eleonora viganò

Dr. Eleonora Viganò




I am a moral philosopher with a strong interest in the Neuroscience of Ethics.

I graduated in Philosophy at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan with a thesis on the misunderstanding in literature and the real identity of Adam Smith’s moral and economic agent.

I spent my PhD visiting period in the Department of Economics (Program in Neuroeconomics) at the University of Zurich (academic year 2014-2015).

I obtained my PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience and Philosophy of Mind at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University and University School for Advanced Studies IUSS Pavia (2016). My dissertation was on the relevance of Adam Smith’s concept of prudence for moral philosophy and neuroscience.

I was a Post-doc Researcher at Dirpolis, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, carrying out a research in collaboration with the Sant’Anna spin-off Veeco on the relationships between company values, corporate identity, and economic performance (2017-2018).

Currently, I am working at the Institute of Biomedical Ethics on a project funded by the Cogito Foundation on the scientific and philosophical understanding of the individual’s concern for and duties to her future self.


Research interests

  • Intrapersonal conflicts of values
  • Morality of prudence
  • Implications on moral philosophy of neuroscientific discoveries on decision-making
  • Company values and corporate identity
  • Adam Smith’s moral thought and agent