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In February 2021 I completed my PhD in Philosophy at the University of Warwick. I am currently a Teaching Fellow at at the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL)Link opens in a new window, an Associate Fellow at Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS)Link opens in a new window, and Senior Teaching Assistant in the Philosophy Department at the University of WarwickLink opens in a new window. I also work as a tutor for the EUCILink opens in a new windowLink opens in a new window programme at EUTOPIA European UniversityLink opens in a new windowLink opens in a new window. In 2021-2022, I worked as an Early Career Teaching Fellow at IATLLink opens in a new window.

My role as an interdisciplinary teacher is to enable students to make up their “interdisciplinary toolkit” for thinking about problems and for navigating the borderlands between disciplines and between the disciplines and society. I adopt a holistic pedagogical approach that places central importance on practice and lived experience as well as on theory.

My research areas are Post-Kantian European philosophy (especially, Nietzsche); philosophy as a way of life; as well as a variety of topics in the history of philosophy, including skepticism, emotions (including specific emotions and emotional education), wellbeing, and the relationship between theory and practice. I have additional research competence in ethics, moral psychology, and the history of moral philosophy. In the last two academic years in IATL, I have developed a research and teaching interest in contemporary debates on wellbeing and the emotions in philosophy and in other disciplines. I also plan to start an interdisciplinary research on food: body, culture, and society.

Recently, I have joined a research project on The Mediterranean Roots of the European SpirtLink opens in a new window, aimed at problematising and rethinking national and supranational identities in the key of interculturalism and cosmopolitanism. I am also committed to rediscovering and presenting the figure of Paul Valéry, a famous French poet, as an interdisciplinary mind and as a kind of philosopher.

Before joining the University of Warwick in 2016, I completed my BA and MA in Philosophy at the University of Pisa under the supervision of Professor Giuliano Campioni.


PhD Thesis

Title: Senses of Scepticism in Nietzsche's Middle Writings: How He Became a Sceptic

Supervisor: Professor Keith Ansell-PearsonLink opens in a new window

In my thesis I explore Nietzsche’s views on scepticism, focusing especially in the middle writings (1878-1882). I endeavour to demonstrate that in these works, and starting from Human, All Too Human, Nietzsche begins to define his philosophical task in connection with various forms of scepticism. By investigating his thinking about different scepticisms I aim to reveal important, yet neglected, aspects of Nietzsche's free-spirited philosophy, such as the extent to which he is committed to practices of truth and truthfulness.

Scholarship: Centre for Arts Doctoral Research ExcellenceLink opens in a new window

Examiners: Prof. Stephen Houlgate (University of Warwick) and Professor Robert Pippin (University of Chicago).


Publications

I have a number of publications which are forthcoming, under review, and in preparation.

2022 – 'Friedrich Nietzsche: Cheerful Thinker and Writer. A Contribution to the Debate on Nietzsche’s CheerfulnessLink opens in a new window', (with Ansell-Pearson), in Nietzsche-Studien, 40(3), pp.115-170.

2019 – ‘A concepção nietzschiana de ceticismo em Schopenhauer como educadorLink opens in a new window’, in Cadernos Nietzsche, 40(3), pp.115-170.

2019 – Review of Diego E. Machuca and Baron Reed (eds.), Skepticism: from Antiquity to the Present, Bloomsbury, in The Warwick Journal of Philosophy (PLI), 204-2013.

2015 – 'Where Philosophy Meets Poetry in Nietzsche's Writings between 1872-1873Link opens in a new window' in Odradek: Studies in Philosophy of Literature, Aesthetics and New Media Theories, 1(2).

2015 – Co-editor ‘Aesthetics in the Age of New Media, Odradek: Studies in Philosophy of Literature, Aesthetics and New Media Theories, 1(1).

2013 – ‘Nietzsche e Valéry: La filosofia di fronte all’epilogo’, in Il Velo Scolpito, ed. Danilo Manca, Pisa: ETS.


Teaching

Module convenor

2022 (Spring Term) – Thinking Water, IATL, University of Warwick (Postgraduate module)

2022 (Spring Term) – Genetics: Science and Society, IATL, University of Warwick

2021 (Autumn Term) – Understanding Wellbeing: Theory and Practice, IATL, University of Warwick


Seminar Teaching

2021 (Spring Term) – Philosophy of Terrorism and Counterterrorism, Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick

2021 (Autumn Term) – Nietzsche in Context, Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick

2021 (Autumn Term) – Philosophy of Evil, Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick

2020 (Autumn Term) – Philosophy of the Emotions, Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick

2019 (Autumn Term) – Philosophy of the Emotions, Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick

2019 (Spring Term) – Making Decisions, Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick

2018 (Autumn Term) – Feedback Facilitator, Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick

2018 (Spring Term) – Nietzsche in Context, Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick


Guest Lectures

2020 – Understanding Wellbeing: Theory and Practice: 'Emotions and Wellbeing', IATL, University of Warwick.

2019 – Philosophy of the Emotions: ‘Stendhal, Nietzsche, and De Beauvoir on love’, Philosophy Department, University of Warwick


Teaching Awards, Qualifications, Certificates

2022 – Nominated for the Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence

2021 – Postgraduate Award in Interdisciplinary Pedagogy (30 credits, distinction)

2020 WATE PGR: Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence for Postgraduates who Teach (Winner)Link opens in a new window

2020 – Postgraduate Award in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (30 credits, distinction)

2019 – Departmental Teaching Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching

2018-present – Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)


Conference Organisation

2021 – Co-organiser La ragione impura: sulla filosofia di Remo Bodei, Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici.

2021 – Co-organiser ‘Blood at the Leaves / And Blood at the Roots’: Reconsidering Forms of Enslavement and Subjugation across Disciplines, CRPLA Conference, University of Warwick

2021 – Co-organiser Continental Philosophy and Its Histories, Warwick Continental Philosophy Conference (3rd ed.), University of Warwick

2019 – Co-organiser What is Philosophy: Past, Present, Future, Warwick Continental Philosophy Conference (2rd ed.), University of Warwick

2018 – Co-organiser Nietzsche Psychologist of Décadence, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, University of Warwick, and Seminario Permanente Nietzscheano


Research Networks

Co-ordinator of Seminario Permanente Nietzscheano (SPN)Link opens in a new window, Centro Colli-Montinari

Member of the Centre for Research in Post-Kantian European PhilosophyLink opens in a new window, University of Warwick

Associate Member of the Warwick Centre for Research in Philosophy, Literature, and the Arts (CRPLA)Link opens in a new window


Editorial Position

2022 - Reviewer at Historical Materialism (Brill)Link opens in a new window

2021 – Reviewer at De GruyterLink opens in a new window

2019-2021 – Assistant Editor at Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research JournalLink opens in a new window


Dissemination, Outreach, and Impact

With Dr. Elena RivaLink opens in a new window, I co-produced Understanding WellbeingLink opens in a new window, an online interdisciplinary module opened to all students and staff at the University of Warwick. This module aims to foster a holistic understanding of wellbeing, of both its concepts and practices, across varied disciplines, with a view to having an impact on the Warwick community at large, by providing the participants with the conceptual tools to critically think about what it means to be or live well. In this context, I co-produced a podcast and recorded one of its episodes.

Teaching Fellow at IATL, Senior Teaching Assistant in the Philosophy Department

Email: Lorenzo.Serini@warwick.ac.uk

Office: SH2.02 (Office hours currently by appointment only)

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'It is impossible to think seriously with such words as Classicism, Romanticism, Humanism, Realism, and the other -isms. You can’t get drunk or quench your spirit with the labels on bottles' (Paul Valéry, Bad Thoughts and Not So Bad, Princeton University Press 1970, p. 390).

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