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Prof Michela Massimi

Personal Chair of Philosophy of Science

Education / Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), London School of Economics

Qualifications

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 (realism and antirealism in science; laws of nature; natural kinds);
  • 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)
  • Franklin Jacoby (2016–present) School of Philosophy, Psychology, Language Sciences, Perspectivism, models, and pluralism (primary supervisor)
  • Laura Jimenez (2015–present)  School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (primary supervisor)
  • Nicholas Rebol (2014–): The problem of the direction of time, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Science (primary supervisor)
  • Ana-Maria Cretu (2014–2017):  What good is realism about natural kinds? School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (primary supervisor)
  • Sander Klasse (2014–2017): Beyond the dichotomy: a critical examinarion of critical realism, School of Divinity (secondary supervisor)
  • Keith Heard (2013–present): Naturalised metaphysics, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (secondary supervisor)
  • 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)
  • Andrea Polonioli (2012–2015): Rationality debate in philosophy and cognitive science, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (co-supervisor)

Teaching

 

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).

 

Biography

Websites

Research outputs

  1. Three problems about multi-scale modelling in cosmology

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Four kinds of perspectival truth

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Simplified models: A different perspective on models as mediators

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Research activities & awards

  1. What is perspectival pluralism?

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  2. FCT, Portugal panel member 2017 for Philosophy, ethics and religion

    Activity: ConsultancyContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

  3. Perspectival modelling at LHC

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

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  1. Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

    Prize: Fellowships awarded competitively

  2. Vice President

    Prize: Election to learned society

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Research press coverage

  1. Searching for Dark Matter and Dark Energy

    Press / Media: Public Engagement Activities

  2. Interview with Michela Massimi

    Press / Media: Other

  3. Gemeinsam die Welt verstehen

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