Dr. Elvira Di Bona

Areas of specialization:

Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Perception, Aesthetics

Areas of competence:

Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Cognitive Sciences, Philosophy of Art, History of Analytic Philosophy, Early Modern Philosophy


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., 2018. Il suono. L’esperienza uditiva e i suoni oggetti. [Sound: The Auditory Experience and Its Objects] Milan: Raffaello Cortina Editore (with Vincenzo Santarcangelo)

Journal articles

Di Bona, E. and Ercolino, S. 2019. “Musil in a Loop: the Other Condition and the Extended Mind”, Philosophy and Literature, Special Issue of Rivista di Estetica, eds. C. Barbero and M. Latini, vol. 70, 49-59.

Di Bona, E., 2018. “A Comparison between Musical and Ordinary Auditory Scene Analysis”, Sistemi Intelligenti, 3, 527-542.

Di Bona, E., 2018. “The Spatial Experience of Musical Sources: Two Case Studies”, Phenomenlogy and Mind, 14, 180-187.

Di Bona, E., 2017. “Towards a Rich View of Auditory Experience,” Philosophical Studies. 174 (11), 2629-2643.

Di Bona, E., 2017. “Listening to the Space of Music,” The Auditory Object, Special Issue of Rivista di Estetica, eds. E. Di Bona and V. Santarcangelo, 66 (3/2017), 93-105.

Di Bona, E., 2017. “The Nature of the Auditory Object and its Specific Status as an Object of Perception,” The Auditory Object, Special Issue of Rivista di Estetica, eds. E. Di Bona and V. Santarcangelo, 66 (3/2017), 3-7 (with Vincenzo Santarcangelo)

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., 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), 462-466.

Book chapters (peer reviewed)

Di Bona, E., “Sonic Methodology in Philosophy”. In: M. Bull and M. Cobussen, eds., Bloomsbury Handbook of Sonic Methodologies. London: Bloomsbury (forthcoming).

Di Bona, E., 2019. “Sounds and Auditory Perception”. In: D. Pritchard eds., Oxford Bibliographies in Philosophy Series, New York: Oxford University Press, 1-12 (published on-line).

Di Bona, E., 2019. “Why Space Matters to an Understanding of Sound”. In: T. Cheng, O. Deroy and C. Spence, eds., Spatial Senses: Philosophy of Perception in an Age of Science. New York: Routledge, 108 124.

Di Bona, E., 2019 “The Emotional Accounts of Musical Experience and Musical Object. On the Relationship between Music and Emotion”. In: P. Gouk, J. Kennaway, J. Prins and W. Thormählen, eds., Routledge Companion to Music, Mind and Wellbeing: Historical and Scientific Perspectives. New York: Routledge, 165-178.

Di Bona, E., 2014. “The Method of Contrast and the Perception of Causality in Audition”. In:  F. Bacchini, S. Caputo and M. Dell’Utri, eds., New Advances in Causation, Agency, and Moral Responsibility. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 79-93.

Edited special issues

Di Bona, E. and Santarcangelo, V., 2017. “The Auditory Object”, Special Issue of Rivista di Estetica, 3, 66 (3/2017), LVII.


Dennett, D., 2012. “The Evolution of Why,” La Rivista di Filosofia. Eds. E. Di Bona and S.Gozzano, 103 (2), 185-200.