Chiara Brozzo


  • Assistant Professor in Philosophy and Psychology, Philosophy

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I’ll be glad to supervise doctoral dissertations in a variety of areas in the philosophy of cognitive science, philosophy of psychiatry and aesthetics. I welcome enquiries from potential PhD students about specific topics in these subjects.


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Personal profile


I joined the University of Birmingham in 2023 as an Assistant Professor, with a focus in Philosophy of Psychology and Psychiatry. Before that, I held research and teaching positions in Tübingen (Germany), Antwerp (Belgium), Durham (United Kingdom) and Barcelona (Spain). I obtained my PhD at the University of Milan in 2013 and my Master of Mathematics and Philosophy at the University of Oxford in 2009.

Research interests

In philosophy of cognitive science, I am interested in the drivers of action, with a focus on intentions (their role in action production as well as in social cognition), on beliefs that are very central to one’s self-conception (and in transformative experiences as a way of acquiring or losing them), and on subtle factors shaping our actions such as sense of commitment or habit. I have written and co-authored work in topics including the relationship between intentions and motor representations in action production, the ascription of intentions in social cognition, and the role of sense of commitment in social media interactions. In aesthetics, I work mainly on issues concerning design. I have written about the aesthetic appreciation of perfumes, and I have defended the idea that some perfumes are works of art.


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