IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor Roberto Poli, University of Trento, Italy

Roberto Poli1 February - 31 March 2015

Roberto Poli (PhD Utrecht) is Research Professor at the University of Trento (Italy). Poli has been awarded the UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems, is fellow of WAAS—World Academy of Art and Science, and STIAS—Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study. Poli is editor-in-chief of Axiomathes (Springer), and editor of the series Categories (De Gruyter); he is member of the editorial board of the journals Futures, European Journal of Futures Research, Balkan Journal of Philosophy, Cognitive Semiotics, and Meinong Studies. Poli is elected President of the Nicolai Hartmann Society (2010-2014).

Poli coordinates the Department’s research group eVita-Età della vita (Ages of life) and is President of the B.A. program in social work (2013-2015).

His research interests include (1) anticipatory systems, i.e. systems able to take decisions according to their possible future development; (2) ontology, in both its traditional philosophical understanding and the new, computer-oriented, understanding; (3) the theory of values and the concept of person.

Poli has published five books, edited or co-edited more than 20 books or journal Special Issues and published more than 150 scientific papers. Details from the website (http://www.unitn.it/biblioteca/13608/catalogo-produzione-scientifica-u-gov). Poli teaches Social Foresight, Applied Ethics, and Philosophy at the Department of Sociology and social research of the University of Trento.


For further information regarding Professor Poli's visit, please contact Professor Keri Facer.