Dr Chiara Brozzo MA, PhD

Department of Philosophy
Assistant Professor in Philosophy

Contact details

ERI Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I work primarily in philosophy of cognitive science (including philosophy of psychology, empirically-informed philosophy of action and philosophy of psychiatry) and in aesthetics. My research in philosophy of cognitive science is about how we get things done (or fail to do so), and one of the main questions I investigate is: what drives or motivates our actions? I am therefore interested in intentions, beliefs about one’s identity, transformative experiences, sense of commitment and habit.In aesthetics, I focus on issues concerning design, perfumes being one of my main case studies.


  • PhD in Philosophy (Università degli Studi di Milano, 2013)
  • Master of Mathematics and Philosophy (University of Oxford, 2009)


I joined the University of Birmingham in 2023 as an Assistant Professor, with a focus in Philosophy of Psychology and Psychiatry. Before that, I held research and teaching positions in Tübingen (Germany), Antwerp (Belgium), Durham (United Kingdom) and Barcelona (Spain). I obtained my PhD at the University of Milan in 2013 and my Master of Mathematics and Philosophy at the University of Oxford in 2009.


In 2023/24, I’ll be convening the undergraduate modules Reason and Belief and Philosophy of Mental Health, and I will contribute to the teaching of Problems of Philosophy.

Postgraduate supervision

I’ll be glad to supervise doctoral dissertations in a variety of areas in the philosophy of cognitive science, philosophy of psychiatry and aesthetics. I welcome enquiries from potential PhD students about specific topics in these subjects.

Find out more - our PhD Philosophy  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


In philosophy of cognitive science, I am interested in the drivers of action, with a focus on intentions (their role in action production as well as in social cognition), on beliefs that are very central to one’s self-conception (and in transformative experiences as a way of acquiring or losing them), and on subtle factors shaping our actions such as sense of commitment or habit. I have written and co-authored work in topics including the relationship between intentions and motor representations in action production, the ascription of intentions in social cognition, and the role of sense of commitment in social media interactions. In aesthetics, I work mainly on issues concerning design. I have written about the aesthetic appreciation of perfumes, and I have defended the idea that some perfumes are works of art.

Other activities

For more information you can visit my website.


Recent publications


Brozzo, C & Michael, J 2023, 'A Sense of Commitment to Activity on Facebook: Evidence from a Web-Based Paradigm', PLOS One, vol. 18, no. 4, e0271798. https://doi.org/0.1371/journal.pone.0271798

Brozzo, C 2022, 'Ascribing Proto-Intentions: Action Understanding as Minimal Mindreading', Croatian Journal of Philosophy, vol. 22, no. 66, pp. 371-387. https://doi.org/10.52685/cjp.22.66.6

Bonicalzi, S, Kulakova, E, Brozzo, C, Gilbert, S & Haggard, P 2022, 'The Dynamics of Responsibility Judgment: Joint Role of Dependence and Transference Causal Explanations', Philosophical Psychology, vol. 35, no. 6, pp. 911-939. https://doi.org/10.1080/09515089.2021.2021165

Brozzo, C 2021, 'A Role for Conscious Accessibility in Skilled Action', Review of Philosophy and Psychology, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 683-697. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13164-020-00516-3

Brozzo, C 2021, 'Against the Distinction between Intentions for the Future and Intentions for the Present', American Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 58, no. 4, pp. 333-346. https://doi.org/10.2307/48619318

Brozzo, C 2020, 'Are Some Perfumes Works of Art?', Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, vol. 78, no. 1, pp. 21-32.

Mölbert, S, Klein, L, Thaler, A, Mohler, B, Brozzo, C, Martus, P, Karnath, H-O, Zipfel, S & Giel, K 2017, 'Depictive and Metric Body Size Estimation in Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis', Clinical Psychology Review, vol. 57, pp. 21-31.

Brozzo, C 2017, 'Motor Intentions: How Intentions and Motor Representations Come Together', Mind & Language, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 231-256.

Blomberg, O & Brozzo, C 2017, 'Motor intentions and non-observational knowledge of action: A standard story', Thought: A Journal of Philosophy, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 137-146.

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Brozzo, C & Hamilton, A 2022, Art, Beauty and Morality. in S Panizza & M Hopwood (eds), The Murdochian Mind. 1st edn, Routledge, pp. 347-362. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003031222-30

Brozzo, C 2022, Perfumes and the Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature. in A Keller & B Young (eds), Theoretical Perspectives on Smell. 1st edn, Routledge, pp. 53-70. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003207801-5

Brozzo, C 2020, Categorically Perceiving Motor Actions. in F Calzavarini & M Viola (eds), Neural Mechanisms: New Challenges in Philosophy of Neuroscience. Springer, pp. 465-482.

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