Adriano Palma

Adriano Palma

Position Senior Lecturer
Campus Durban
Phone No. +27 (0) 31 260 1591
Room No. MTB Profile

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.


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

  • 1. “Wo knüpft das Zeichen an die Welt an?” (Il giovane Heidegger 1912- 1914)NUOVA CORRENTE, 76-77, 1978 *
  • 2. Entries in ENCICLOPEDIA FILOSOFICA, Milano, Garzanti, 1981, on mathematical intuitionism, mathematical platonism, law of excluded middle
  • 3. “Parataxis” in LINGUA E STILE, 1, 1989 *
  • 4. “ Coraggio” in LEGGERE, 12, 1989
  • 5. Review of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Remarks on the philosophy of psychology, in LEGGERE, 24, 1990
  • 6. “Hopes and Doubts”, European Yearbook of Philosophy, CSLI Publications, University of Chicago Press, 1994 *
  • 7. Review of David Woodruff Smith’s The Circle of Acquaintance, European Yearbook of Philosophy CSLI Publications, University of Chicago Press, 1994
  • 8. Review of The Secret Pilgrim by John Le Carrè, in LEGGERE, 1991
  • 9. Parataxis, THAT again, (unpublished manuscript)
  • 10. “On a propensity to interpret”, 1991, available as an electronic text at the URL (and at the IPPE archives for philosophy of Chiba University, Japan) *
  • 11. Review of the section on cognitive semantics of Santambrogio M (ed.) Introduzione alla Filosofia Analitica del Linguaggio, Laterza 1992,in, Acta Analytica, 10, 1993
  • 12. “An ontology of suspicion” in Philosophy and History of Science: A Taiwan Journal, 1/1, Oct. 1992 *
  • 13. Review of Cora Diamond, The Realistic Spirit (Wittgenstein, Philosophy, and the Mind) in Revue de Metaphysique et Morale, Paris:1993
  • 14. “What’s Love Got To Do with It?”, in Bridging the Gap, special supplement to Stanford Humanities Review, vol. 4, No1, Spring 1994 *
  • 15. “FOK (feeling of knowledge) and Phenomenal Consciousness” (coauthored with T.Zalla), The Brain and Behavioural Sciences, June, 1995 *
  • 16. Review article of Pinker, Steven The Language Instinct, in Philosophy and History of Science: A Taiwan Journal, vol.3, no 2, October 1994, 111-115 *
  • 17. “Deconstructive Zeitgeist. A note on a popular view in some circle”, in Philosophy and History of Science A Taiwan Journal, vol 4, no1, 95-104, 1995 *
  • 18. “The Wages of Sin” in Intellectica, 1995/2, Paris: ARC & Centre National Recherche Scientifique, Paris 1995 *
  • 19. “Rethinking Knowledge” in Philosophy and Literature, October- November 1995
  • 20. “Realite et virtualite de la realite virtuelle” in Horizons Philosophiques, Longuiel, Quebec, CA, 1996 *
  • 21. “Creativity and consciousness” in PSYCHE, vol. 2, no 1, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press
  • 22. “The awesome efficiency of what is false”, (coauthored with Gloria Origgi) in The Proceedings of the Relevance Theory Workshop, Hertsfordshire, 1997 *
  • 23. “Negative Considerations on the nature of Truth”, Praha, 1997 (in the Proceedings of the “On the nature of Truth, if any”), The Czech Academy of Sciences, 1997
  • 24. “Two perspectives on acquisition” at the Mind&Language workshop, June 8 1995, Academia Sinica, Nankang, Republic of China (published in the proceedings, Academia Sinica, Nankang, R.O.C. 1997)
  • 25. Subjectivity and consciousness, Rome, 1997 *
  • 26. Review article on Andy Clark Being There, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass. 1997, in JCS, The Journal of Consciousness Studies, 1998
  • 27. Review article On Mathematics, Science, and Postclassical Theory, edited by Barbara Herrenstein Smith and Arkady Plotinsky, in JCS, The Journal of Consciousness Studies, 1998
  • 28 A kla ne ilgi I var bunun in COGITO, vol. 13, Winter 1998, Istanbul (ISSN1300-2880) [the Turkish edition of 14]
  • 29. Review article of H. Khatchadourian, Philosophy of Language and Logic, in LANGUAGE, the Journal of the Linguistic society of America, 1998
  • 30. “On a reason to believe inpossible worlds” in LOGICA 1997, FILOSOFIA & The Czech Academy of Sciences publisher, Praha, 1998
  • 31. Review article of Robert Barski Chomsky a life of dissent, in THE LINGUIST, May 1999 (available at the URL of LINGUIST.ORG)
  • 32. Review article of Mino Chamla, Spinoza e il Concetto della Tradizione Ebraica, in ISIS, 1999-2000vol. 90, no. 3, 593 and ff.
  • 33. Discussion of Germaine Greer, The whole woman in ACCESS, vol. 7 2000, Singapore, 2000
  • 34.”Accursed brains: Tourette and selves”” Review article of
  • Kushner Howard I. A Cursing Brain, The Histories of Tourette Syndrome, available at the METAPSYCHOLOGY website
  • 36. Review article of Faces of intention by Michael E. Bratman, ibidem
  • 37. “Un Esperimento mentale: la stanza cinese di Searle” ANNUARIO DI FILOSOFIA, 1998-1999, Milano: Cortina, 2000 *
  • 38. “Il rito e il mito”(on the rift between continental and analytical philosophy) submitted for publication
  • 39. On Chomskyan semantics, in Cahiers du CREA, 2000 *
  • 40. Review article of Lawrence Goldstein’s Queer and Clear Thinking (available at the websites of METAPSYCHOLOGY)
  • 41. Review article of The Linguistic turn in hermeneutic philosophy ( available on the webiste of, 2001
  • 42. Review article of Noam A. Chomsky “On the Architecture of the Language faculty’ (Oxford and New Dehli) available on the website of LINGUIST.ORG
  • 43. Review article of On animal Minds (by D. Griffin), available at the websites of METAPSYCHOLOGY
  • 44. Review article and discussion of On Complex Demonstratives, by J. King, in STUDIA LOGICA, 2001-2002
  • 45. Review article of The View from Within, First-person approaches to the study of consciousness, edited by Francisco J. Varela and Jonathan Shear, at the websites of METAPSYCHOLOGY, 2002
  • 45. On Gennaro Auletta on representations, Intellectica, 2003, 36-37, pp. 397-399 *
  • 47. This is not a paper, A survey of work on indexicality, in S.B. Gironde, (editor), Paris, 2004 *
  • 48. Review article of electronic text at the URL of Metapsychology, 2002 Unsanctifying Human Life, by Peter Singer; edited by Helga Kuhse, Malden, Mass: 2002,
  • 49. Review article (and discussion) of John R. Perry, Knowledge, Possibility and Consciousness. Cambridge, MA.:MIT, 2001
  • 50. Rev: NOZICK, ed. Schmitz, available on the website of
  • 51. Rev. Aaron Ben-Ze’ev The Subtlety of Emotions, in the Journal of Consciousness Studies, 2004
  • 52. “Around Indexicals”, Jerusalem 2004, (IYYUN publisher) *
  • 53. “On automaticity in language” 2004, in Language Sciences, special issue devoted to interactional linguistics, general editor Nigel Love, special guest editor of the issue Dr. David Spurrett *
  • 54.Chapter “Demonstratifs complexes et référence directe” (in French) part of the book Les Formes de l’indexicalité, Langage et
  • pensée en contexte , ed. By Sacha Bourgeois-Gironde, Paris, Editions Rue d’Ulm, 2005 *
  • 55.On Kenneth Taylor, Reference and the Rational Mind, now available on the website of METAPSYCHOLOGY
  • 56.On Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, unpublished MS
  • 57. CASTAÑEDA AND HIS GUISES, introduced, edited and with a contribution by Adriano Palma, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, 2014

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

Masters Supervisions

Thesis work (directed)

  • Masters in Philosophy. Thesis by Ms. Asli Guner (on Donald Davidson theories of interpretation)
  • Master Thesis by Mr. D. Tsay (On Grecian theories of entailment and implicature)