Dr Maurizio Meloni

Since receiving his PhD in Italy in 2004, Maurizio Meloni has continued his research through several research fellowships and international grants, both in Europe and in the USA, including a Fulbright Scholarship at the Univ. of Chicago, a visiting Fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, a European Neuroscience and Society Network Fellowship, and more recently, a two-year Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship at the Univ. of Nottingham, followed by a three-year European Reintegration Grant at the same institution. He is the author of one book in Italian on Freud and philosophy (L’Orecchio di Freud, 2005), and is currently working on a second book on the remaking of the idea of the human in contemporary naturalism.

The revival of naturalistic, evolutionary, and neuroscientific arguments in many disciplines today interests him principally for the implicit presence of a moral and political agenda that contributes to make these arguments so seductive and powerful in our epoch. His research aims in particular to shed light on the growing attractive force of the neurosciences in fields traditionally sheltered from the appeal of neurobiological explanations, such as political theory, sociology and philosophy. Maurizio has published in journals such as Economy and Society, Telos, and Subjectivity. He currently works at the Institute for Science and Society, School of Sociology and Social Policy, the Univ. of Nottingham.

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