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CoAS Welcomes New Philosophy Professor

January 4, 2012

The College of Arts and Sciences is excited to welcome Dr. Flavia Padovani, the College’s newest tenure-track faculty member in the Department of English & Philosophy.

Flavia Padovani - Associate Professor, Department of English and PhilosophyDr. Flavia Padovani

Assistant Professor, Department of English & Philosophy

Hometown: Novazzano, Switzerland
Degree: Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Research Interests: The history and philosophy of science and technology, and the history of twentieth-century philosophy

Q: What did you do before coming to Drexel?
After obtaining my Ph.D., I spent one year as a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science in Pittsburgh, one year as a Postdoctoral and Teaching Fellow at UBC, Vancouver, and one year as a Visiting Fellow at the CPNSS, London School of Economics.

Q: Who inspires you?
The memory of my father, and in general the story of my family. It’s in part a story of emigration, and as such, a story of aspirations and struggles.

Q: What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
In terms of food, I guess chocolate and cheese. I am a typical Swiss in that respect!

Q: What is the most memorable class you took as an undergrad?
I did my undergrad studies at the University of Pavia (Italy). I took two memorable classes: one in Medieval Philosophy (on William of Ockham’s work), and one in the Philosophy of Science, centered around the figure of a little-known but most inspiring Italian philosopher, Giulio Preti (1911-1972). Both classes were taught by a brilliant Italian professor, Franco Alessio (1925-1999), with whom I wrote most of my master’s thesis. I will always owe a debt of gratitude to him, in particular, as he taught me how to study philosophy. I chose my topic of research after attending his classes, and I certainly wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for his teaching.

Q: What made you want to become a professor?
Since I was a child, my parents have been insisting on the importance of education in shaping and improving people’s lives. I have two sisters and one brother. I guess this is the reason why the three of us became professors after all!

Q: What’s one thing every student who plans on taking one of your classes should know about you?
That I will be actively engaged in the process of teaching and so, likewise, I would like students to be actively engaged in the process of learning.

Q: What do you hope to add to the CoAS community?
Given the interdisciplinary nature of my interests, I hope to develop collaborations with colleagues from other departments and universities in Philadelphia, especially with the science and technology studies community.