Federica Berdini

I obtained my PhD at the University of Bologna under the supervision of Professor Carla Bagnoli. During my doctoral studies, I was a visiting fellow at Harvard University and the University of Vienna. Since completing my PhD, I have been a part-time lecturer at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University and a postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of Practical Philosophy and Ethics at the LMU, Munich. I have also been a visiting scholar at the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo.

My research focuses on human agency and its societal and interpersonal recognition and attribution, and brings together ethics, philosophical and moral psychology, as well as feminist and social philosophy.

At CRÉ and GRIN – and under the cosupervision of Christine Tappolet (UdeM) and Katharina Nieswandt (Concordia) -, I will develop a philosophical theory of coping that keeps ethics at its core. Grounded in the philosophy of action, my theory will address how agency is maintained in times of emotional and psychological trial – i.e., while coping. My aim is twofold: First, to provide an empirically-informed philosophical theory of coping while interrogating the normative assumptions embedded in the psychological literature. Second, I will investigate the ethical aspects of situations involving a coping agent, thereby providing a principled approach to determining what, in these situations, should be the loci of change (either in the agent herself or in her environment) and who the agent(s) responsible for such change should be. This normative inquiry is especially important since placing the responsibility for coping solely on an agent while leaving the unjust conditions that might have produced the need to cope unchallenged and unchanged, could amount to wronging her.