-43.
  7. "L'antipsychologisme de Brentano", M. Gyemant (Ed.), Psychologie et psychologisme, Paris, Vrin, 2015, p. 137-154.

Special Issue Editor

  1. Mental Acts. The Philosophy of Psychology from Herbart to Russell (1815-1921), Paradigmi. Rivista di filosofia, (forthcoming 2019).
  2. Brentano et le long XIXe siècle, Revue philosophique de Louvain, (forthcoming).
  3. Brentano e l’ontologia della mente, special focus of Rivista di filosofia, December 2017.
  4. (Co-editor with A. Marmodoro) Mental Powers in Early Modern Philosophy, The British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 3, May 2017.
  5. D'un point du vue intentionnel. Aspects et enjeux de la philosophie de Roderick Chisholm, Bulletin d'analyse phénoménologique, Série Actes, vol. X, n°6, 2014.

Selected Recent Talks

  1.  Atti mentali e ontologia delle sensazioni da Reid a Brentano, Mente, corpo, società: la lunga ombra del Settecento, March 16-17, 2018, Pontifical Athenaeum St. Anselm, Rome.
  2. Due concetti d’azione mentale: Akt e Handlung in Brentano, Franz Brentano (1838-1917), November 16-17, University of Parma.
  3. Brentano and the mental action in the late 19th century, Die Philosophie Franz Brentanos, October 4, 2017, University of Graz.
  4. Effort and introspection. French spiritualist psychology and its critics, The Nineteenth-Century French Spiritualist Tradition, September 14-15, 2017, Manchester Metropolitan University.
  5. Brentano and contemporary issues in phenomenology of mind, September 25, 2017, Department of Philosophy, University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
  6. Correct and incorrect emotions. Love and hate in Brentano’s moral psychology, May 18, 2015, Faculty of Philosophy, Radcliff Hall, University of Oxford.
  7. Intentionality, Brentano and Bain's Psychology, Common Sense and Enlightenment, March 13-15, 2015, Princeton Seminary, Princeton University.
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