Silvia De Bianchi

After receiving my PhD in Philosophy at the University of Rome "La Sapienza", I worked as post-doc in UK (University College London), Germany (Siegen University and TU Dortmund) and France (ENS Paris). In 2014 I moved to Barcelona and worked as Marie Curie Fellow at the Centre for the History of Science of the UAB. In 2017, I joined the Department of Philosophy as Ramón y Cajal Fellow. My research interests cover epistemological questions emerging in Immanuel Kant's philosophy and natural science, as well as in Hermann Weyl’s scientific and philosophical works. I am interested in developing methodologies that integrate the history and philosophy of science and in exploring how models work in scientific practice. I am currently leading as PI the ERC-STG project PROTEUS "Paradoxes and Metaphors of Time in Early Universe(s)" (2018-2023) that investigates through a multidisciplinary research team different cosmological models and their implications for the philosophy of time and metaphysics.

Areas of Specialization:

Immanuel Kant
Early Modern Philosophy
Philosophy of Science
Hermann Weyl
History of 18th and 20th century physics

- RYC-2015-17289: "From the origin of Earth to ethics: Kant and the sciences of his time" (2017-2022)
- ERC-StG2017 Grant n. 758145: PROTEUS "Paradoxes and Metaphors of Time in Early Universe(s)" (2018-2023)
Project website:

Publications (selection)


- Breaking Rules: Hermann Weyl in Princeton (1928-1955), Springer (under contract)

- Kant: scritti di astronomia e geofisica, Mimesis Edizioni, Milano (2016)
-The Harmony of the Sphere: Kant and Herschel on the Universe and the Astronomical Phenomena, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne (2013).


-  “Why is the World four-dimensional? Hermann Weyl's 1955 argument and the topology of causation” 8th International Workshop DICE2016: Spacetime - Matter - Quantum Mechanics, IOP Conf. Series: Journal of Physics: Conf. Series 880 (2017) 012011 doi:10.1088/1742-6596/880/1/012011 "

-  Introduction to the special issue Hermann Weyl and the philosophy of the ‘New Physics’" with G. Catren, Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, DOI 10.1016/j.shpsb.2017.06.005 (2017).

- “Rethinking antiparticles. Hermann Weyl's contribution to neutrino physics” in Studies in History and  Philosophy of Modern Physics, DOI 10.1016/j.shpsb.2017.03.006 (2017).

- "Which explanatory role for mathematics in scientific models? Reply to “The Explanatory Dispensability of Idealizations”, in Synthese 193, 2, (2016), pp. 387-401.

- "When series go in indefinitum, ad infinitum and in infinitum. Concepts of infinity in Kant’s antinomy of pure reason, in Synthese, 192, 8 (2015), pp. 2395-2412.

-“Explanation and the dimensionality of space. Kant’s argument revisited” with J. Wells, in Synthese, 192, 1, (2015), pp. 287-303.  

-“How far can we go with fuzzy logic? Perspectives on model-based reasoning and stochastic resonance in scientific models”, with Silvia Gaudenzi, in Logic Journal of IGPL, 21, 6 (2013), 1044-1056.

-“Cartesian echoes in Kant’s philosophy of nature” with M. Massimi, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A, 44 (2013), 481-492

Other publications are available here:



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