I work at the University of Milan, where I am Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Philosophy Department and Teaching Associate in the Cognitive Sciences and Decision Making MA Program at the Faculty of Medicine. Before, I worked at Bar-Ilan University, at the University of Antwerp Centre for Philosophical Psychology, and at the University of Nottingham, from which I also received my PhD in 2015.
My research is mostly in the philosophy of mind and cognitive sciences, with a focus on the nature and workings of human imagination. I have written about how what we imagine informs our view of the world and practical interactions with it – exploring imaginations’ role in superstitious, religious, and political thinking. I am also interested in aesthetics, notably in the cognitive underpinnings of our engagement with works of art (my last book, in Italian, has just been published by Raffaello Cortina Editore; you can find some of my articles in English here: https://unimi.academia.edu/AnnaIchino).
My love for philosophy yokes together with my belief in its high social value for a healthy democracy. This is why, together with my colleagues in Milan, I am working at the exciting project of building a Philosophy Museum – a public and highly interactive space where philosophy becomes accessible to a wide audience in fun and engaging ways (you can read more about the project here: https://dailynous.com/2020/01/21/philosophy-museum-guest-post-anna-ichino/).