Short CV/Education and training

  • 1975 – 1982
    Researcher in Philosophy, University of Bologna

  • 1982 – 1994
    Associate Professor, University of Bologna

  • 1994 – 1998
    Full Professor, University of Trieste

  • since 1998
    Full professor of Philosophy of Science, University of Bologna

Selected publications

  • Authored books:

  • Philosophical Introduction to Probability, Stanford: CSLI, 2005.

  • Filosofia della scienza, Milan: Egea, 2017.

  • La spiegazione scientifica, Bologna: Archetipolibri, 2012, co-authored with Raffaella Campaner.

Edited books:

  • New Directions in the Philosophy of Science, Dordrecht: Springer, 2014, co-edited with Dennis Dieks, Wenceslao J. Gonzalez, Stephan Hartmann, Thomas Uebel and Marcel Weber.

  • Philosophy of Science in Europe; European Philosophy of Science, Dordrecht: Springer, 2014, co-edited with Elizabeth Nemeth and Friedrich Stadler.

  • Bruno de Finetti, Radical Probabilist, London: College Publications, 2009.

  • Reasoning, Rationality, and Probability, Stanford: CSLI, 2008, co-edited with Roberto Scazzieri and Patrick Suppes.

    Cambridge and Vienna, Frank P. Ramsey and the Vienna Circle, Dordrecht: Springer, 2006.

  • Observation and Experiment in the Natural and Social Sciences, Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2003.

Book chapters and articles:

  • "The Modern Epistemic Interpretations of Probability: Logicism and Subjectivism", in Dov Gabbay, Stephan Hartmann and John Woods (eds.), Handbook of the History of Logic. Volume 10: Inductive Logic, Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2011, pp. 153-203.

  • "On Hans Reichenbach’s Inductivism", Synthèse 181 (2011), n. 1, pp. 95-111.

  • "Confirmation, Probability and Logical Empiricism", in Thomas Uebel and Alan Richardson (eds.), Cambridge Companion to Logical Empiricism, Cambridge University Press, 2007, pp. 117-135.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • The nature of explanation and prediction.

  • Causality and explanation.

  • Interpretations of probability.

  • Probabilistic epistemology.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Leopoldina Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften, since 2014

  • Member of the Accademia Nazionale di Scienze, Lettere e Arti di Modena, since 2013

  • Member of the editorial board of “Erkenntnis”, “European Journal for the Philosophy of Science”, and “Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook”.

  • 1st vice-President of the Division of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science of the International Union for History and Philosophy of Science, 2011 – 2015

  • Member of the Executive Board of ICSU – International Council for Science, 2011 – 2014

  • Member of the scientific committee of the Centre "Federico Stella" for Criminal justice and policy (CSGP) of the Catholic University of Milan since its foundation in 2009

  • Chair of the European Science Foundation Scientific Networking Programme “The Philosophy of Science in Europe”, 2008 – 2013

  • Director of CIRESS (Interdisciplinary Research Centre of History and Philosophy of Science; University of Bologna), 2006 – 2011

  • Member of the Steering Committee of the European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA) from 2006 to 2011.

  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the Vienna International Summer University (VISU) since its constitution in 2002

  • Coordinator of the European Science Foundation Network on “Historical and contemporary perspectives of the philosophy of science in Europe”, 2000-2003

  • International cooperation partner of the PhD Programme "The Sciences in Historical, Philosophical and Cultural Contexts", University of Vienna

  • Life Member of the Center for the Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, since 1990

  • Life Member of Clare Hall College, Cambridge, since 1998


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