Tito Magri

Università degli Studi di Roma 'La Sapienza'

Practical sense: a study of action and mind


Tito Magri was born in Rome in 1948. Although raised as a philosopher in the turmoil of the Italian post-1968 academy, he was sheltered from the worst effects of that time and place by an enlightened, skeptical Marxist teacher, Lucio Colletti. Beginning his career as a political philosopher and an historian of ideas, he studied for some years the foundations of modern political philosophy in the thought of Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau.
This experience brought him into contact with analytic philosophy, which has been since the early eighties the only form of philosophical activity he can really take an interest in. He has worked on the foundations of contractarianism, on practical rationality, on the philosophy of emotions and (with exclusively analytic concerns) on the philosophy of David Hume.
He is currently completing a book-length work on the conceptual and normative content of action, and eyeing a monograph on Hume's theory of imagination. He is married and has two daughters.