Mario De Caro

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Mario De Caro (born 1963) is an Italian philosopher who teaches Moral Philosophy at the University of Rome III in Rome, Italy. Since 2000, he has also been teaching at Tufts University, where he is a regular Visiting Professor. He is interested in moral philosophy, the free-will controversy, theory of action, history of science, and Donald Davidson's and Hilary Putnam's philosophies. With David Macarthur [1] he has defended a metaphilosohical view called liberal naturalism, which is now widely discussed.[2][3]

He spent two years at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Visiting Graduate Student and one as a Fulbright Fellow at Harvard University.[4]

He is the editor of Interpretations and Causes: New Perspectives on Donald Davidson’s Philosophy[5] Naturalism in Question with David Macarthur [6] Cartographies of the Mind. Philosophy and Psychology in Intersection [7] Naturalism and Normativity (with David Macarthur),[8] and Philosophy in an Age of Science: Physics, Mathematics and Skepticism David Macarthur), and In Dialogue, two volumes of philosophical papers by Hilary Putnam by Harvard University Press, respectively in 2012 and forthcoming.

In Italian, he has written Dal punto di vista dell'interprete,[9] Il libero arbitrio,[10] Azione [11] and editedLa logica della libertà [12] Normatività, Fatti, Valori [13] Scetticismo. Storia di una vicenda filosofica [14] Siamo davvero liberi? Le neuroscienze e il mistero del libero arbitrio [15] and La filosofia analitica e le altre tradizioni [16]

He is a member of the editorial boards of The European Journal of Analytic Philosophy,[17] Iris[18] and Filosofia e questioni pubbliche [19] of the Advisory Panels of Linguistic and Philosophical Investigations,[20] Review of Contemporary Philosophy [21] and Analysis and Metaphysics.[22] He is a consultant of the Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Ensino Superior (Portugal).[23] He regularly contributes to the cultural pages of Il Sole 24 Ore, and wrote for the cultural sections of The Times, La Repubblica, and Il Manifesto.[24] He is a member of the Committee on Academic Career Opportunities and Placement[25] of the American Philosophical Association, and a former President of the Italian Society of Analytic Philosophy (2010–2012).

He has been invited to give lectures at Harvard, Princeton, Dartmouth, Tufts, Boston College, Indiana at Bloomington, Notre Dame, Saint Mary's College (Indiana), Case Western Reserve (Ohio), Colby College, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Paris "Jean-Nicod", Paris IV-Sorbonne, Heidelberg, Madrid Autonoma, Alta Scuola Pedagogica in Locarno, Bern, Bonn, Belgrad, and in more than 40 Italian universities.

He is one of the conductors and hosts of the television show Zettel, broadcast by RAI (the Italian national public service broadcaster), dedicated to philosophy.

The asteroid 5329 Decaro is named in his honor.[26]