The Faculty of Philosophy of the University Vita-Salute San Raffaele is traditionally committed to the development of original and ground-breaking philosophical investigation through lines of research that are constantly and fruitfully intertwined, though following different philosophical traditions and methodologies. The philosophical research stems from the research centers, which support and promote several activities in the areas of ethics and political philosophy, phenomenology, philosophy of mind and language, gender studies, metaphysics and aesthetics, history of ideas. Some of these research lines, in particular philosophy of mind and language, decision theory and rationality theory, gender studies, phenomenology and ethics, are characterized by significant interdisciplinary interactions with scientific studies.

Research methodologies include historical-philosophical investigation, conceptual analysis,  experimental methods, and the most advanced investigation techniques in neuroscience. Each research center carries out its own research in compliance with its own aims and methodologies, but fosters the equal availability of methods of inquiry and conceptual tools to graduate students, so as to encourage young scholars to hold an interdisciplinary approach, aimed at developing original and solidly defensible syntheses concerning various dimensions of human life and experience

Coordinator: Prof. Massimo Reichlin

The procedures for the admission for the a.y. 2017/2018 are open

Ranking for the First Assessment Phase will be published on 07th September, 2017

Interviews will be on 14th September, 2017

PhD Course in Philosophy - cycles XXXI and XXXII

The PhD Course in Philosophy for cycle XXXI and XXXII was divided in 4 curricula:

> Ethics and Philosophy of Person
> Philosophy of Mind, Cognition and Language
> Metaphysics and Aesthetics
> History of Ideas

The main, though not exclusive, goal is the preparation of young scholars to undertake the academic career, both in national and international research institutions and research centers, and the work placement in multidisciplinary professional fields that require philosophical competence.

The following goals are among the PhD main objectives and are shared by all curricula:

  1. the acquisition of competences that unify philosophical understanding of the human experience and the study of natural and social sciences
  2. the mastering of the different languages in which the investigation on the notion of personhood has been developed in Western cultures and is carried out in the main areas of research on human reality
  3. learning the most advanced methods of  investigation in conceptual analysis, historical-theoretical research, rational argumentation, experimental study of cognitive functions
  4. the development of a syncretic perspective on philosophical subject matters – human mind, language, values, behavior, personal life – which unifies historical and philosophical comprehesion and the results from empirical science

These goals are implemented even more effectively in each PhD curriculum, in which specializing competences will be developed through a multidisciplinary analysis of philosophical contents, perspectives and tools that merge into the principal methodology of each research field. The synthesis that each PhD student shall accomplish in her/his research shall not be a blurred mixture of methodologies and contents, rather an enrichment and integration of a main line of investigation with other aspects compatible with her/his research topic, so that what would be overshadowed by a unilateral approach could come to light.

To this aim, each PhD student not only will be able to conceive and construe her/his own original line of research, by being guided by a supervisor and a tutor, but will also attend a training program shared by all curricula, both by didactic seminars and participations in the activities of the other research groups of the PhD program.

By this didactical methodology, each PhD student will have the chance to acquire a unitary view and be equipped with an ample variety of both practical and conceptual research tools, which are often otherwise limited within single academic disciplines. To this extent, such an multifaceted approach sees a rather natural and privileged research environment in University Vita-Salute San Raffaele; the PhD program will also benefit from the collaboration with the interdisciplinary research centers of the Philosophy Faculty and the research centers of the University.

The training activity of the PhD Course in Philosophy  offers both courses and seminars specific to each curriculum both general courses whose participation is open to all students of the different curricula.
See below the organization of training program:

I year

Mandatory common activities:
  • Cycle of reading seminars on a common topic – each student is required to present a text, in cordance with the reference teachers of their CV
  • Front seminars
Mandatory intracurricular activities:
  • Educational seminars
  • Educational seminars with external speaker
  • Workshop and conferences
  • Seminars of Research Center

II year

  • Intracurricular activities (as for the I year)
  • Presentation of student’s research project to other colleagues (in agreement with the coordinator of the curriculum and  thesis supervisor – in the mid of the second year)
  • Each student can identify, in accordance with their own teachers reference, a series of signicative readings for the own research project and present it to groups of colleagues of their subject area – small groups; 6/8 meetings
  • Possible period abroad

III year

The third year is dedicated to thesis writing – nothing anyhow prohibits organize readings cycles (see. Above), provided this does not negatively affect the activity of writing the thesis.

Teaching activity a.a. 2015/2016

Intracurricular activities


La prudenza in Adam Smith e la sua rilevanza per le Neuroscienze Sociali
Seminario (Cesep-Cresa) – Eleonora Viganò – UniSR
Mercoledì 4 novembre 2015 – 14:00-16:00
Aula Himotep – Dibit1

Workshop su Adam Smith, La teoria dei sentimenti morali

Martedì 24 e mercoledì 25 novembre 2015
Aula Catone – Dibit1

La dignità umana dopo la Carta di Nizza. Un’analisi concettuale.
Workshop “Phenomenology Today” – Barbara Malvestiti (Università degli Studi di Bergamo)
mercoledì 13 gennaio 2016 – 14:00 – 16:00
Aula Talete – Dibit

Enactivism and Social Perception
Workshop “Phenomenology Today”- Soeren Overgaard (University of Copenhagen)
mercoledì 20 gennaio – 14:00-16:00
Aula Agnodice – Dibit1

Embodied Cognition Between Phenomenology and Cognitive Sciences
Ciclo di lezioni per il Workshop “Phenomenology Today” – Francesca Forlè (UniSR)
Giovedì 3 marzo 2016 – 14:00-16:00
Aula Fleming – Dibit1

Gruppo di lettura – Dignità
Mercoledì 9 marzo 2016 – 16:00-18:00
Sala Riunioni, Facoltà di Filosofia

Embodied Cognition Between Phenomenology and Cognitive Sciences
Ciclo di lezioni per il Workshop “Phenomenology Today” – Francesca Forlè (UniSR)
Giovedì 10 marzo 2016 – 14:00-16:00

Embodied Cognition Between Phenomenology and Cognitive Sciences
Ciclo di lezioni per il Workshop “Phenomenology Today” – Francesca Forlè (UniSR)
Giovedì 17 marzo 2016 – 14:00-16:00

Gruppo di lettura – Dignità
Mercoledì 23 marzo 2016 – 16:00-18:00
Sala Riunioni, Facoltà di Filosofia

Embodied Cognition Between Phenomenology and Cognitive Sciences
Ciclo di lezioni per il Workshop “Phenomenology Today” – Francesca Forlè (UniSR)
Giovedì 31 marzo 2016 – 14:00-16:00

Fenomenologia dell’immaginazione e esperienza dell’altro
Ciclo di lezioni per il Workshop “Phenomenology Today” – Michela Summa (University of Wurzburg)
Giovedì 7 aprile 2016 – 14:00-16:00

Democrazia e corruzione
Emanuela Ceva (Università di Pavia)
Martedì 12 aprile 2016 – 11:00-13:00

L’europa in cerca di stabilità tra populismo e democrazia
Seminario didattico – Nadia Urbinati (Columbia University, New York)
Mercoledì 13 aprile 2016 – 11:00-13:00

Gruppo di lettura – Dignità
Mercoledì 13 aprile 2016 – 16:00-18:00
Sala Riunioni, Facoltà di Filosofia

Saggezza politica e democrazia: il ruolo dei partiti – Enrico Biale
Mercoledì 27 aprile 2016 – 11:00-13:00

Adam Smith on Justice and Politics

Craig Smith (University of Glasgow)
Mercoledì 27 aprile 2016 – 14:00-16:00

Gruppo di lettura – Dignità
Mercoledì 27 aprile 2016 – 16:00-18:00
Sala Riunioni, Facoltà di Filosofia


La prudenza in Adam Smith e la sua rilevanza per le Neuroscienze Sociali
Seminario (Cesep-Cresa) – Eleonora Viganò – UniSR
Mercoledì 4 novembre 2015 – 14:00-16:00
Aula Himotep – Dibit1

Evidence-Based Policy Making
Seminario didattico (CRESA) – Francesca Tamma (Behavioural Insights Team)
Mercoledì 11 novembre 2015 – 14:00-16:00
Aula Tertulliano – Dibit2

Percezione, ragionamento e computazioni: il fenomeno delle illusioni percettive
Seminario didattico (CRESA) – Clotilde Calabi (Università Statale di Milano)
Mercoledì 9 dicembre 2015 – 14:00-16:00

Rivedibilità e teoria della giustificazione

Seminario (CRESA) – Giangiuseppe Pili (PhD UniSR)

Giovedì 10 dicembre 2015 – 16:00-18:00
Aula Asclepio – Dibit1

Mind and consciousness: some issues in Cognitive Phenomenology
Workshop (CRESA)
Venerdì 8 gennaio 2016 – 9:30 – 18:00
Aula Catone – Dibit 1

Vent’anni dopo: competenza lessicale e neuroscienze. Una discussione a partire da “Lexical Competence” (Diego Marconi, MIT Press, 1997) e “Come comprendiamo le parole. Introduzione alla semantica lessicale” (Claudio Faschilli, Mondadori Education, 2014)
Seminario dottorale
Mercoledì 20 gennaio 2016 – 11:00-13:00
Aula Agnodice – Dibit1

Gli effetti delle etichette denigratorie sugli spettatori
Seminario didattico CRESA – Fabio Fasoli (Università di Trento)
mercoledì 20 aprile 2016 – 14:00-16:00


Seminario dottorale (PSI) – Prof. PAUL VERSCHURE, Direttore del Dipartimento di Neuroscienze Computazionali dell’Università PompeuFabra di Barcellona (SPECS):
Martedì 24 novembre 2015 – 14:00-15:00
Aula Sant’Ambrogio – Dibit 2

Brain activity in response to visual symmetry
Seminario dottorale – Marco Bertamini (Liverpool University)
giovedì 14 aprile 2016 – 14:00 – 16:00


Che cos’è la metaforologia?
Seminario didattico (CRISI) – Francesca Rigotti – Università della Svizzera italiana
Giovedì 5 novembre 2015 – 16:00-18:00
Aula Tertulliano – Dibit2

Presentazione del libro L’architettura dell’umano. Aristotele e l’etica come filosofia prima (Vita e Pensiero, 2014)
Seminario (CRISI) – Claudia Baracchi – Università Milano Bicocca
Giovedì 12 novembre 2015 – 16:00-18:00
Aula Asclepio – Dibit 1

“Mito e Logos: Grecia e Vicino Oriente a confronto”, prima lezione
Seminario (CRISI): Silvia Chiodi (CNR – Istituto per il Lessico Intellettuale Europeo e Storia delle Idee (ILIESI)
Giovedì 19 novembre 2015 – 16:00-18:00
Aula Avicenna – Dibit1

L’eroe autobiografico e la contestazione del ridicolo. Genealogia del personaggio moderno.
Seminario (CRISI) – Andrea Inglese (Poeta, saggista,traduttore)
Giovedì 10 dicembre 2015 – 16:00-18:00

“Mito e Logos: Grecia e Vicino Oriente a confronto”, seconda lezione
Seminario (CRISI): Silvia Chiodi (CNR – Istituto per il Lessico Intellettuale Europeo e Storia delle Idee (ILIESI)
Giovedì 17 dicembre 2015 – 16:00-18:00
“Mito e Logos: Grecia e Vicino Oriente a confronto”, terza lezione
Seminario (CRISI): Silvia Chiodi (CNR – Istituto per il Lessico Intellettuale Europeo e Storia delle Idee (ILIESI)
Giovedì 21 gennaio 2016 – 16:00-18:00

“Mito e Logos: Grecia e Vicino Oriente a confronto”, quarta lezione
Seminario (CRISI): Silvia Chiodi (CNR – Istituto per il Lessico Intellettuale Europeo e Storia delle Idee (ILIESI)
Giovedì 28 gennaio 2016 – 16:00-18:00

Marx e la scienza Seminario CRISI – Francesco Coniglione (Università di Catania)
giovedì 03 marzo – 16:00 – 18:00

Aula Pasteur – Dibit 1

Presentazione del libro Lacuna. Saggio sul non detto (Einaudi, 2014)
Seminario CRISI – Nicola Gardini (Keble College, Oxford)
Giovedì 17 marzo – 16:00-18:00

Gustavo Bontadini e la metafisica

Seminario  dottorale – prof. Leonardo Messinese
Mercoledì 30 marzo – 16:00-18:00

Presentazione del volume: Johann G. Droysen, Sommario di Istorica (Edizioni della Normale)
Seminario CRISI – Giovanni Bonacina (Università di Urbino)
Giovedì 31 marzo 2016 – 16:00-18:00

Semantica dell’oggettività nella scienza della logica
Seminario dottorale – Prof. Luca Illitterati
Martedì 05 aprile 2016 – 14:00-17:00


Logica interna del nichilismo
Seminario dottorale – F. Altea
Martedì 19 e mercoledì 20 gennaio 2016 – 11:00-13:00
Aula Asclepio – Dibit1

Activities in common

PhD annual public seminars

Martedì 15 e mercoledì 16 dicembre 2015 – 9:00 – 12:00
Aule Talete e Catone – Dibit 1

J. Habermas, Teoria dell’agire comunicativo

mercoledì 16 marzo
mercoledì 6 aprile
giovedì 14 aprile
giovedì 21 aprile
martedì 26 aprile
16:00 – 18:00 – Aula di Facoltà di Filosofia – Dibit 1

Training activity A.Y. 2015/2016


 The Study Centre for Public Ethics (CESEP), established in 2007 and currently coordinated by Roberta Sala, aims to provide high-level training tools in the field of public ethics, to respond to moral issues of contemporary society that require capacity argumentative, interdisciplinary dialogue and informed debate between interested parties in a joint cooperation. The center promotes to the highest degree the informed and reasonable comparison between the different cultural, philosophical and religious traditions. Professors of moral and political philosophy and young researchers pursuing specific projects work at CESEP.


The Center for Research in Experimental and Applied Epistemology was founded in 2006, currently it is directed by Matteo Motterlini. The main aim is to promote a fruitful interaction between philosophy, cognitive science and neuroscience, which is expressed in the epistemological reflection on the method and the results of the sciences of mind and in the application of the ideas that result in fields like information technology knowledge, information design, economics and decision making, communication, marketing and social sciences. There are many publications that belong to members of CRESA, both in terms of articles on national and international journals, both in terms of monographs (Motterlini M., Guala F., Mente Mercati, Decisioni, Università Bocconi Editore, Milano 2011). The opportunity to conduct experiments neuroimaging has led to the publication of specialized articles in international journals (including Understanding Others’ regret, PlosONe, Motterlini M. et al; Learning form other’s people experience: A neuroimaging study of decisional intercative-learning, Motterlini M. et al.). CRESA has also active collaboration both with private entities (MilanLab) as with important international research centers (MontiLab, University of California Los Angeles).


Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the History of Ideas was established in June 2012, it is directed by Andrea Tagliapietra. Its purpose is to collect, coordinate and promote research, teaching, conferences, seminars and studies concerning contemporary culture in its relationship with the historical and symbolic dynamics that constitute it and determinate its intrinsic ideological nature. The Center is a place of research, discussion and education. The fruitful interaction and the plurality of traditions of thought, theories and practices of care aimed at the research, understanding and rethinking of anthropological question – summed up and around to the question “quid est homo?” – that characterizes the undertaking ideal and inspiration for San Raffaele, appear the most appropriate space in which it can take place that hospitable and constitutively interdisciplinary survey which forms the history of ideas as an organ critical of the dominant ideologies that, with their crystallization, orient and limit the potential and the freedom of knowledge, and the study of the institutions where the designing practice of human has from time to time materialized. The center has its own magazine, the ” Critical  Journal of History of Ideas” (

Centro Persona

Centre for Research in Phenomenology and Science of person.  PERSONA Center was established in 2009 and it is directed by Roberta De Monticelli. The main research areas of the center are: co-gnitive Phenomenology and Neuroscience, regional Phenomenology and Ontologies, norms and values, Theories of experience, Phenomenology and education. Since the approval of ministerial research projects (PRIN), with sponsorship from foundations and publishing houses (including the Mondadori Foundation and the publisher Raffaello Cortina), and thanks to collaboration with graduate students, young researchers and scholars of phenomenology the Centre produces monographs, scientific articles and international conferences. The Centre annually organizes Summer and Winter School, realizes international conferences and publishes the journal Phenomenology and Mind ( it founded the Seminary of Phenomenology and the blog, meeting places and permanent exchange, one live and the other virtual, open to all students and scholars of phenomenology and philosophical fields with in the center of the phenomena of our “world of life”.


Research Centre for Metaphysics and Philosophy of Arts, founded in 2014 and directed by Massimo Donà. It conducts research about the great questions of ontology, metaphysics and aesthetics, with emphasis on the classical tradition and the aporias intrinsically linked to the say philosophical, that has always been an unsay; a conscious say of conceptual congestion connected to every metaphysical genuinely prospect. The truth is not always critics of the truth, but also awareness of the fact that the non-truth is itself in depth, and that the party game is a game without end that perhaps, because of it, can enable us to expose the different strategies of “power.”

Interuniversity Research Centre of "Culture of Gender"

Formed in 2012 by the will of the Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Università degli Studi di Milano, Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Università degli Studi Milano-Bicocca, Politecnico di Milano, Università IULM. The center aims to promote, develop and coordinate gender studies and research of the six universities of Milan in order to strengthen the interaction between scientists and researchers and with the society and the territory. In particular, the Centre aims to give visibility and develop several studies and research programs on gender issues already active in the universities involved, promote and co-ordinate new research, especially those encouraging interdisciplinary, encourage opportunities of exchange with other public and social actors in the area for training purposes, informational and social transformation in the future anti-discrimination, encourage interaction between scholars and students of various universities; gender issues have interdisciplinary nature and therefore require a research approach that involves different skills, philosophical, psychological, medical, and scientific.


Consists of two broad sections, the Biomedica and the philosophical. Philosophical section offers an extensive collection of books 13,000 volumes rising steadily. Two other key components of the catalog of our library are the Fund Emo and Fund Reale.

The Fund Emo, that is the private library of Count Andrea Emo, passionate student of philosophy and author of several posthumous works, including Notebooks of metaphysics, recently published in the series of “Il Pensiero Occidentale”, was donated in 2004 and has about 7,000 books and 122 magazines on philosophy and literature. The preciousness of the fund, apart from its organic and completeness, is the presence of numerous first editions, in particular the writings of the greatest philosophers and scholars of the Italian early twentieth century.

The Fund Reale, donated by Professor Giovanni Reale, a distinguished professor of the history of ancient philosophy, has been recently acquired and has about 2,300 original works of philosophy and critical studies on ancient philosophy and patristics. This provision constitutes an important extension of the bibliographic heritage with regard to periods of classical Greek philosophy and the philosophy of the Christian origins, with particular reference to the studies on Plato and Platonism.

Biomedical section consists of 12000 volumes rising steadily. The library is part of the Consortium interlibrary SBBL (Lombard Biomedical Library System), the first Italian experience consortium of large libraries in the biomedical field, adheres to GIDIF-RBM, collective catalog of periodicals of 50 biomedical libraries, and Biblio-san, a Consortium nationwide including 45 prestigious structures (IRCCS, Zoo prophylaxis Institutes, national Institute of Health, ISPELS) wanted by the Ministry of Health. Of great importance, the Library has recently acquired a fund of ancient books and documents on the subject of “contagion”. The donation comes from prof. D’Agostino, for years president of the Italian Diabetes Society, who has dedicated his life to the growth of this collection. The collection contains rare and often unique health documents, all prior to the unification of Italy.

The Library also has 40,000 volumes of vintages periodicals and over 350 are the active subscriptions in print and on-line, if any. The purchasing policy is addressing significant resources toward the purchase of packages of electronic journals of the largest publishers in the biomedical field and today there are over 3500 e-journals owned by the Library.

Computational Resources

Students have access to three computer rooms equipped with updated software for statistical analysis (such as SPSS, OpenMX, R, MPlus) and access to major banks online dates (such as PubMed, Psy-chInfo, JSTOR).

Admission Requirements

The application to participate in the selection for the  PhD Course in Philosophy  can be submitted, irrespective of age or citizenship, by individuals holding a 5-year University Degree (according to the old Italian regulation), a Master’s Degree (according to the new Italian regulation) (hereinafter, the “Degree”) or an equivalent foreign academic qualification, approved in advance by the PhD Examination Committee, according to international agreements and/or inter-university cooperation and mobility agreements.

Final year students can also apply,  as long as they have already taken all examinations and graduate before October 31st, 2017, under penalty of exclusion from selection. All candidates admitted with reservation to the competition, will have to give evidence of their graduation by November 15th, 2017, in case they should be assigned a position.

Pursuant to the regulations in force, students enrolled in the last year of the Medicine Specialisation Schools of the “Vita-Salute San Raffaele” University are entitled to submit their application. Should they be assigned a position, their PhD Course start date shall be consistent with the closure of the specialisation year.
Italian, EU and non-EU citizens holding a foreign academic qualification which has not yet been declared equivalent to an Italian degree shall expressly ask to the Examination Committee to determine whether it is equivalent, only for the purposes of the admission to the PhD Course they intend to compete for, and include the following documents in their application:

1) Official record of the degree, complete with the list of the exams and the relevant marks, translated and legalised by an Italian diplomatic representation (Embassy or Consulate) of the country where the degree was awarded;

2) A DV document (declaration of value – “dichiarazione di valore in loco”) to be requested to the same diplomatic representation.


The admission procedures for a.y. 2017/2018 will be activated on June 27th  2017

Number of Positions Available

5 fellowships, divided as follows:

  • 4   fellowships
  • 1 positions without a fellowship

The fellowships are assigned 1 for each Curriculum.

The position without a fellowship shall not be preliminarily assigned to each Curricula, but is assigned to the candidate usefully placed in the final ranking, based on the preferences expressed by her/him during the submission of the online application for admission.

After the final assessment phase, the Examination Committee will indicate also the Curriculum assigned to the Candidates that have been awarded a position and/or are eligible.

Admission Procedures

The admission application shall be submitted on the form, available on

The form, duly filled out, printed on unstamped paper and signed, is to be sent within July 27th, 2017, to the PhD Office by means of:

  1. a PDF file attached to a certified e-mail message which can be sent to: The e-mail must be exclusively sent from a certified e-mail address;
  2. a PDF file attached to a regular e-mail which must be sent to the PhD Office e-mail address: In this case the original documentation must be delivered directly to the PhD Office, according to one of the following methods within the enrolment deadline, under penalty of exclusion:
  1. directly delivered to: PhD Office – Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele,  Via Olgettina, 58 – 20132 Milan, Italy
  2. by means of recorded delivery with return receipt to the address mentioned at c);
  3. by an authorised courier service with delivery receipt to the address mentioned at c).

Date  of postmark (or the authorised courier stamp) or date of the e-mail serving as proof.

Candidates submitting the admission application shall enclose to the application, i.e. to the signed copy of the electronic form:

  • A self-certification of the Master’s Degree, indicating the thesis title, the graduation mark, and the list of relevant exams with the Attachment 2; it is possible to bring a copy of a certificate, with these information, with the self-certification (Attachment 2) in which it is declared that the copy of the certificate is in compliance with the original certificate;
  • An electronic copy of the most relevant publications (up to a maximum of 5). It is necessary to attach to the application form sent in hard copy or in electronic format, the substitute declaration of certification (Attachment 2), duly filled out, in which the Candidates declare that the publication(s) sent via email (please indicate also the title of each publication(s)) comply (ies) with the original; even if the MA degree thesis cannot be considered as a publication, it can also be sent, only in electronic format (.pdf file). Hard copies of the publications and of the thesis will not be accepted;
  • ONLY for candidates who have not graduated by the time of their online admission application, a self-certification (Attachment 2) stating that all the exams required for graduation (Master’s Degree) have been passed as well as the list of all courses taken including the relative marks and the average grade;
  • A copy of a valid identity document;
  • for candidates holding a non-Italian University Degree, all other documents as indicated in the Official Call.

Applications submitted or sent after the time-limit above will not be eligible for the selection.

The reference letters, directly submitted to the Ufficio Dottorati of the University  by authoritative personalities of the scientific and/or academic world and in case listed by the Candidates in their admission application are part of the evaluation documents. These authoritative personalities shall have known the scientific qualities of the Candidates by virtue of their institutional tasks (as Attachment 1).

The reference letters shall be submitted within the deadline herein for the admission applications (July 27th, 2017)


The previous information are a synthesis,  for information purposes only,of the Official Call. Please consider that the Italian version of this Official Call is the only legal means of communication of the relative contents and in case of dispute, the Italian version shall prevail.

Form online (Attachment 1)

The Form on line (available on represents the application and must be filled out and sent by on-line procedure, THEN the candidate has to print, sign and send it, within the deadline of July 27th, 2017 with the other documents requested (please see the Admission Procedures).

Application form (online form) can be filled out either in Italian or in English.

In case Candidates wish to apply for more than one Curriculum (maximum two)  they shall specify the preferred Curricula in the application form.

The electronic form shall be filled out only once, and all the Curricula that the Candidates wish to apply for shall be selected. Candidates shall submit only one research project, in which they shall write the different variations of the theme proposed for each Curriculum they choose.


Reference Letter (Attachment 1)

REFERENCE LETTER – Attachment 1 (file pdf e file word)

All reference letters which have not been drafted according to the form (Attachment 1) or submitted in different ways than those described in the Call will be rejected.

SUBSTITUTIVE DECLARATION – Attachment 2 (file word e file pdf)

The entitled persons shall avail themselves of what is set forth in Italian Presidential Decree no. 445/00, as amended and integrated, governing substitute declarations, by using Attachment 2, in case they attest other circumstances provided for by Articles 46 and 47 of Italian Presidential Decree no. 445/00.

Selection Procedures

Admission to one of the Curriculum of the PhD Course is by a comparative selection procedure organized into two phases, described below.

First Assessment Phase

This phase, for which candidate’s presence is not necessary, is not public. It is carried out by the Committee which will assess:

a. all the submitted documents, above described:

  • Curriculum Vitae attached to the online application form;
  • Master’s Degree, final graduation mark and grades of all passed examinations;
  • Publications on national or international organs and abstract presentations at conferences.

b.   a written Research Project, also attached to the online application form, as pursuant to Art. 3 of this call, about the candidate’s research interests. The Research Project can also be written in English.

c.   The reference letter(s), directly submitted to the PhD Office of the “Vita-Salute San Raffaele” University of Milan by authoritative personalities in the scientific and/or academic field who, in their capacity, have known the candidate’s scientific qualities (as per Attachment 1 form). The reference letters shall be submitted within the deadline herein for the admission applications (July 27th, 2017)

 Based on the documents received and according to already-established assessment criteria, the Examination Committee proceeds to the first stage of the comparative assessment of the Candidates’ qualifications (THE CANDIDATES MUST NOT BE PRESENT DURING THIS PHASE) e drafts the ranking of the candidates admitted to the second phase.

Only candidates who will have attained a score higher or equal to 60% of the maximum score (60 points) granted for the documentation assessment.

Second Assessment Phase

The second phase consists in a scientific and aptitude interview with an Examination Committee, according to the criteria previously set by the Committee itself.

Candidates admitted to the interview shall have with themselves one of the following identification documents: identity card, driving licence, passport or any other documents provided for by law, provided that they contain a photograph and a stamp or another equivalent marking and that they have been issued by a state authority.

The interview will concern:

  • the level of knowledge of the English language
  • candidates’ both general and specific qualifications.
  • A debate on candidates’publications will take place, as well as on their motivation to take part in this PhD Course and their personal research career pathway in the future.

Candidates who will get a final score lower than 60% of the highest score (100 points) are considered as non-eligible.

At the end of the second assessment phase, the Examination Committee shall draft a final ranking based on a comparative assessment.

The assignment will be carried out according to ranking in the final list and the preferences declared from candidates.The Examination Committee, on final assessment, will also indicate the CV for which a candidate turned out to be the winner of a position and/or eligible.

Assignment of the Fellowships and Enrollment Procedures

There exists only one final ranking, which is updated after each stage.

The Candidates can accept a position in the assigned Curriculum giving up their scholarship. In that case, the first candidate, who turned out winner for the post without scholarship within the same Curriculum, will get the position with fellowship.

Assignment of  Positions (the details in art.5.3 of the Official Call)

We will proceed before with  the assignment of 4 positions with fellowships (to be assigned to the 2 Curricula, as per Art. 2 of the Official Call) and, once completed the allocation of these positions, we will proceed with the assignment of position without fellowship.

The position are assigned based on the final ranking and the preferences declared by the Candidates.

After the final assessment phase, the Examination Committee will indicate also the Curriculum assigned to the Candidates that have been awarded a position and/or are eligible.

Enrollment Procedures (the details in art.7 of the Official Call)

The winning candidates will have to formalize their enrollment on the proper web page (, by gaining access with the credentials obtained during registration in 2 working days as from the date of publication of the final ranking for the candidates winners of a fellowship and in 5 working days for the candidates winners of a position without fellowship.
For everyone, enrolment must be finalized by the second working day after the online enrollment.

In the event that a candidate does not enter online within the due date, or in case he/she does not finalize his/her enrolment within the 2 subsequent working days, he/she will be considered as a renouncer, thus loses the right to enroll.


Not available at the moment.

The PhD Course in Philosophy 

is divided in two Curricula