Michele Luchetti

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Before starting my PhD at CEU, I completed my MA in Philosophy at the University of Milan, Italy, where I wrote a thesis on the relationship between theories of time and metaphysical perspectives on the persistence of material objects. During my BA, also in Milan, I mainly focused on philosophical issues in the history of science and philosophy across XIX and XX century.

My current research engages with the topic of constitutive principles in science. The starting point of my research is a traditional philosophical question: what are the sources of our scientific knowledge of the world? More specifically, the question is: does all scientific knowledge result exclusively from experience, or is it composed of different kinds of elements, some of which are not derived from experience? In my PhD project, the core thesis to be defended is: some elements of scientific knowledge are indeed of a special kind because they are "constitutive" of our scientific knowledge. In other terms, they appear to be necessary preconditions required for experience and scientific knowledge to be possible, something we cannot dispense with, if we are to investigate the world scientifically. Starting from the premises of scientific knowledge conceived as a 'given' on the one hand, and from the pluralistic, perspectival, and hands-on nature of science-making on the other, I aim at developing a notion of constitutive elements that could still do significant work for an analysis of contemporary science, without having to sacrifice great part of its complexity.

My main research is in the field of philosophy of science and its foundations, and in the history of philosophy of science, especially its connections with the neo-Kantian and pragmatist traditions. The theme of transcendental epistemology is the main one underlying my current interests, in particular with respect to its developments in the history of analytic philosophy, but also in other areas of human culture in general. Very recently, I have developed an interest for some areas of philosophy of biology connected with the topics of evolution and individuality, and for the philosophical relevance of statistical reasoning in science.

I am still very fascinated by issues of formal and material ontology (especially mereology), some themes in philosophy of time, and more in general by the relations between science and metaphysics.


2013 MA Philosophy, University of Milan
2011 BA Philosophy, University of Milan


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