About Federica Malfatti

Federica I. Malfatti graduated in Philosophy at the University of Pavia, Italy, in 2013.  She spent research periods at the University of Mainz (2012), at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2011) and at the University of Heidelberg (2014). She was a DAAD fellow at the University of Cologne in 2017, and she worked as research assistant of Catherine Z. Elgin at Harvard during the sprint term 2019. She obtained her PhD at the University of Innsbruck in 2020, with a doctoral thesis entitled “Verstehen verstehen” (Understanding understanding). Currently, she holds a position as research and teaching assistant (Universitätsassistentin) within the Doctoral Research Group “Philosophy of Religion” at the Department for Christian Philosophy of the University of Innsbruck.

Her research interests lie at the intersection between Epistemology and Philosophy of Science. During her PhD she has been working extensively on understanding, specifically on the relation between understanding and truth and on the social dimension of understanding. In the upcoming years, she plans to explore the nature of the abilities involved in understanding and to work on epistemic autonomy, trust, and expertise.

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