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Forlè Francesca




Francesca Forlè is Research Fellow (RTD-A) in Theoretical Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy of Vita-Salute San Raffaele University. Previously, she was post-doctoral fellow at the same Institution and at the Center for Advanced Studies – South Eastern Europe (CAS SEE) of the University of Rijeka. Moreover, she has been Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Psychology of Vita- Salute San Raffaele University. She gives guest lectures within the PhD courses of the University of Milan-Bicocca and of Vita-Salute San Raffaele University.

She teaches Neurophenomenology (together with professor Massimo Filippi) at the Faculty of Philosophy and the Faculty of Medicine.

She is Managing Editor of the scientific journal Phenomenology and Mind and member of the research centres PERSONA and gender of Vita-Salute San Raffaele University.

She earned her PhD degree in Cognitive Neurosciences and Philosophy of Mind with a thesis entitled Perception and the Body. Embodied Cognition at the Interface between Phenomenology and Cognitive Sciences (tutor: Professor Roberta De Monticelli and Professor Marco Tettamanti).

Her main research interests are in phenomenology and philosophy of mind, particularly focusing on the role of the body in shaping perception and personal identity and on the phenomenon of (bodily) expressivity.

She has published several papers on national and international scientific journals, such as Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, Philosophical Psychology, Topoi, and in international collective volumes (De Gruyter). She published the book Qualità terziarie. Saggio sulla fenomenologia sperimentale (FrancoAngeli 2017).

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  • 2015 – Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience and Philosophy of Mind, Faculty of Philosophy, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University and IUSS, Pavia.
  • 2011 – M.A. in Philosophy, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University.
  • 2011 – B.A. in Piano, Conservatorio “Niccolò Piccinni”, Bari
  • 2008 – B.A. in Philosophy, University of Bari.

Grants and acknowledgments

  • National scientific qualification in Theoretical Philosophy – Associate Professor, 2018.
  • National scientific qualification in Aesthetics and Philosophy of Language – Associate Professor, 2021.


Forlè, F., Songhorian, S. (2022), “Bodily Expressions as Gestalts. An Argument for Grounding Direct Perception Theories”, Philosophical Psychology, Online First, DOI: 10.1080/09515089.2022.2106201.

  • Forlè, F. (2022), “Emotion and intersubjectivity”, in Schiewer, G.L., Altarriba, J. and Bee Chin Ng (eds.), HSK Handbook Language and Emotion, volume 2, Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter Mouton, pp. 855-870,
  • Forlè, F. (2021), “The Sense of We-agency and Vitality Attunement: Between Rhythmic Alignment and Emotional Attunement”, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, Online First, DOI: 10.1007/s11097-021-09779-2.
  • Forlè, F. (2021), “Recognizing myself in my expressive body: a phenomenological account”, Itinerari – Annuario di Ricerche Filosofiche, LX, pp. 153-167.
  • Forlè, F. (2020), “Bodily Expressions, Feelings, and the Direct Perception Account of Social Cognition”, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 19/5, 1019-1034.
  • Forlè, F. (2020), “Expressive Qualities. A Proposal Based on Giovanni Piana’s Phenomenological Structuralism”, Phenomenological Reviews 1,
  • Forlè, F. (2019), “From the Embodied Self to the Embodied Person. On the Constitution of One’s Own Personal Expressive Style”, Humana.Mente. Journal of Philosophical Studies, 12(36), pp. 100-120.
  • De Vecchi, F. Forlè, F. (2019), “Phenomenological Distinctions between Empathy de vivo and Empathy in Fiction: from Contemporary Direct Perception Theory back to Edith Stein’s Eidetics of Empathy”, Topoi. An International Review of Philosophy, Online First,
  • Forlè, F. (2019), “Rythmòs, Joint actions, and Uncertainty Reduction”, in Trajkovic D., Prodanović S., Pudar Drasko G. (eds.), Urge for Engagement: Conditions of social change, Belgrade: Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, pp. 18-43, ISBN: 978-86-80484-36-5.
  • Forlè, F. (2018), “The ‘How’ and ‘What’ of Aesthetic Experience. Some Reflections Based on Noë’s Strange Tools. Art and Human Nature”, Phenomenology and Mind, 14, pp. 18-28.
  • Forlè, F. (2017), Qualità terziarie. Saggio sulla fenomenologia sperimentale, FrancoAngeli, Milano.
  • Forlè, F. (2017), “Where Straus meets Enactivism. Reflections on an Enactive Theory of Music Perception”, Rivista di Estetica, 66, pp. 106-117.
  • Forlè, F. (2016), “Movement in Music. An Enactive Account of the Dynamic Qualities of Music”, Humana.Mente, Journal of Philosophical Studies 9(31), pp. 169-185.
  • Forlè, F. (2015), “On the Boundaries of Cognition. Against Adams and Aizawa’s Defense of the Intracranialist Thesis”, Metodo. International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy, 3/2, pp. 171-191.
  • Forlè, F. (2013), "What we see depends on how we move. The embodied roots of visual perception", Phenomenology and Mind. The Online Journal of the Research Centre in Phenomenology and Sciences of the Person, 4, pp. 62-69.



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