Guglielmo Militello

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Position PhD Student
Phone +34 645580970
Address EHU/UPV, Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science, Avenida de Tolosa 70, 20080 Donostia – San Sebastián


I got my bachelor’s degree in Philosophy at the University of Pisa by defending a thesis, which was given the final grade 110/110 cum laude, on the constitution of the perceptual object in Husserl’s Phenomenology and in neurophysiological explanations on 09/10/2013. In 2014, I spent one semester as Erasmus student at the University of Mainz (Germany) where I attended courses and I improved my knowledge of German. I got my master’s degree (on 19/04/2016) in Philosophy and Forms of Knowledge at the University of Pisa by defending a thesis (final grade 110/110 cum laude) on the causal relationship between local and systemic functions which underlie the mechanistic explanations of (human) physiology and pathophysiology.

Currently, I am a doctoral student enrolled in the 3-year PhD programme in ʻPhilosophy, Science, and Valuesʼ at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). I am a member of the IAS-Research Centre for Life, Mind, and Society.

My PhD research project, supervised by Prof. Alvaro Moreno and Dr. Leonardo Bich, aims at exploring the structural and organizational conditions for the appearance of a functionally integrated individual in the transition from prokaryotic to eukaryotic cell.

Research interests

  • Philosophy of biology and key topics of philosophy of science

  • Major transitions in evolution

  • Eukaryogenesis

  • Symbiosis as generation of biological novelty

  • Emergence in biological systems
  • Biological individuality and Biological autonomy

  • Mechanistic and dynamic explanations in life sciences

  • Causality in biomedical sciences

  • Philosophical aspects of neurophysiological explanations (especially as regards agency, perception, and embodied cognition)


2016-2019: PhD in Philosophy, Science and Values, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)

2013-2016: MA in Philosophy and Forms of Knowledge, University of Pisa

2010-2013: BA in Philosophy, University of Pisa


01/04/2014-01/10/2014: Visiting Student Johannes Gutenberg Universitat (Mainz, Germany)

03-12/07/2017: Summer School on Cognition, Life and Interaction, Zaragoza (Spain)

22/09/2017: Talk “Functional integration in the endosymbiotic origin of mitochondria: an organizational approach”, RDIPS 2017, University of Grenoble (France)

21/11/2017: Talk “Functional integration in the endosymbiotic origin of mitochondria”, Third Bordeaux-San Sebastian Workshop on Philosophy of Biology”, Guetary (France)

09/03/2018: Talk “Functional Integration in the Endosymbiotic Origin of Mitochondria”, Graduate Workshop on Philosophy of Science, UPV/UNED, San Sebastian (Spain)

01/04/2018-31/07/2018: Visiting student at the IHPST (Paris, France)

04/05/2018: Talk “Functional Integration in the Endosymbiotic Origin of Mitochondria”, PBCS8, Complutense University of Madrid (Spain)

21/06/2018: Talk “Functional Integration in the Endosymbiotic Origin of Mitochondria”, EENPS 2018, Comenius University (Bratislava, Slovakia)

10-14/09/2018: Summer school EASPLS 2018 at the KLI, Klosterneuburg (Austria)

26-28/09/2018: Co-organizer of RDIPS 2018, University of Paris Diderot, Paris (France)

13-16/11/2018: Talk “Structural and Organisational Conditions for Machine-Likeness”, SLMFCE IX, UNED, Madrid (Spain)


Militello G and Moreno A (2018) Structural and organisational conditions for being a machine. Biol Phil 33:35