Dr. Elvira Di Bona

Areas of specialization:

Philosophy of Perception, Auditory Perception, Philosophy of Sound

Areas of competence:

Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology, Philosophy of Cognitive Sciences, Aesthetics, Music Theory



I obtained my Ph.D. in Philosophy and Cognitive Sciences at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University (Milan), and at the Institut Jean Nicod – École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris) in 2013. My dissertation was on auditory perception and the metaphysics of sound. During my Ph.D. course, I spent research periods at the New York University, as a Fulbright Scholar, and at the University of Sydney, as an ARIA (Association for Research between Italy and Australasia) Grantee. I published articles on pitch, the auditory perception of causation, sound and temporality.In 2014, I was awarded a Fellowship from the Italian Academy of Columbia University (NYC), and in 2015 I worked on a project on aesthetic normativity sponsored by the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) at the Freie Universität Berlin.

I started my work as a Polonsky Fellow at The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute in 2016. I shall develop a project on the admissible contents of auditory experience, which has been recently funded also by the Fondazione Franco e Marilisa Caligara at the University of Turin, Italy.

I completed the “High Specialization Course in Music Studies – Solo Violin Performance” at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia (Rome) in 2008. I performed in concerts of classical and jazz music—in solo performances and in chamber orchestras—in the U.S., the U.K., Italy, Germany, France, Romania, Croatia, and Venezuela. Starting from 2012, I am Artistic Director of “Voci dalla Montagna” [“Voices from the Mountains”], a festival of music and philosophy based in Pescasseroli (AQ, Italy). More than 70 international musicians, artists, philosophers and writers took part in the festival.


Di Bona, E., forthcoming. Towards a Rich View of Auditory Experience,” Philosophical Studies.

Di Bona, E., 2017. “On the Irreducibility of the Musical Object,” The Auditory Object, Special Issue of Rivista di Estetica, eds. E. Di Bona and V. Santarcangelo, 3, forthcoming.

Di Bona, E., 2015. “Narrative and Reflective Temporalities,” Narration and Reflection, Special Issue of Compar(a)ison: An International Journal of Comparative Literature, eds. S. Ercolino and Ch. Wampole, 33 (1-2), 49-62.

Di Bona, E., 2015. “The Method of Contrast and the Perception of Causality in Audition,” New Advances in Causation, Agency, and Moral Responsibility. Eds. F. Bacchini, et al., Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Di Bona, E., 2013. “Some Considerations on Pitch,” Phenomenology and Mind, 4, 244-54.

Casati, R., Di Bona, E., and Dokic, J. 2013. “The Ockhamization of the Event Sources of Sounds,” Analysis, 73 (3), 1-5.