Francesca Vidotto


Time to time some physicist fellows capture the attention of the media with sharp statement about the dead of philosophy. I think that to say this is in itself to take a philosophical stance, without being aware of it. I strongly disagree with respect to this kind of positions: I think they show only a lack of knowledge and a lack of self-inspection. As scientists, everything we think and we do is impregnated by some philosophy. Not recognizing our philosophical standpoint, we prevent ourself to do good science. Every major scientific discovery comes together with leaving behind some piece of our old picture of reality. Only being aware of our prejudices, we can be in the position to recognize which part of our present picture of reality we can leave behind toward new discoveries and a better understanding of reality.

I'm interested in a series of topic in philosophy of science. In particular philosophy of cosmology, interpretations of quantum mechanics, epistemology (in particular the feminist approach).
I'm also interested in the relation between scientific thinking and religious thinking, in a comparative prospective.

Papers on Philosophy of Quantum Gravity:

- "Atomism and Relationalism as guiding principles for Quantum Gravity"
- "Infinities as a measure of our ignorance"

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