Ciclo: 32
Curriculum/Indirizzo: Epistemologico
Convenzione: CSP

Tutor: Vignolo Massimiliano
Supervisor: Vignolo Massimiliano


Progetto: The Metaphysics of Words


Philosophy of Language: I am mainly interested in the boundaries between semantics and pragmatics, lexical semantics and proper names.
Metaphysics: More particularly, I focus on theories of word identity and type-token models.


2016–present  University of Genoa, Italy and University of Nottingham, UK.

Ph.D. Program. Supervisor: Professor Massimiliano Vignolo. Areas of research: Metaphysics of words and Philosophy of language.                                                                                                                                      Study period abroad: Visiting student at the University of Nottingham, under the supervision of Professor Stefano Predelli.

2014-2016 University of Pisa, Italy.

Master of Philosophy.Thesis: "Words in Context. A general analysis of meaning variation". Dissertation mark: 110/110 cum laude. Supervisors: Professor Franz Berto and Dottor Carlo Marletti.
Study period abroad: Visiting student at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), University of Amsterdam, under the supervision of Professor Franz Berto.

2010-2014 University of Pisa, Italy

Bachelor of Philosophy. Thesis: "Il linguaggio dell’arte e l’arte del linguaggio. Emilio Garroni tra estetica e semiotica". Dissertation mark: 110/110 cum laude. Supervisor: Professor Leonardo Amoroso.


Paris, June 2017 - Workshop on Contexts in Philosophy co-located within the 10th International Conference on Modelling and Using Contexts (CONTEXT 2017). Title of the talk: Ontology-Based Semantics.

Genoa, May 2018 - Seminar with Borg and Predelli. Title of the talk: Intensions and words.

Modena, September 2018 - Collegio San Carlo, Convegno dottorati italiani. Title of the talk: Toward a pluralistic account of word individuation.



  • Balletta, S. (2015). Emilio Garroni tra linguistica, estetica e semiotica. In: P. Leonardi (a cura di), La filosofia del linguaggio in Italia. “Rivista Italiana di Filosofia del Linguaggio”, 9.1 (2015). ISSN: 2036-6728
  • Balletta, S. (2015). Imre Lakatos e il problema della demarcazione. In: “Rivista di scienza e filosofia”, 14 (2015). ISSN: 2036-2927
  • Balletta, S. (2017). Ontology Based Semantics. In: CEUR Proceedings Vol-1845: Contexts in Philosophy. ISSN: 1613-0073.
  • Balletta, S. (2019). The metaphysics of words. In: "Theoria", 85 (1),, ISSN: 1755-2567
  • Under Review: Do we really create our words? (Philosophical Studies)
  • Under Review: The role of instantiating procedures in the metaphysics of languege (Acta Analytica)
  • Under Review: Predication and congnitive context (Ratio) (with F. Domaneschi) 
  • Work in Progress: Pluralism about word identity (with L. Gasparri)


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