Hello, my name is Giulia Pravato. I completed my PhD in philosophy at the University of Barcelona (LOGOS) and at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, in March 2016. My supervisor was Max Kölbel (University of Barcelona). My examiners were Manuel García-Carpintero (University of Barcelona), Matt Bedke (University of British Columbia), Matti Eklund (University of Uppsala) and Andrea Iacona (University of Turin).
My dissertation ("The Meaning and Use of Normative Language") develops and defends a view, that I call Trivial Descriptivism, according to which substantively normative uses of words like "good", "right" and "ought" (e.g. moral ones) are irresolvable vague: any single case of application is like a borderline case for a vague term, in that the meaning-fixing facts (use, intentions, conventions, causal connections, reference magnets, etc.), together with the non-linguistic facts, fail to determine a truth-value for the target sentence in context. (See here for a more detailed description of my dissertation).
My research is mainly in philosophy of language, meta-ethics and, more broadly, meta-normativity. In addition, I have some secondary interests in philosophical methodology, meta-ontology, and in the philosophy of science.