Elisa Magrì

Academic Degree:
Professional Category:
Senior Research Fellow

Research Group: HPhil

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I am currently a Senior Research Fellow funded by the Humboldt Foundation at the University of Cologne and an honorary Associate Member of the CFUL at the University of Lisbon,  leading a project on The Architecture of Social Sensitivity. My research is concerned with the roles of habit, attention, and attitude in empathy, and it mostly draws on contemporary phenomenological philosophy. I believe that empathy is not exclusively concerned with the perception of other minds but it crucially involves sensitivity to salient elements of the other’s perspective and situation. I am currently working on the interplay between attentiveness and dispositions as well as on the role of habit in the constitution of empathic attitudes. One of the main outputs of my project is to uncover the ethical implications of empathy with particular regard to the relation between empathy and respect

Selected Publications


Empathy, Sociality, and Personhood: Essays on Edith Stein’s Phenomenological Investigations, Dordrecht, Springer, 2018. (ed. with Dermot Moran)

Hegel e la genesi del concetto: Autoriferimento, memoria, incarnazione, Verifiche: Trento 2017.

Hegel e la fenomenologia trascendentale, Pisa, 2015.



Empathy, Respect, and VulnerabilityInternational Journal of Philosophical Studies, 2019, DOI: 10.1080/09672559.2019.1587260

An Inquiry on Radical Empathy and the Phenomenological Reduction in Sartre and Merleau-PontyContinental Philosophy Review, 2018, DOI: 10.1007/s11007-018-9445-9

Emotion, Motivation, and Character. A Phenomenological Perspective. Husserl-Studies, 2018, DOI: 10.1007/s10743-017-9221-4

Stein and the ‘Rainbow of Emotions’. The New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy ed. by R. Parker and I. Quepons, vol. 16, 2018.


Book chapters:

Hegel, Merleau-Ponty, and the Paradox of Expression, in Hegel and Phenomenology, Springer 2019 [accepted, forthcoming].

Introduction. Empathy, Sociality, and Personhoodco-authored with Dermot Moran, in Empathy, Sociality, and Personhood. Essays on Edith Stein’s Phenomenological Investigations, Dordrecht, Springer 2018.

Zweite Natur und Sittlichkeit. Über Hegels Auffassung von Inhabitanz, in Objektiver und absoluter Geist nach Hegel: Kunst, Religion und Philosophie innerhalb- und außerhalb von Gesellschaft und Geschichte, ed. By T. Oehl and A. Kok, Leiden: Brill 2018.

The Place of Habit in Hegel’s Psychology, in Hegel’s Philosophical Psychology, ed. by Susanne Herrmann-Sinai and Lucia Ziglioli, Routledge, London-New York 2016.