Personal profile


1998 – 2002       M.Phil. / Ph.D. in Philosophy (London School of Economics).
1993 – 1997       Laurea in Philosophy, University of Rome “La Sapienza”.

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Science 
  • History and philosophy of modern physics
  • Early Modern Philosophy (Kant and neo-Kantianism).

Research students


  • Lorenzo Spagnesi (2017-present) School of Philosophy, Psychology, Language Sciences, Kant and the regulative role of reason. A perspectival reading.(primaruy supervisor, PhD)
  • Franklin Jacoby (2016–2019): The Hunt for Reality. Perspectives, Models and Plurality in the Physical Sciences. School of Philosophy, Psychology, Language Sciences (primary supervisor, PhD)
  • Laura Jimenez (2015–2019)  School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (primary supervisor, MPhil)
  • Nicholas Rebol (2014–2019): The limits of a statistical mechanical account of the arrow of time, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Science (primary supervisor, MPhil)
  • Ana-Maria Cretu (2014–2017):  What good is realism about natural kinds? School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (primary supervisor, PhD)
  • Sander Klasse (2014–2017): Beyond the dichotomy: a critical examinarion of critical realism, School of Divinity (secondary supervisor, PhD)
  • Anna Nadal Ortin (2013-2017): Mental activity in Descartes's causal-semantic model of sensory perception, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (secondary supervisor, PhD)
  • Andrea Polonioli (2012–2015): Rationality debate in philosophy and cognitive science, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (co-supervisor, PhD)



PHIL10038 Realism, Relativism and Reality (shared Hons. / MSc course)

PHIL10171 Science, Nature and Social Values (shared Hon./ MSc course)


Administrative Roles

In the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, Edinburgh

  • Philosophy Postgraduate Director (July 2013—2015)
  • Founder and leader of the Research Cluster in Philosophy of Science (2012–)
  • Philosophy Deputy Research Director (Sept. 2012 –2015)
  • Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science, Member of the Self-Assessment Team, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (Sept. 2012–2015).
  • Member of the PPLS Marketing Committee (2012–2013)
  • Deputy Director, Eidyn: The Edinburgh Centre for Epistemology, Normativity, and Mind (2014–present)
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences representative for the Media Service Refresh Project Board (2014–2015)
  • Steering Committee, Interdisciplinary Eighteenth Century Studies
  • Chair and Convenor of the annual lecture series New Enlightenment Lectures (Edinburgh Women in Philosophy of Science)
  • Chair of the Philosophy Gender Climate Committee (2014-2015)
  • Non-Professorial representative to the Senatus (1 August 2013–31 July 2015).



Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), London School of Economics

Award Date: 1 Jan 2002


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