Professor Alessandra Tanesini

Professor Alessandra Tanesini


School of English, Communication and Philosophy

+44 (0)29 2087 5663
1.47, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Available for postgraduate supervision

I am part of the School's Philosophy research group.

I did my undergraduate work at Bologna University (Italy) and gained my PhD on Quine at the University of Hull (UK). In the meantime I studied and taught for a couple of years at Syracuse University (US) before coming to Cardiff in 1992. 

In 1996 I was a Visiting Senior Lecturer in School of Philosophy (General Philosophy) at the University of Sydney, and in 1997 I was Visiting Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at Georgetown University (US).

Teaching interests

  • formal logic
  • epistemology
  • philosophy of feminism
  • philosophy of mind and language

In 2018 I am on reseach leave. This is made possible by a Fellowship of the Leverhulme Trust.

My current work lies at the intersection of ethics, the philosophy of language, and epistemology and focuses on epistemic vice, silencing, prejudice and ignorance. I am currently a co-PI on a two-year multidisciplinary research project Changing Attitudes in Public Discourse which is dedicated to reducing arrogance in debate.

Previously I have published on a range of issues and topics in epistemology (especially feminist and social epistemology) and in the philosophy of language (especially theories of truth in both analytic and continental philosophy). I am the author of two monographs (one in feminist epistemology and the other on Wittgenstein) and of a reference work in the philosophy of language. I have published numerous articles in peer-refereed journals and collections on a variety of topics including: Nietzsche on truth, the role of emotions in epistemology, temporal externalism about meaning, and the debate over essentialism in feminism.

Research interests

  • virtue epistemology
  • social epistemology
  • feminism
  • philosophy of mind and language
  • Wittgenstein

Current supervision

Timothy Kjeldsen

Research student