Luca Moretti


I'm a Reader at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Aberdeen, a Visiting Professor at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, a member of the Research Group From Perception to Belief and Back Again of the University of Bochum (Germany), and a faculty member of the Doctoral Programme of FINO (North-Western Italian Philosophy Consortium).

My current areas of investigation are general epistemology, social epistemology and philosophy of education. I'm moving towards social ontology and critical theory. In the past I did research in metaphysics and philosophical logic.


I graduated with an MLitt in Logic & Metaphysics from St Andrews in 1998 and with a PhD in Philosophy from King's College London in 2003.


After my graduation with a PhD, I had teaching positions at University College London and King's College London. I also did research in formal epistemology at the Zukunftskolleg of the University of Konstanz (Germany) and research in metaphysics and philosophical logic at the Centre for Time of the University of Sydney.


My first Lectureship was at La Trobe University (Melbourne), which I left for Aberdeen in 2009. I was a member of the steering committee of the Northern Institute of Philosophy at Aberdeen till March 2013. I have been a Visiting Professor at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy since August 2014.


Forthcoming and recent publications


Moretti, Luca and Tommaso Piazza (2023). "Epistemologia" ("Epistemology"). In T. Andina and G. Fracchia (eds), Filosofia Contemporanea (Contemporary Philosophy) (pp. 63-99). Roma: Carrocci

McCain, Kevin and Luca Moretti (2023). “Phenomenal explanationism and the look of things”. In K. McCain, S. Stapleford and M. Steup (eds), Seemings: New Angles, New Arguments (pp. 217-232). New York: Routledge.

Moretti, Luca and Crispin Wright (2023). "Epistemic Entitlement, Epistemic Risk and Leaching". Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 106(3): 566-580.

McCain, Kevin and Luca Moretti (2021). Appearance and Explanation: Phenomenal Explanationism in Epistemology. Oxford: OUP.

“In this carefully argued book, McCain and Moretti present an attractive theory with rich resources for tackling not only the problems besetting phenomenal conservatism but epistemology more broadly, from the problem of how immediate justification is possible to the perennial challenge of how to reply to the skeptic. It is a ‘must read’ for anyone working in epistemology.”

                                                   Matthew McGrath, Washington University at St. Louis

         “A compelling and comprehensive account of the nature and epistemic role of
         appearances. Highly recommended.”

                                                                    Declan Smithies, Ohio State University

         See Calb Estep's book review in Review of Metaphysics.

Moretti, Luca and Nikolaj Pedersen (editors) (2021). Non-Evidentialist Epistemology. Contributors: N. Ashton, A. Coliva, J. Kim, K. McCain, A. Meylan, L. Moretti, S. Moruzzi, J. Ohlorst, N. Pedersen, T. Piazza, L. Zanetti. Leiden: Brill.

         See Drew Johnson's book review in International Journal for the Study of Skepticism.

Pedersen, Nikolaj and Luca Moretti (2021). “Non-Evidentialist Epistemology: Introduction and Overview” in L. Moretti and N. Pedersen (eds), Non-Evidentialist epistemology (pp. 1-24). Leiden: Brill.

Moretti, Luca (2021). “Problems for Wright’s entitlement theory. In L. Moretti and N. Pedersen (eds), Non-Evidentialist Epistemology (pp. 121-138). Leiden: Brill.

Moretti, Luca (2021). “Entitlement, epistemic risk and scepticism“. Episteme 18(4): 576-586.

Moretti, Luca, Hartl, Peter and Akos Gyarmathy (2021). “The value of truth: introduction to the topical collection”. Synthese 199(1), pp. 1453-1460.

Moretti, Luca, Hartl, Peter and Akos Gyarmathy (guest editors) (2020). Topical collection of Synthese on “The value of truth”. (Contributors: Joseph Bjelde, Anna-Maria Eder, Filippo Ferrari, Jim Hutchinson, Tihamér Margitay, Miriam McCormick, Kate Nolfi, Tommaso Piazza, Duncan Pritchard, Daniel Weissglass).

Moretti, Luca (2020). Seemings and Epistemic Justification: How Appearances Justify Beliefs. Cham: Springer.
You can download Contents, Ch 1, Ch 2, Ch 3, Ch 4, Ch 5, Ch 6.

Marabini, Alessia and Luca Moretti (2020). “Goldman and Siegel on the epistemic aims of education“. Journal of Philosophy of Education 54(3): 492-506.

Moretti, Luca and Tommaso Piazza (2019). “The many ways of the basing relation”. In A. Carter and P. Bondy (eds), Well Founded Belief: New Essays on the Epistemic Basing Relation (Ch. 4). London: Routledge.

Georgakakis, Christos and Luca Moretti (2019). "Cognitive penetrability of perception and epistemic justification". Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Moretti, Luca (2019). “Inferential seemings and the problem of reflective awareness”. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 49(2): 253-271.

Moretti, Luca and Tommaso Piazza (guest editors). Special issue of Synthese on "Defeaters in current epistemology", vol. 195(5) (2018). (Contributors: Carla Bagnoli, Berit Brogaard, Adam Carter, Albert Casullo, Kathrin Gluer-Pagin, Peter Graham, Kevin McCain, Matthew McGrath, Nikolaj Pedersen, Duncan Pritchard and Matthias Steup.)

Moretti, Luca and Tommaso Piazza (2018). "Defeaters in current epistemology: introduction to the special issue”. Synthese 195(7): 2845-2854.

Moretti, Luca (2018). “Phenomenal conservatism and the problem of reflective awareness”. American Philosophical Quarterly 55(3): 267-280.

Marabini, Alessia and Luca Moretti (2017). “Assessing concept possession as an explicit and social practice”. Journal of Philosophy of Education 51(4): 801-816.

Moretti, Luca and Tomoji Shogenji (2017). "Skepticism and epistemic closure: two Bayesian accounts". International Journal for the Study of Skepticism 7(1): 1-25.

Moretti, Luca (2017). “Ted Poston, Reason and Explanation: A Defense of Explanatory Coherentism. UK: Palgrave Macmillan (2014)”. Philosophical Quarterly 67(266): 204-206.

Moretti, Luca (2016). “Evidence of expert’s evidence is evidence”. Episteme 13(2): 209-218.

Moretti, Luca. (2016). “Tal and Comesaña on evidence of evidence”. The Reasoner  10(5): 38-39.

Moretti, Luca and Tommaso Piazza (2015). "Phenomenal conservatism and Bergmann's dilemma". Erkenntnis 80(6), pp. 2071-2090.


Moretti, Luca (2015). "Phenomenal conservatism". Analysis 75(2), pp. 296-309.


Moretti, Luca (2015). "Phenomenal conservatism". Oxford Bibliographies Online.

Moretti, Luca (2015). "In defence of dogmatism". Philosophical Studies 172(1), pp. 261-282.

Work in progress

Moretti, Luca and Alessia Marabini. The Betrayal of Education: The Failure of Competence-Based Learning and the Demand for Bildung (monograph).

McCain, Kevin and Luca Moretti. “Reflective awareness, phenomenal conservatism and phenomenal explanationism”.

Guli, Sandro and Luca Moretti. "Burman on telic power and deontic power".


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