Anna Boncompagni

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Associate Professor, Philosophy
School of Humanities
Ph.D., University of Rome III, Italy, 2014, Philosophy and Theory of Humanities
M.A., University of Florence, Italy, 2010, Theoretical Philosophy
M.A., University of Siena, Italy, 1998, Communication Sciences
University of California, Irvine
75 Humanities Instructional Building
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Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Social Epistemology, Feminist Epistemology, Wittgenstein, American Pragmatism
UCI Chancellor's ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellow, 2018-2019
Research Abstract
My research focuses on social epistemology. I am working on the nature of prejudice and stereotypes, which I investigate through the lenses of the later Wittgenstein’s thought. Within this area, I am currently interested in hermeneutical injustice, linguistic change, and conceptual change, especially in relation to LGBTQ individuals and communities.
My latest book is on Wittgenstein's notion of forms of life (Cambridge University Press, 2022).
I have worked extensively also on pragmatism, particularly on Charles S. Peirce, William James, and Frank P. Ramsey.
(3) Wittgenstein on Forms of Life. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2022
(2) Wittgenstein and Pragmatism. On Certainty in the Light of Peirce and James. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
(1) Wittgenstein. Lo sguardo e il limite. Milan: Mimesis, 2012

Edited Works
(2) Pragmatism Today, IX (2), 2018, Special issue: “The Varieties of Immediate Experience. Between Wittgenstein and Pragmatism”, co-edited with Roberta Dreon.
(1) Philosophical Inquiries, V (2): 57-148, 2017, Focus: “Practicing William James”.

Articles and Book Chapters
(Work in progress) Paper on forms of injustice.
(Work in progress) Paper on pragmatism and conceptual change.
(Work in progress) Paper on Feminist epistemology and Wittgenstein.
(Forthcoming) “Sraffa, Piccoli, and Wittgenstein’s 1931 remarks on gestures. A reassessment”, in 100 Years of Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus — 70 Years after Wittgenstein’s Death. A Critical Assessment, Proceedings of the 44th International Wittgenstein Symposium, De Gruyter, Berlin.
(33) "Hermeneutical Injustice and Bisexuality: Toward New Conceptual Tools", Hypatia, 1-18 (early view), 2024.
(32) “Between Captivity and Liberation: The Role of Pictures in Wittgenstein”, in Wittgensteinian Exercises. Aesthetic and Ethical Transformations, ed. L. Guidi, Paderborn: Fink/Brill, 2023.
(31) Forms of Life and Linguistic Change: The Case of Trans Communities", Philosophies, 2023, 8(3), 50;
(30) “Wrong Hinges”, in Perspectives on Moral Certainty, eds. C. Eriksen, J. Hermann, N. O’Hara and N. Pleasants, London: Routledge, 2023
(29) “Religious Hinges: Some Historical Precursors”, Topoi, 41 (5): 955–965, 2022
(28) “Sense and Common Sense in William James", in The Jamesian Mind, edited by Sarin Marchetti, London: Routledge, 2021
(27) "Prejudice in Testimonial Justification: A Hinge Account", Episteme, 1–18, 2021
(26) "LGBTQ Identities and Hermeneutical Injustice at the Border", Humana.Mente Journal of Philosophical Studies, 14(39): 151-174, 2021
(25) "Enactivism and Normativity. The Case of Aesthetic Gestures", The Journal for the Philosophy of Language, Mind and the Arts, I (2), 2020
(24) “On Contexts, Hinges, and Impossible Mistakes” (Critical Notice on N. Venturinha’s Description of Situations), Logos & Episteme, XI (4), 2020
(23) “Relativism and Pragmatism”, in The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Relativism, edited by Martin Kusch, London: Routledge, 2019
(22) “Hinges, Prejudices and Radical Doubters”, Wittgenstein-Studien, Internationales Jahrbuch für Wittgenstein-Forschung, 10 (1): 165-181, 2019
(21) “William James and Wittgenstein”, in Klein, A. ed. The Oxford Handbook of William James, Oxford: Oxford University Press (published online Jan 2019, hardback in print).
(20) “Wittgenstein’s Pragmatism? Some Notes on Cheryl Misak’s Reading”, Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, 54 (2): 368-377, 2018
(19) “Wittgenstein on Meaning, Use and Linguistic Commitment”, in D.G. Stern, ed. Wittgenstein in the 1930s: Between the Tractatus and the Investigations, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018
(18) “Immediacy and Experience in Wittgenstein’s Notion of ‘Imponderable Evidence’”, Pragmatism Today, IX (2): 94-106, 2018
(17) Introduction to the Special Issue “The Varieties of Immediate Experience”, Pragmatism Today, IX (2): 5-8, 2018 (co-authored with Roberta Dreon)
(16) “Common Sense, Philosophy, and Mental Disturbance: A Wittgensteinian Outlook”, in J. Gonçalves, I.V. Hipólito and J. Pereira, eds. Schizophrenia and Common Sense. Explaining the Relation between Madness and Social Values, London: Springer Nature, 2018
(15) “Wittgenstein and Pragmatism: A Neglected Remark in Manuscript 107”, in Baghramian, M. and Marchetti, S., eds. Pragmatism and the European Traditions: Encounters with Analytic Philosophy and Phenomenology before the Great Divide, London: Routledge, 2017
(14) “The ‘Middle’ Wittgenstein (and the ‘Later’ Ramsey) on the Pragmatist Conception of Truth”, in Misak, Cheryl, and Price, Huw, eds. The Practical Turn: Pragmatism in Britain in the Long 20th Century, Oxford: Oxford University Press, Proceedings of the British Academy Series, 2017
(13) “Religious Experience, Psychology, and Healing in a Pragmatist Perspective. Introduction to the Focus ‘Practicing William James’”, Philosophical Inquiries, V (2): 57-62, 2017
(12) “‘I’ll Show you Something We Humans Do’. Facts of Life in Wittgenstein and Peirce”. Paradigmi. Rivista di Filosofia, XXXIV (3): 51-65, 2016
(11) “Elucidating Forms of Life. The Evolution of a Philosophical Tool”, in Nordic Wittgenstein Review, (S.I.): 155-175, 2015
(10) “Parole che ‘ingranano’. Le radici pragmatiste di un concetto wittgensteiniano”, in Oliverio, S., Santarelli, M. and Striano, M., eds. Nuovi usi per vecchi concetti. Contributi per la filosofia e le scienze sociali, Milan: Mimesis, 2015
(9) “Il naturalismo esteso di Sidney Hook e Morton White”, in Calcaterra, R. M., Maddalena, G. and Marchetti, G. eds. Pragmatismo. Dalle origini agli sviluppi contemporanei, Rome: Carocci, 2015
(8) “From Wheels Turning Idly to Meaning as Use. Pragmatist Tendencies in the ‘Middle’ Wittgenstein”, in Realism, Relativism, Constructivism. Contributions of the 38th International Wittgenstein Symposium (pre-proceedings), Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, 2015
(7) “On Trying to Say What ‘Goes without Saying’. Wittgenstein on Certainty and Ineffability”, Ricerche di Pedagogia e Didattica – Journal of Theories and Research in Education, IX (1): 51-68, 2014
(6) “‘Le mie proposizioni illustrano così’. Scrittura e Mistico in Wittgenstein”, in Bazzani, F., Lanfredini, R. and Vitale, S. eds. Scrivere di Dio, Florence: Clinamen, 2014
(5) “Enactivism and the ‘Explanatory Trap’. A Wittgensteinian Perspective”, Methode - Analytic Perspectives, II (2): 27-49, 2013
(4) “The ‘Pragmatic Maxim’ in Wittgenstein’s On Certainty”, in Mind, Language and Action. Papers of the 36th International Wittgenstein Symposium (pre-proceedings), Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, 2013
(3) “Streams and River-Beds. James’ Stream of Thought in Wittgenstein’s Manuscripts 165 and 129”, European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy, IV (2): 36-53, 2012
(2) “‘The Mother-Tongue of Thought’. James and Wittgenstein on Common Sense”, Cognitio. Revista de Filosofia (São Paulo, Brazil), XIII (1): 37-59, 2012
(1) “From the Ground to the Background. Forms of Life as ‘the Given’ in Wittgenstein”, L&PS – Logic and Philosophy of Science, IX (1): 451-460, 2011

(1) “Let Me Tell You a Story: Heroes and Events of Pragmatism. Interview with Hilary Putnam”, co-authored with Michela Bella, European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy, VII (1): 230-238, 2015

Book Reviews
(7) Review of Wittgenstein, Scepticism and Naturalism. Essays on the Later Philosophy, by Marie McGinn; International Journal for the Study of Skepticism, 1-7, 2023
(6) Review of Wittgenstein and Scientism, by J. Beale and I.J. Kidd (eds.); Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, July 2018
(5) Review of Wittgenstein, l’estetica e le arti, by E. Caldarola, D. Quattrocchi and G. Tomasi (eds.); Aphex – Portale italiano di filosofia analitica, Issue 10/2014
(4) Review of Shifting Ground. Knowledge and Reality, Transgression and Trustworthiness, by Naomi Scheman; Humana.Mente Journal of Philosophical Studies, Issue 22/2012.
(3) Review of New Perspectives on Pragmatism and Analytic Philosophy, by Rosa M. Calcaterra (ed.); European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy, III (2), 2011
(2) Review of Philosophical Delusion and its Therapy, by Eugen Fischer; Aphex – Portale italiano di filosofia analitica, Issue 4/2011
(1) Review of L’albero del Tractatus, by Luciano Bazzocchi; Humana.Mente - Journal of Philosophical Studies, Issue 18/2011
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