Fabio Ceravolo

Fabio Ceravolo


Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science.

I completed my PhD at Leeds in November 2018.
In 2014 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 (elementary), Latin/ancient Greek (reading and translation).

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


Research interests

At Leeds I worked under Professor Steven French and Professor J.R.G. Williams' supervision on the naturalised metaphysics of mereology and the analysis of parthood and composition relations. My aim was to reveal physical notions of material structure that, while governed by non-canonical principles, had the potential to qualify as genuine types of composition. The final output took somewhat of a meta-theoretic twist and also discussed the plausibility of treating these non-canonical, physics-specific relations as relations of a genuinely mereological type, as opposed to relations of internal structure merely similar to their mereological cousins. Finally, it argued that the portrayal of these relations as genuinely mereological does not cancel out instances of canonical mereological relations, such as those in the scope of first-order metaphysics, from accounts of basic physical ontology.

Further interest include metaphysical and scientific explanation, the metaphysics of structural realism, of entangled states (and of quantum mechanics more generally), of emergent properties.

Research groups and institutes

  • Philosophy
  • History and Philosophy of Science