School of Religion, Philosophy & Classics

Adriano Palma

Adriano Palma

Senior Lecturer

Discipline Philosophy


Contact Number 031-260-1591

Campus Howard College Campus

Office Address MTB

Areas of Specialization

  • Metaphysics and mind, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, cognitive science, the political philosophy of warfare, the philosophy of religion

Areas of Competence

  • Political philosophy, logic and critical reasoning, ethics, the philosophy of the human sciences.

Academic Employment

  • 2008-current: senior lecturer, University of KwaZulu Natal, The school of ethics and philosophy
  • 2006 (from 08/2006-Jan 2007) ad. professor, Wake Forest University, Department of Philosophy
  • 2004-2008: Visiting Scholar, Philosophy Department, Duke university, current (with teaching responsibilities)
  • 2003: invited lecturer THE SCHOOL OF GOVERNANCE, UNIVERSITY OF DURBAN WESTVILLE, department of philosophy (KwaZulu, Natal, The Republic of South Africa)
  • 2002 Invited professor ENST (Ecole Nationale Sup de Telecommunication), Paris
  • 2002- Associated at the Institute Jean Nicod, current
  • 2001-2002 Universite Paris-X at Nanterre, CC (philosophy dept.)
  • 2001-2002 Almaweb, University of Bologna, Italy, Invited Faculty within the MBA devoted to the sciences of communication.
  • 1999-2001 Faculty member, dept Technologie et Sciences de l’Homme, Université de Technologie de Compiegne 1999-2001
  • 2000 Invited professor, Summer School, the Philosophy program Bogazici Universitesi, Istanbul
  • 1994-1998 Associate Professor, Institute of Philosophy/Centre for Cognitive Sciences, National Chung-Cheng University, Taiwan, R.O.C.
  • 1992-1994 Assistant Professor, Philosophy dept. Bogazici University, Istanbul
  • 1992-1993 Associate Researcher, MRT (French Ministry of Research and Technology)
  • 1990 -Associe (researcher position), CREA/ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE, Paris 1990-present
  • 1990-1991 Visiting professor, Philosophy dept., University of Geneve (Switzerland)
  • 1990 Mahlon-Powell research assistant, Indiana University, Bloomington, Philosophy dept.
  • 1989 Visiting Lecturer, Indiana University, Bloomington, In.
  • 1987-1988 Associate Instructor, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis
  • 1982-1986 Associate Instructor, Indiana University, Bloomington, Philosophy dept.

Academic Awards

  • 1996 The National Science Council, R.O.C, Research excellence Award of the Republic of China
  • 1997 The National Science Council, R.O.C, Research excellence Award
  • Fulbright Fellowship, 1981-1982
  • Fulbright travel grant, 1981-1988.


  • Ph.D. thesis title: ‘Indexicality’, director Hector-Neri Castañeda (examining members of the thesis committee R. Clark, J.M. Dunn, Linda Wessel) (1989)
  • Thesis “On the foundations of mathematical intuitionism” (Laurea cum laude) at the SCUOLA NORMALE SUPERIORE, PISA (Italy) 1979

Areas of Active Research

  • As of the end of 2013, I’m about to finish the editing, curatorial, and scientific overseeing of a book under contract and devoted to Hector- Neri Castañeda, to be in press rather soon with ONTOS Verlag.The collection of essays includes mine.

Selected Publications

All entries marked by a “*” are in refereed publications


Papers Presented at Conferences

  • 1. Problems with omniscience and indexicality, given at the Spring Hill College philosophy club, Mobile, ALA 2.13.1987
  • 2. Parataxis, given at the Logic Colloquium at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 12.7.1988 (then published as number 3 in the publications section)
  • 3. Singular propositions vs.?, given at the Department of Philosophy, University of Geneva (Switzerland), 11.21.1989
  • 4. Invited talk (title: On a propensity to interpret) to the seminar Mente, Sogno,e Realta, Milan, Italy, Jan 1991, within the works of the group Mind & Language of CNR (Italy’s NSF)
  • 5. On Oblique Contexts, internal seminar at CREA, 25.10.1991
  • 6. Some remarks on indexicality and time, given at the 1st ECAP (European Congress of Analytical Philosophy), Aix-en-Provence, April 1993
  • 7. “I and You, and Jackie and death [some constructions at the origin of Derrida’s deconstruction], given at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey, 11.18.1993”
  • 8. Dual ontologies, SIFA (The Italian Society of Analytical Philosophy) congress, Genova, Italy, October 1994
  • 9. Metacognitive states CREAEcole Polytechnique, Feb. 1995
  • 10. ‘On metacognition and consciousness’ invited at the conference ‘Languages of Thought’, University of Palermo, Feb. 1995
  • 11. Two perspectives on acquisition at the Mind&Language workshop, June 8 1995, Academia Sinica, Nankang, Republic of China (then published, see number 24 in the publications section)
  • 12. A cartography of consciousness (co-authored with T. Zalla) given at the 1995 Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science Congress, Florence, Italy, Aug. 1995
  • 13. Acquisition, again (invited talk at the colloquium Objects, Structure, and Meanings, Praha 14th Sep. 1995)
  • 14. The awesome efficiency of what is false (with Gloria Origgi), given at the Relevance Theory Workshop, Hertfordshire University, 10-28- 1995
  • 15. On the impact of indexicality on the philosophy of mind, given at the colloquium of the department of philosophy of the Hong Kong University, Dec. 1995
  • 16. An argument about inaccessible mental states given at the Congress of SILF (The Italian Society for Logic and Philosophy of Science), Rome, Jan 1996
  • 17. “Indexicality and consciousness, given at the second Tucson meeting Tucson II: towards a science of consciousness, April 1996, Tucson AZ
  • 18. On the Roots of the Debates about Subjective States , given at the European Congress of Analytical Philosophy, Leeds, Sep. 1996
  • 19. Perspectivalism given at the Southern Association for Psychology and Philosophy, Atlanta, GA, March 1997
  • 20. On a reason to believe in possible worlds, given at the Czech Academy of Sciences colloquium on possible worlds, September 1997 (then published as number 30 in the publications section.)
  • 21. A che cosa si riduce la domanda naturalista? given at the Society of Analytical Philosophy, Pisa, 12/16/1997
  • 22. On the proper notion of naturalism given at the Israel Philosophical Association, Jerusalem, The Hebrew University, April 8th, 1999
  • 23. On the minimalist conception of semantics (presented at PRAGMA99, Tel Aviv, 1999, the World Meeting on Pragmatics.
  • 24. Regles ou Normes SOPHA, (The French Society of analytical philosophy.) Brest, Sep. 2000..
  • 25. Infallible people at the Congress of the South African Society for Philosophy, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, Jan. 2001
  • 26. Slingshots and truth, given at ENS, Lyon (Ecole Normale Sup, dep. Philosophy), 11.28.2001
  • 27 Cracks in the cathedral: problems with current theories of indexicality given at PSSA2002, The Philosophical Society of South Africa, Stellenbosch University, Jan 2002 (much of the material used was subsequently published as number 47 in the publications section of this very document.)
  • 28 On forms of automatic behavior, given at Rhodes University, Grahamstown (Rsa), Jan.2003
  • 29. Varieties of the current debate on materialism, given at the the Department of Philosophy, Durban, The University of Natal, 03122003
  • 30. “There is nothing that matters”, (on the “no matter” interpretation of physicalism), given on the 14th of January, 2005 at the Department of philosophy of Duke University.
  • 30 Automaticity: different ways of carving up language spaces, 03192003, Durban, The University of Natal (at the conference “Mind and World”) published in the LANGUAGE SCIENCES, to be published in 2004 (ed by Prof. Love, University of Cape Town), see publication 53
  • 31 “The hiring and the hired” (with Prof. Stephen Cowley, presented at PSSA 2004, Fern Hill, KwaZulu-Natal, January 2004)
  • 32.On the notion of free will and its impossibility, given at the Pretoria PSSA annual meeting in Jan 2008
  • 33. A consideration on the impact of the philosophy of mind on political philosophy, given at Rhodes University, Spring Philosophy meeting, sep. 2008
  • 34. On why I am not here, given at the PSSA Annual meeting at the University of Forth Hare, WC, RSA, Jan 2009
  • 35.On parity of arguments (and antirealist mathematics) given at the spring philosophy meeting of the PSSA in sep 2009

Student Supervision