Fabio Ceravolo

Fabio Ceravolo

Research Student - Philosophy

Summary: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science.



Under Professor Steven French's and Professor J.R.G. Williams supervision, I currently work on a thesis on the metaphysical analysis of parthood and composition relations, supposedly mirroring the physical notion of state-composition and capable of bringing out a (called for!) understanding of the basic relations got at by physical talk of 'material structure'.

In addition, my interests focus on metaphysical and scientific explanation, the metaphysics of structural realism, of entangled states (and of quantum mechanics more generally), of emergent properties.

My very first philosophical infatuation, still nurtured today, is personal identity and especially issues of responsibility towards 'merely' (merely?) virtual entities.


I joined Leeds' department as a PhD student in September 2014.

In July of the same year, I obtained my MA in Philosophy at the Eberhard-Karls University of Tübingen, Germany with a thesis called Ghost of the Object: The Metaphysics of Structural Realism supervised by Prof. Dr. Thomas Sattig and Dr. Matthias Neuber.

From 2010 to 2012 I studied as an undergraduate at the University of Milan, Italy. I was tutored by Prof. Renato Pettoello and my BA thesis was on Categorical Relativity in the Realism/Anti-Realism Debate.


Italian (native), English (fluent), German (fluent), Japanese (intermediate), French (basic), Mandarin (beginner), Latin/ancient Greek (reading and translation).


Local coordinator at White Rose Postgraduate Philosophy Forum - University of Leeds (workshop setting). 

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