Short CV/Education and training

  • 1996
    M.A. (cum laude) in Philosophy of Science, Florence University. Master dissertation: Logica ed esistenza in Stanisław Leśniewski

  • 1996 – 2000
    Doctoral Student, Philosophy Department (Epistemology Sector), Genoa University, full-time

  • 2000 – 2001
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Leiden, full-time

  • 2001
    PhD in Philosophy of Science, Genoa University. Doctoral dissertation: Logica, verità e tempo nella filosofia austro-polacca

  • 2001 – 2002
    Guest Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Leiden, full-time

  • 2002 – 2006
    Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty of Philosophy, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, full-time

  • Since 2006
    Assistant Professor (Lecturer, UD), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (tenured, full-time)

  • 2008 – 2013
    Director (Principal Investigator) of the ERC Starting Grant project Tarski’s Revolution

Selected publications

Selected projects

  • Tarski's Revolution: A New History – Semantics and Axiomatics from Bolzano to Tarski against the Background of the Classical Model of Science,

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Programme Committee Bernard Bolzano 2012 Workshop, Prague, 3-7 May 2012, (postponed)

  • Programme Committee Philosophy and Mathematics in the Work of Bernard Bolzano, Prague, 15-18 April 2010

  • Scientific Committee of the Archives of the Lvov-Warsaw School (IHPST, Paris, France), since 2005

  • Bernard-Bolzano-Gesellschaft, since 2002

  • Doctoral defense committee of Hein van den Berg, Faculty of Philosophy, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 14 March 2011, supervisor: Wim de Jong & Ernst-Otto Onnasch

  • Doctoral defense committee of Staffan Angere, Institute of Philosophy, Lund University, 20 November 2010, supervisor: Bengt Hansson

Media coverage

  • Column Bezwaren rondom het ius promovendi – Promotierecht aan herziening toe, Sept 9, 2011

  • Video on my research for a big public Wat is waarheid? Geschiedenis van een begrip/What is truth? The History of a Concept, Apr 8, 2011

  • Interview Arianna Betti about language and the world on open access in: 130x Looking further – 130 visions of 130 luminaries to celebrate 130 years VU, VU Amsterdam, 2011: 112-3

  • Video on Open Access as a VU University testimonial for the Dutch Open Access Week (18-24 October 2010) selected as kick-off event closure for the global OA Week (Washington)

  • Video on Valorisatie of De Jonge Akademie, "Munt slaan uit wetenschap is te kortzichtig – Toepassing mag niet voorop staan", June 7th, 2010

  • Radio Interview at Hoe?Zo! (Radio 5, 747 FM, The Netherlands) ‘Waarheid in formele talen’ (May 17th, 2010)

Additional qualifications

  • Extensive teaching and supervision experience

  • Numerous grants and scholarships

  • International cooperation for research and teaching projects and networks

  • Organisation of conferences, colloquia, workshops

  • Advisory board member for scientific journals and other services to the profession

  • Refereeing activities

  • Editorial activities: Polish Philosophy Page (; Rudolf Carnap 1928. La costruzione logica del mondo, (

  • Research policy and management activities

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Art and Science Project: Paleisje voor Volksvlijt (with artist Dina Danish), coordination Elena Beelaerts & Floris Tilanus, 30 Nov, 2011

  • Food

  • (Performing) contemporary classical music, especially the so-called entartete Musik: piano playing since 1984, Chamber Orchestra arranging, managing & conducting since 1995. I led an ensemble of fourteen performers in Italy (1995 – 1999), for which I orchestrated once a musical for kids, and an ensemble of eight to ten performers at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam: 8½ (2003 – 2010) for which I did most of the arranging, too.


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