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Stathis Psillos MSc, PhD

http://www.phs.uoa.gr/psillos

Personal Details


Date of Birth:

22 June 1965

Nationality:

Hellenic

Work Address:

Dept of Philosophy and History of Science, University of Athens, University Campus, Athens 15771, Greece.

tel. +30 10 727 5538; fax +30 10 727 5530



Employment


2009-

Professor of Philosophy of Science and Metaphysics, Dept of Philosophy and History of Science, University of Athens, Greece




1998-

Research Associate of the Centre for the Philosophy of the Natural and Social Sciences, London School of Economics

2004-2008

Associate Professor, Dept of Philosophy and History of Science, University of Athens, Greece




1999-2004

Lecturer, Dept of Philosophy and History of Science, University of Athens, Greece




1999-2000

Assistant Professor, Dept of Philosophy, University of Patras, Greece




1995-1998

British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dept of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, London School of Economics




1996-1997

Visiting Lecturer, Dept of Philosophy, King’s College London




1993-1995

Research Assistant Department of Philosophy, King’s College London




Areas of Expertise


Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics, Epistemology, History of Philosophy of Science

Areas of Competence


Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, First-Order Logic, Philosophy of Physics, History of Modern Philosophy


Teaching


1998-2011 (University of Athens)

Postgraduate: Epistemology & Metaphysics; Reductionism; Causation; Philosophy of Science; Scientific Realism; Laws of Nature; The A priori and the Analytic (from Kant to Quine); Scientific Explanation; Naturalised Epistemology; Hume; Empiricism; Truth; Logic and Epistemology; Metaphysics of Science; Marxism and philosophy of science; Aristotle’s Posterior Analytics; various seminars on recent books

Undergraduate: Philosophy of Language; Philosophy of Mind; The A priori and the Analytic (from Kant to Quine); Philosophy of Science; Epistemology & Metaphysics, Analytic Philosophy; Scientific Realism; Metaphysics of Science
1999-2000 (University of Patras)

Undergraduate: Introduction to Logic; Logical Positivism

1995-1998 (University of London; London School of Economics)

Postgraduate: Philosophy of Science; Philosophical Problems; The Philosophy of Rudolf Carnap (with Thomas Uebel)

Undergraduate: Scientific Method; Methodology; Explanation; Problems of Philosophy and Methodology

1996-1997 (University of London; King’s College)

Undergraduate: What is Science?

1993-1995 (University of London; King’s College)

Tutorials: Introduction to Philosophy; Epistemology; Philosophy of Science

Visiting Appointments/Fellowships


January 2011

Fellow at the University of Cologne

November 2007

Bilkent University, Ankara

February 2007

Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Mumbai, India

December 2006


University of Helsinki

September 2001

University of Iceland, Summer School on ‘Inference to the Best Explanation’



education


1990-1994

Ph.D degree in Philosophy of Science, University of London

1989-1990

Master of Science (M.Sc) in History and Philosophy of Science, University of London, King’s College

1983-1989

University Degree in Physics, University of Patras, Greece



Professional Offices/Duties


2011

Chair of the Local Organising Committee of the 3rd Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association, Athens 5-8/10, 2011

2009-

Editor of Metascience

2008-

Member of the Academie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences (AIPS) (Titular member since 2010)

2007-2009

President of the European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA)

2006-2007

Founding Member of the European Philosophy of Science Association; Secretary of the Founding Steering Committee

Programme Committees

Conference on Causality and Explanation in the Sciences, University of Ghent September 2011

11th International IHPST conference, University of Thessaloniki, July 2011



Conference on Logic Reasoning and Rationality, University of Ghent, September 2010

Conference on The Future of Philosophy of Science, Tilburg Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science, April 2010

World Congress of Philosophy Co-chair of the PC for Philosophy of Science Seoul, South Korea, July 2008

Workshop on Scientific Reasoning in AI and Philosophy of Science, under the auspices of the 14th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Berlin August 2000

Journals’ Editorial Board


Epistemologia (2011-)

European Journal for Philosophy of Science (2009-)

Balkan Journal of Philosophy (2008-)

Journal for General Philosophy of Science (2007-)

Nefsis (2005-)

Noesis (2005-)

Philosophical Writings (2001-)

Episteme (2001-)

2007-

Member of the Editorial Board of the series New Directions in the Philosophy of Science, Palgrave-MacMillan

2005

Member of the board of judges for the Best Essay Contest (recent PhDs) of the Philosophy of Science Association

1997-1998

Committee Member: The British Society for the Philosophy of Science

1995-1998

Deputy Editor: The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

1993-1995

Assistant Editor: The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

Referee for

Journals: Australasian Journal of Philosophy; The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science; Synthese; International Studies in the Philosophy of Science; Erkenntnis; Journal of Critical Realism; Studies in History and Philosophy of Science; Philosophy of Science; Economics and Philosophy; Philosophical Papers; The Philosophical Quarterly; Philosophical Studies; Canadian Philosophical Quarterly; Philosophia; Philosophy & Phenomenological Research; Nous; Dialectica; Perspectives on Science; Philosophy Compass; Mind

Publishing Houses: Cambridge University Press; Palgrave; Routledge; Kluwer; Oxford University Press; Acumen.

Research Funding Bodies: Netherlands Research Foundation; Korea Research Foundation; German Research Foundation; Austrian Science Fund; National Science Foundation; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.



Awards


2011
2008

Springer Lecturer, 11th International IHPST Conference, University of Thessaloniki, July 2011

Choice Outstanding Academic Title for The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Science

2004

The British Society for the Philosophy of Science Past Presidents’ Prize for the book Causation and Explanation.

1995-1998

British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowship

1989-1993

Scholarship from the Greek State Scholarships Foundation.



Funding ID


2011-2015

Chief Investigator Research Programme: Aspects and Prospects of Realism in the Philosophy of Science and Mathematics (APRePoSMa)—Funded by the EU sponsored research programme Thales II. 600,000 Euros

2008-2013

Member of the European Research Network (funded by the ESF) “The Philosophy of Science in a European Perspective” Research Networking Programme (PSE) (2008-2013

2005-2008

Chief Investigator Research Programme on Philosophical Realism Pythagoras II (2005-08). 70,000 Euros



PhD Supervision


2011

Aspassia Kanellou: Perceptual Content and the Argument of Illusion

2010

Filippos Georgiadis: Structural Realism

2010

Nicos Bisketzis: Problems in the Philosophy of Causation

2010

Eva Agalopoulou: The Concept of Analyticity from Carnap to Quine

2008

Mania Georgatou: Causation & Explanation in Biology

2008

Andreas Karitzis: Towards a Metaphysics of Truth

2005

Demetra Christopoulou: A Critical Analysis of Neo-Logicism.

2005

Kostas Stergiopoulos: Empiricism, Science and Metaphysics



PhD Examination


March 2011

David Trembath Design Knowledge and the Instruments of Detection, The University of Western Australia

November 2010

Alastair Edge: Blind Scientific Realism, University of Leeds

June 2010

Christos Pechlivanidis: Aristotle’s Philosophy of Science and Abduction, University of Thessaloniki

January 2009

David Walker: Inference to the Best Explanation in Science, University of Bristol

June 2009

RL Segall: The fertility of theories, University of Cape Town

September 2007

Eleni Kalyvianaki: Algorithmic Natural language Semantics, Dept of Maths, University of Athens

June 2006

Harri Sahavirta, Karl Popper’s Philosophy of Science - And the Evolution of the Popperian Worlds, University of Helsinki

June 2006

Pandora Hantzidaki Conceptual Change and Scientific Rationalism, University of Athens.

April 2006

David Harker: Progress and preservation: increased unification and the realist’s conception of scientific success, University of Illinois at Chicago.

November 2005

Caterina Marchionni: ‘Unity, plurality and explanation. The case of geographical economics and its neighbours’, Erasmus University of Rotterdam

April 2005

Kyriakos Theodoridis: ‘Kripke on necessity : a metaphysical investigation’, University of Lund

2000

Panagiotis Oulis: ‘The concept of decease in psychiatry’, University of Athens



Publications

A. Books


  1. Knowing the Structure of Nature: Essays on Realism and Explanation, MacMillan-Palgrave, 2009

  2. Science and Truth, Okto Publishers 2008 (in Greek)

  3. The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Science (with Martin Curd) Routledge 2008—Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2008

  4. Philosophy of Science A-Z, Edinburgh University Press, 2007

  5. Logic: The Structure of Argument (with Demetris Portides and D A Anapolitanos), Nefeli 2007 (in Greek)

  6. Causation and Explanation, Acumen (2002) & McGill-Queens University Press (2003)--Prize of the Presidents of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science for the best textbook in the Philosophy of Science

  7. Scientific Realism: How Science Tracks Truth, 1999, London & New York: Routledge



B.Papers

  1. Semirealism or Neo-Aristotelianism?, Erkenntnis, forthcoming

  2. What is General Philosophy of Science? Journal for General Philosophy of Science, forthcoming June 2012

  3. ‘Causal-descriptivism and the reference of theoretical terms’ in Athanassios Raftopoulos & Peter Machamer (eds) Perception, Realism and the Problem of Reference, Cambridge University Press, pp. 212-238, 2012

  4. ‘Anti-nominalistic Scientific Realism: A Defence’, in Alexander Bird, Brian Ellis, and Howard Sankey (eds) Properties, Powers and Structures: Issues in the Metaphysics of Realism, Routledge pp. 53-69, 2012

  5. ‘Adding Modality to Ontic Structuralism: An Exploration and Critique’, in E. Landry and D. Rickles (eds), Structure, Object, and Causality, Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science; Dordrecht: Springer, pp.169-185, 2012

  6. ‘One Cannot be Just a Little Bit Realist: Putnam and van Fraassen’ in James Robert Brown (ed.) Philosophy of Science: The Key Thinkers, Continuum, pp.188-212, 2012

  7. ‘Reason and Science’ in Cristina Amoretti & Nicla Vassallo (eds) Reason and Rationality, Ontos Verlag, 2012

  8. ‘Moving Molecules Above the Scientific Horizon: On Perrin’s Case for Realism’ Journal for General Philosophy of Science, December 2011

  9. ‘An Explorer upon Untrodden Ground: Peirce on Abduction’ Handbook of the History of Logic Volume 10 -- Inductive Logic (John Woods, Dov Gabbay και Stephan Hartmann eds.). Elsevier, pp.115-148, 2011

  10. ‘Making Contact with Molecules: On Perrin and Achinstein’ Philosophy of Science Matters: the Philosophy of Peter Achinstein, Gregory J Morgan (ed.) Oxford University Press, pp. 177-190, 2011

  11. ‘Scientific Realism with a Humean Face’ in Juha Saatsi & Steven French (eds) The Continuum Companion to Philosophy of Science, Continuum, pp. 75-95, 2011

  12. ‘The Scope and Limits of the No-Miracles Argument’ in Friedrich Stadler et al. (eds) The Philosophy of Science in a European Perspective, Vol. II, pp. 23-35, Springer 2011

  13. ‘The Idea of Mechanism’ in Phyllis McKay, Federica Russo & Jon Williamson (eds) Causality in the Sciences, Oxford University Press, pp.771-788, 2011

  14. ‘Regularities all the way down: Thomas Brown’s Philosophy of Causation’ in Causation and Modern Philosophy(Routledge Advances in the History of Philosophy), Keith Allen και Tom Stoneham (eds) Routledge, pp.220-241, 2011

  15. ‘Choosing the Realist Framework’, Synthese, 190: 301-316, 2011

  16. ‘Living with the Abstract: Realism and Models’, Synthese 190: 3-17, 2011

  17. ‘Is the History of Science the Wasteland of False Theories?’ in Adapting Historical Knowledge Production to the Classroom, P. V. Kokkotas et al. (eds) Rotterdam & Boston: Sense Publishers, pp.17-36, 2011

  18. ‘On Reichenbach’s Argument for Scientific Realism’ Synthese 181: 23-40, 2011

  19. ‘Scientific Realism: Between Platonism and Nominalism’, Philosophy of Science 77: 947-958, 2010

  20. ‘Grapsing at Realist Straws’, Critical Notice of of Kyle Stanford: Exceeding Our Grasp, Metascience 18: 363-370, 2009

  21. ‘Causal Pluralism’, in Robrecht Vanderbeeken & Bart D’Hooghe (eds) Worldviews, Science and Us: Studies of Analytical Metaphysics: A Selection of Topics From a Methodological Perspective, World Scientific Publishers, pp. 131-151, 2009

  22. ‘The A Priori: Between Conventions and Implicit Definitions, (with Demetra Christopoulou) in The A Priori and its Role in Philosophy, Nikola Kompa, Christian Nimtz, Christian Suhm (eds) Mentis, pp.205-220, 2009

  23. ‘Regularity Theories’ in Oxford Handbook of Causation, Helen Beebee, Peter Menzies & Chris Hitchcock (eds) Oxford University Press, pp.131-157, 2009

  24. ‘Carnap and Incommensurability’ Philosophical Inquiry, 30: 135-156, 2008

  25. ‘Between Realism and Empiricism: The Adventures of Structuralism in the Philosophy of Science’ in Demetra Sfendoni-Mentzou (ed.) Philosophy of the Sciences, Ziti Publishers, 99-118, (in Greek) 2008

  26. ‘Philosophy of Science’ in The Routledge Companion to the 20th Century Philosophy, Dermot Moran (eds), Routledge, pp. 618-657, 2008

  27. ‘The Concept of a Number and the Number of a Concept: An Analysis of the Grundlagen of Gottlob Frege’ (with Demetra Christopoulou) Noesis 3: 79-113 (in Greek) 2008

  28. ‘Thoughts on Concepts: On Fodor’s Approach’ (with Aspassia Kanelou) Noesis 3: 45-78, (in Greek) 2008

  29. ‘Cartwright’s Realist Toil: From Entities to Capacities’, in Cartwright’s Philosophy of Science, (eds. Stephan Hartman, Carl Hoefer & Luc Bovens), Routledge, pp.167-194, 2008

  30. ‘Probabilistic Causation: Contextual Unanimity and Simpson’s paradoxes’ (with Nikos Bisketzis) Nefsis 16: 16-33 (in Greek) 2008

  31. ‘What is Causation?’ in Beena Choksi and Chitra Natarajan (eds.) The epiSTEME Reviews: Research trends in Science, Technology and Mathematics Education, Macmillan India Ltd, pp.11-34, 2007

  32. ‘How To Do Things With Theories: An Interactive View of Language and Models in Science’ (with Robin Hendry), in J. Brzeziñski, A. Klawiter, T.A.F. Kuipers, K. Lastowski, K. Paprzycka, P. Przybysz (eds.), The Courage of Doing Philosophy: Essays Dedicated to Leszek Nowak, pp. 59-115, Amsterdam/New York, NY: Rodopi, 2007

  33. ‘Past and Contemporary Perspectives on Explanation’ in Handbook of the Philosophy of Science: Focal Issues. Volume editor: Theo Kuipers. Handbook editors: Dov M. Gabbay, Paul Thagard and John Woods. Elsevier BV, pp.97-173, 2007

  34. ‘Putting a Bridle on Irrationality: An Appraisal of Van Fraassen’s New Epistemology’, in Bradley Monton (ed.) Images of Empiricism, Oxford University Press, pp.134-164, 2007

  35. ‘Pierre Duhem’s Philosophy of Science: Between Science and Metaphysics’, (with Milena Ivanova), Appendix in Pierre Duhem: ΣΩΖΕΙΝ ΤΑ ΦΑΙΝΟΜΕΝΑ, Greek Translation, Nefeli Publishers, (in Greek) 2007

  36. ‘Reflections on Conceptual Change’ in Stella Vosniadou, Aristides Baltas and Xenia Vamvakoussi (eds) Reframing the Conceptual Change Approach in Learning and Instruction, Elsevier Ltd, pp.83-87, 2007

  37. ‘Realism’, ‘Causal Law’, ‘Inference’, ‘Reference’, ‘Nicod’s Criterion’, ‘Philosophy of Science’ in A Dictionary of Critical Realism, Mervyn Hartwig (ed.), Routledge, 2007

  38. ‘Causal Explanation and Manipulation’ in Johannes Person & Petri Ylikoski (eds) Rethinking Explanation, Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, vol. 252. Springer, pp. 97-112, 2007

  39. ‘The Fine Structure of Inference to the Best Explanation’, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 74: 441-448, 2007

  40. The Structure, the Whole Structure and Nothing but the Structure?’, Philosophy of Science 73: 560–570, 2006

  41. ‘What do powers do when they are not manifested?’ Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 72: 135-156, 2006

  42. ‘Critical Notice: Laws in Nature’, Metascience 15: 437-469, 2006

  43. ‘Thinking About the Ultimate Argument for Realism’, in Rationality & Reality, (eds Colin Cheyne & John Worrall), Springer, pp. 133-156, 2006

  44. ‘Philosophy of science, history of’ in Borchert, Donald, ed. Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2nd edition. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, (volume 7, pp. 503-516), 2006

  45. ‘Underdetermination Thesis, Duhem-Quine Thesis’ in Borchert, Donald, ed. Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2nd edition. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, (volume 9, pp. 575-578), 2006

  46. ‘Scientific Realism’ in Borchert, Donald, ed. Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2nd edition. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, (volume 8, pp. 688-694), 2006

  47. ‘Ramsey’s Ramsey-sentences’, in Cambridge and Vienna: Frank P Ramsey and the Vienna Circle (Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook 12), (ed. Maria Carla Galavotti), Springer, pp. 67-90, 2006

  48. ‘Scientific Realism and Metaphysics’, Ratio 18: 385-404, 2005

  49. ‘Causation’, Archives of Greek Medicine 22: 594-605 (in Greek) 2005

  50. ‘Neo-Logicism: Problems and Prospects’ (with Demetra Christopoulou) Nefsis 14: 152-173 (in Greek), 2005

  51. ‘Reductivism and the Problem of Mental Causation’, Noesis 1: 39-58 (in Greek), 2005

  52. ‘Truth as a Value’ in Universal Values (Loucas G. Christophorou & George Contopoulos eds.) Academy of Athens, Athens, pp. 143-146, 2004

  53. ‘Modesty and Presumptuousness: How Science Tracks Truth’ in Philosophy of Science in the Twentieth Century, National Research Foundation, pp.121-133, (in Greek) 2004

  54. ‘Causality’, In New Dictionary of the History of Ideas, Maryanne Cline Horowitz, (ed.), Charles Scribner’s Sons, pp. 272-280, 2004

  55. ‘A Glimpse of the Secret Connexion: Harmonising Mechanisms with Counterfactuals’, Perspectives on Science 12: 288-319, 2004

  56. ‘Tracking the Real: Through Thick and Thin’, The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 55: 393-409, 2004

  57. ‘Inference to the Best Explanation and Bayesianism’ in F. Stadler (ed.) Induction and Deduction in the Sciences, Kluwer, pp.83-91, 2004

  58. ‘Scientific Realism’ in Philosophy of Science Today, (eds P. Clark & C. Hawley) Oxford: Clarendon Press, pp.59-82, 2003

  59. ‘Theories of Scientific Method: Models for the Physico-Mathematical Sciences’ (with Nancy Cartwright and Hasok Chang), in The Cambridge History of Science, Volume 5, The Modern Physical and Mathematical Sciences, (ed. M. J. Nye), Cambridge University Press, pp.21-35, 2003

  60. ‘Simply the Best: A Case for Abduction’ in Computational Logic: From Logic Programming into the Future, LNAI 2408, (eds A. C. Kakas & F. Sadri), Berlin-Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, pp.605-25, 2002

  61. ‘Salt does dissolve in water, but not necessarily’, Analysis 62: 255-7, 2002

  62. ‘What is the Positive Content of Negative Realism?; Nefsis 11: 85-95, (in Greek) 2002

  63. ‘Predictive Similarity and the Success of Science: A Reply to Stanford’ Philosophy of Science 68: 346-55, 2001

  64. ‘Is Structural Realism Possible?’ Philosophy of Science 68: S13-24, 2001

  65. ‘Author’s Response’ Metascience 10: 366-70, 2001

  66. ‘The Present State of the Scientific Realism Debate’ The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 51: 705-28, 2000

  67. ‘Abduction: Between Conceptual Richness and Computational Complexity’ in Abduction and Induction: Essays in their Relation and Integration, (Applied Logic Series, Vol. 18), (eds. A. C. Kakas and P. Flach), Kluwer, pp.59-74, 2000

  68. ‘An Introduction to Carnap’s ‘Theoretical Concepts in Science’” (with Carnap’s unpublished lecture “Theoretical Concepts in Science”) Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 31: 151-72, 2000

  69. ‘Empiricism vs Scientific Realism: Belief in Truth Matters’, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 14: 57-75, 2000

  70. ‘Carnap, the Ramsey-Sentence and Realistic Empiricism’ Erkenntnis 52: 253-79, 2000

  71. ‘Naturalism Without Truth?’ Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 28: 699-713, 1997

  72. ‘Kitcher on Reference’ International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 11: 259-72, 1997

  73. ‘How Not to Defend Constructive Empiricism: A Rejoinder’ The Philosophical Quarterly 47: 369-72, 1997

  74. ‘Scientific Realism and the “Pessimistic Induction”’ Philosophy of Science 63: S306-14, 1996

  75. ‘On van Fraassen’s Critique of Abductive Reasoning’ The Philosophical Quarterly 46: 31-47, 1996. Translation into Portuguese ‘Sobre a Critica de van Fraassen ao Raciocinio Abdutivo’ Crtica-Revista de Filosofia 6, pp.35-62, 2000

  76. ‘Poincaré’s Conception of Mechanical Explanation’ in Henri Poincarè: Science and Philosophy, (eds. Jean-Louis Greffe, Gerhard Heinzmann & Kuno Lorenz), Berlin: Academie Verlag & Paris: Albert Blanchard, pp.177-91, 1996

  77. ‘Is Structural Realism the Best of Both Worlds?’ Dialectica 49: 15-46, 1995

  78. ‘The Cognitive Interplay Between Theories and Models: The Case of 19th Century Optics’, in Theories and Models in Scientific Processes, Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities 44, (eds W. E. Herfel, W. Krajewski, I. Niiniluoto & R. Wojcicki), pp.105-33, 1995

  79. ‘A Philosophical Study of the Transition from the Caloric Theory of Heat to Thermodynamics: Resisting the Pessimistic Meta-Induction’, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 25: 159-90, 1994

  80. ‘Conceptions and Misconceptions of Ether’ in Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on the Physical Interpretations of Relativity Theory, (ed. M. C. Duffy) Imperial College, London, pp.544-56, 1992



C.Book Reviews

  1. Henk W. de Regt, Sabina Leonelli, and Kai Eigner (eds.), Scientific Understanding: Philosophical Perspectives, (with Antigone Nounou), Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, forthcoming.

  2. Steven Gimbel (ed.): Exploring the scientific method: Cases and questions, (Book Notice), Metascience, forthcoming.

  3. Michael Dummett: The nature and future of philosophy (Book Notice) Metascience, 20: 3, 2011.

  4. Friedrich Stadler (ed.): The present situation in the philosophy of science (Book Notice), Metascience, 20: 415-6 (2011)

  5. Anjan Chakravartty: A Metaphysics for Scientific Realism, ISIS 100, 204-5 (2009)

  6. Howard Sankey: Scientific Realism and the Rationality of Science, Australasian Journal of Philosophy 87: 681-684 (2009)

  7. Derek Turner Making Prehistory: Historical Science and the Scientific Realism Debate, Notre Dame Review of Books (2008)

  8. ‘The DOOR to Sellars’, Review of Willem A. de Vries, Wilfrid Sellars (with Andreas Karitzis), Metascience 16: 555-559 (2007)

  9. Yemina Ben-Menahem Conventionalism: From Poincaré to Quine. Philosophy in Review 27: 243-245 (2007)

  10. Norris, Christopher, Philosophy of Language and the Challenge to Scientific Realism, Journal of Critical Realism 4: 255-261 (2005)

  11. Musgrave, A. Essays on realism and rationalism, Philosophy of the Social Sciences 34: 440-4 (2004)

  12. Achinstein, P. The Book of Evidence, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 68: 740-3 (2004)

  13. Solomon, M. Social Empiricism, Philosophy of Science 69: 545-7 (2002)

  14. Niiniluoto, I. Critical Scientific Realism, MIND 111: 454-8 (2002)

  15. Morrison, M & Morgan, M. (eds) Models as Mediators, Economics and Philosophy 17: 288-94 (with Francesco Guala) (2002)

  16. Kukla, A. Studies in Scientific Realism, The Foundations of Chemistry 3: 79-86 (2001)

  17. Giere, R. Science without Laws, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 15: 102-5 (2001)

  18. Wilson, F. The Logic and Methodology of Science in Early Modern Thought, Philosophy in Review 20: 447-9 (2000)

  19. Richardson, A. Carnap’s Construction of the World, MIND 109: 986-90 (2000)

  20. ‘World According to Flux of Tropes’ The Times Higher Education Supplement, 6 October 2000, 29

  21. Gower, B. Theories of Scientific Method, Ratio 12: 310-16 (1999)

  22. ‘True Stories’, Nature 392: 35-6 (1998)

  23. Marsonet, M.: Language, Science and Reality, The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 47: 663-8 (1996)

  24. ‘Rights from Wrongs’, Nature 383: 682 (1996)

  25. Aronson J., Harré R., & Way E. C.: Realism Rescued International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 9: 179-83 (1995)

  26. Roger Trigg: Rationality and Science, MIND 104: 674-9 (1995)

  27. Karl Popper: The Myth of the Framework Philosophy in Review 15: 200-2 (1995)

  28. Paul Hoyningen-Huene: Reconstructing Scientific Revolutions and Paul Horwich (ed.): World Changes, The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 45: 923-6 (1994)



D.Interviews and other philosophical pieces

1. ‘Philosophy of Science in Greece: Past, Present and Future’, in EPSA Newsletter, Vol. 1 Issue 2, September 2011, pp. 3-7, 2011

2. ‘Interview by Federica Russo’, Reasoner, Volume 5, no. 7, pp. 102-106July 2011

3. ‘Philosophy of Science: 5 Answers’ in R. Rosengberg (ed.) Philosophy of Science: 5 Questions, Automatic Press/VIP, pp. 169-180, 2010

E.Work in Progress

Empiricism in the Philosophy of Science, Acumen, (under contract, forthcoming)
Citations: H-index: 16; G-index: 36

Total number of citations: 1484



Books: Scientific Realism (591); Causation and Explanation (120)
Invited Talks and Conferences

  1. ‘Regularities all the way down’. Invited Talk at the Workshop: Explanation, Causality, Unification’, University of Dusseldorf, November 2011.

  2. ‘How Molecules Became Part of Scientific Consciousness: On Jean Perrin’s Case for Realism’ Springer Lecture, 11th International IHPST conference, University of Thessaloniki, July 2011

  3. ‘Representing is Perspectival, the Represented is not’, Invited talk at the International Conference of the Academie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences, Universite Catholique de Louvain, April 2011.

  4. ‘Empiricist Conceptions of laws of Nature’. Universite Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Conference ‘ Nature en eclats’, April 1011 (invited).

  5. ‘The View from Above and the View from Within : on van Fraassen’s Perrin’ Invited talk at the conference ‘Representations and Models in Science: the Philosophy of Bas van Fraassen’, University of la Coruna, March 2011

  6. ‘Empiricist Conceptions of laws of Nature’. University of Cologne January 2011 (invited).

  7. ‘Adding Modality to Ontic Structuralism’, University of Cologne, January 2011 (invited).

  8. ‘Scientific Realism with a Humean Face’, University of Dusseldorf, January 2011 (invited).

  9. ‘Making Contact with Molecules: On Perrin on Molecular Reality’, University of Leeds, November 2010 (invited).

  10. ‘Objectivity and Reference’ 1st Greek Philosophy of Science Conference, University of Athens, October 2010.

  11. ‘Adding Modality to Structural Realism: An exploration and Critique’, Italian Society of Analytic Philosophy, University of Padua September 2010 (invited).

  12. ‘Scientific Realism: Between Platonism and Nominalism’, University of Milan- Biccoca, May 2010 (Invited)

  13. ‘Scientific Realism: Between Platonism and Nominalism’, University of Barcelona, April 2010 (Invited)

  14. ‘Causation and Mechanisms’, Workshop: Metaphysics of Science, University of Warsaw, January 2010 (Invited)

  15. ‘Scientific Realism in Context’ 2nd Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association, Amsterdam October 2009

  16. ‘The Scope and Limits of the No-Miracles Argument’, Conference on Philosophy of Science in European Perspective, Utrecht University, October 2009 (Invited)

  17. ‘Mechanisms sans Metaphysics’, Conference: Mechanisms and Causality in Science, University of Kent, September 2009 (Invited)

  18. ‘Anti-Nominalistic Scientific Realism: A Defence’, Workshop: Metaphysics of Science, University of Melbourne, July 2009 (Invited)

  19. ‘Against Neo-Instrumentalism’, University of Hannover, April 2009 (Invited)

  20. ‘On Reichenbach’s Argument for Scientific Realism’ University of Bielefeld April 2009 (Invited)

  21. ‘Anti-Nominalistic Realism: A Defence’, University of Munster, April 2009 (Invited)

  22. ‘Scientific Realism: Between Platonism and Nominalism’, University of Bristol, January 2009 (Invited)

  23. ‘Scientific Realism and Mathematical Nominalism’, PSA08 Pittsburgh, November 2008

  24. ‘The Idea of Mechanism’, Conference on Causality in the Sciences, University of Kent, September 2008 (Invited)

  25. ‘Empiricist Conceptions of Laws of Nature’, Workshop & Young Researchers Days in Logic, Philosophy and History of Science, Brussels September 2008 (Invited)

  26. ‘What is (and what is not) Inference to the Best Explanation?’ Conference on Induction and Deduction in the Sciences, University of Ghent, July 2008 (Invited)

  27. ‘Is the History of Science the Wasteland of False Theories?’, 7th International Conference for History of Science in Science Education, University of Athens July 2008 (Invited)

  28. ‘Reichenbach’s Argument for Scientific Realism’, Conference ‘A Philosopher of Science in Istanbul: Hans Reichenbach’, May 2008 (Invited)

  29. ‘Choosing the Realist Framework’ Conference: ‘Theoretical Frameworks and Empirical Underdetermination, University of Düsseldorf, April 2008 (Invited)

  30. ‘Regularities all the way down: Thomas Brown’s Philosophy of Causation’. Congress of the British Society for the History of Philosophy: Causation 1500-2000, University of York, March 2008

  31. ‘How to be a Scientific Realist: A Proposal to Empiricists’, Centre for Philosophy of Science, University of Ghent, December 2007 (Invited)

  32. ‘Empiricist Conception of Laws of Nature’ Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve, December 2007 (Invited)

  33. ‘Living with the Abstract: Realism and Models’ Conference: Models and Simulations, University of Tilburg October 2007 (Invited)

  34. ‘The Next Best Thing: Causation and Regularity’ Workshop on Causation and Relativity, Autonomous University of Barcelona, September 2007 (Invited)

  35. ‘How to be a Scientific Realist: A Proposal to Empiricists’, Annual Conference of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science, Bristol, July 2007 (Invited)

  36. ‘What is Causation?’ Congress: Trends in Science Education, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Mumbai, India, February 2007 (Invited)

  37. ‘Why Does Philosophy Matter to Science?’ Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai February 2007 (Invited Public Lecture)

  38. ‘The A Priori: Between Conventions and Implicit Definitions’, Bilkent University, Ankara, November 2006 (Invited)

  39. ‘The A Priori: Between Conventions and Implicit Definitions’, Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Sciences, LSE, September 2006 (Invited)

  40. ‘The A Priori: Between Conventions and Implicit Definitions’ (with Demetra Christopoulou) Symposium on Implicit Definitions and the A Priori, GAP 2006, Berlin September 2006 (Invited)

  41. ‘Scientific realism and the Deflationary Theory of Truth’, University of Helsinki, June 2006 (Invited)

  42. ‘Realism vs Perspectivalism: Why Does it Matter?’ Conference on Realism/Universalism vs. Relativism/Culturalism: Philosophical, Historical and Political Perspectives, Bogazici University, Istanbul, May 2006 (Invited)

  43. Between Realism and Empiricism: The adventures of Structuralism in the Philosophy of Science’ Greek Conference in the Philosophy of Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, May 2006 (Invited)

  44. ‘Mechanisms: Between Explanation and Causation’ Symposium on Mechanisms in the Sciences, American Philosophical Association, Central Division, Chicago April 2006 (Invited)

  45. ‘Causal Pluralism’, Dept of Philosophy, University of Illinois at Chicago, April 2006 (Invited)

  46. Causation, Laws and Explanation’ University of Helsinki, December 2005 (Invited)

  47. ‘Causal Pluralism’ Erasmus University of Rotterdam, November 2005 (Invited)

  48. ‘Causal Pluralism’ Conference of the European Society of Analytic Philosophy, Lisbon, August 2005 (Invited)

  49. ‘Scientific Realism and Deflationism about Truth’ (with Andreas Karitzis) Annual conference of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science, University of Manchester, July 2005

  50. ‘Causal Pluralism’ Workshop on the Philosophy of Action, University of Cyprus, June 2005 (Invited)

  51. ‘Causal Pluralism’, Conference on the Metaphysics of Science, University of Gent June 2005 (Invited)

  52. ‘The Natural Causal Attitude’, Bogazici University Istanbul May 2005 (Invited)

  53. ‘Causal Pluralism’, Lund University April 2005 (Invited)

  54. ‘Philosophers as Risk Managers’, Workshop Improving Policy Decisions in areas of risk and scientific uncertainty, LSE, December 2004 (Invited)

  55. The Structure, the Whole Structure and Nothing but the Structure?’ Symposium on The Semantic View of Theories, Scientific Structuralism and Structural Realism, Philosophy of Science Association 2004, Austin Texas, November 2004

  56. ‘The Natural Causal Attitude’, Symposium on Causal Inference and Probability in the Physical Sciences (Spanish Society for Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science), Valladolid, Spain, November 2004 (Invited)

  57. ‘Using a black box or finding out what’s in it?’ Symposium on Risk, Uncertainty and Dissent: Dealing With “Chancy” Science and “Chancy” Society, organised by the Group of Policy Advisers (ΕU), the Philosophy Department of the London School of Economics and the European Commission’s Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville, Spain, June 2004 (Invited)

  58. ‘Scientific Realism and Metaphysics’ Conference Metaphysics in Science, Reading, May 2004 (Invited)

  59. ‘Remarks on Conceptual Change’ 4th European Symposium on Conceptual Change, Delphi May 2004 (Invited)

  60. ‘The Ultimate Argument for Realism’, University of Rotterdam February 2004 (Invited)

  61. ‘Scientific Realism and the Base-rate Fallacy’, Belgian Society for Logic and Philosophy of Science, Brussels, February 2004 (Invited)

  62. ‘A Glimpse of the Secret Connexion: Harmonising Mechanisms with Counterfactuals’ University of Gent, Belgium, February 2004 (Invited)

  63. ‘Science and Truth’ Dept of Philosophy and Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, December 2003 (Invited)

  64. ‘Ramsey’s Ramsey-sentences’ Conference Cambridge and Vienna—Frank P. Ramsey and the Vienna Circle, University of Vienna, November 2003 (Invited)

  65. ‘A Glimpse of the Secret Connexion: Harmonising Mechanisms with Counterfactuals’, University of Oslo, September 2003

  66. ‘Scientific realism and the Base-rate Fallacy’, University of Stockholm, September 2003 (Invited)

  67. ‘Scientific realism and the Base-rate Fallacy’, University of Goteborg, September 2003 (Invited)

  68. ‘A Glimpse of the Secret Connexion: Harmonising Mechanisms with Counterfactuals’ Invited talk at the 4th Athens-Pittsburgh Symposium Proof and Demonstration in the Sciences, Delphi, June 2003 (Invited)

  69. ‘A Glimpse of the Secret Connexion: Harmonising Mechanisms with Counterfactuals’, Dept of Philosophy, Bogazici University, Istanbul, May 2003 (Invited)

  70. ‘Causation: Between mechanisms and Counterfactuals’, California Institute of Technology May 2003 (Invited)

  71. ‘Causation: Between mechanisms and Counterfactuals’, University of California San Diego, May 2003 (Invited)

  72. ‘Laws and Invariance’ Workshop Metaphysics in Science, University of Edinburgh, December 2002 (Invited)

  73. ‘Cartwright’s Realist Toil: From Entities to Capacities’ Workshop Nancy Cartwright’s Philosophy of Science, University of Konstanz, December 2002 (Invited)

  74. ‘Tracking the Real: Through Thick and Thin’, Annual BSPS conference, University of Glasgow, July 2002 (Invited)

  75. ‘Is There a Place for Inference to the Best Explanation Within Bayesianism?’ Workshop ‘Deduction and Induction in the Sciences’, University of Vienna, July 2002 (Invited)

  76. ‘Scientific Realism’ and ‘Simply the Best: A Case for Abduction’ Summer School on Inference to the Best Explanation, University of Iceland, September 2001 (Invited)

  77. ‘Stroud’s Dilemma: Trouble for Physicalism?’ Workshop on Barry Stroud’s The Quest for Colour, (with a reply by Barry Stroud), University of Athens, June 2001 (Invited)

  78. ‘Is Structural Realism Possible?’ PSA 2000, Vancouver, November 2000

  79. ‘Is Structural Realism Possible?’ Lunch-time seminar at the Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, November 2000 (Invited)

  80. ‘Naturalist Check-Points’ 3rd Athens-Pittsburgh conference on Experience and Knowledge, University of Crete, October 2000 (Invited)

  81. ‘Is Structural Realism Possible?’ Annual BSPS conference, University of Sheffield, July 2000

  82. ‘On the History of the ‘Received View of Theories’: Some Hempellian Themes’ (with Demetris Portides) 3rd HOPOS Conference, University of Vienna, July 2000

  83. ‘The present State of the Scientific Realism Debate’ Conference 100 Years of Philosophy, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, May 2000 (Invited)

  84. ‘How Not to Structure Realism’ 11th International Congress of Logic, Methodology and the Philosophy of Science, Krakow, Poland, August 1999

  85. ‘Carnap and Incommensurability’ Conference Incommensurability and Related Matters, Hannover, June 1999

  86. ‘Theories as Complexes of Representational Media’ (co-authored with Robin Hendry) PSA 1998, Kansas City, October 1998

  87. ‘Abduction: Between Conceptual Richness and Computational Complexity’ Annual BSPS conference, University of Reading, September 1998 (Invited)

  88. ‘What Comes First, Explanation or Causation?’ Conference Cognitive Theory of Social Action, Turin, June 1998 (Invited)

  89. ‘Understanding Scientific Progress’, Oxford Philosophical Society, April 1998.

  90. ‘Ramsey on Scientific Theories’ Conference The Philosophy of F. P. Ramsey, Kings College London, November 1997 (Invited)

  91. ‘How Not to Structure Realism’: Annual BSPS conference, University of Oxford, September 1997 (Invited)

  92. ‘Is There a Logic of Abduction?’, First Panhellenic Symposium on Logic, University of Cyprus, July 1997

  93. ‘Constructing Carnap’s Empiricism’, Workshop Aspects of Empiricism: The Philosophy of Bas C. van Fraassen, University of Nejmegen, Holland, November 1996

  94. ‘Scientific Realism and the “Pessimistic Induction”’ PSA 1996, Cleveland OH, November 1996

  95. ‘Carnap’s Adventures in Theory-Land’ Conference The Legacy of Empiricism, University of Edinburgh, September 1996

  96. ‘Ampliative Reasoning: Abduction or Induction?’ Workshop Abductive and Inductive Reasoning (under the auspices of the European Conference of Artificial Intelligence 96), Budapest, August 1996

  97. ‘Scientific Realism and the Pessimistic Induction’ Annual BSPS conference, University of Leeds, September 1995 (Invited)

  98. ‘Ronald Giere Meets Henri Poincare: Models and Principles in Science’ 10th International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, Florence, August 1995

  99. ‘Is Structural Realism the Best of Both Worlds?’ Conference Structural Realism and the Pessimistic Meta-Induction, Centre for the Philosophy of the Natural and Social Sciences, LSE, February 1995

  100. ‘The Cognitive Interplay Between Theories and Models’, Conference Theories and Models in Scientific Processes, Warsaw, August 1994.

  101. ‘Poincare’s Conception of Mechanical Explanation’ Gongres International Henri Poincare, Nancy, France, May 1994

  102. ‘Abduction and Truth’ Annual BSPS conference, (post-graduate session), University of St. Andrews, September 1993

  103. ‘Laplace and the Caloric Theory of Heat: A case of Ad Hoc Modifications’ 19th International Congress of History of Science, University of Zaragoza, Spain, August 1993

  104. ‘Objectivity and Scientific Realism’, Conference on Objectivity, Birkbeck College, London, November 1992

  105. ‘Scientific Realism and Underdetermination of Theories by Evidence’, Annual BSPS conference, (post-graduate session), University of Durham, September 1992

  106. ‘Conceptions and Misconceptions of Ether’, Physical Interpretations of Relativity Theory, Imperial College London, June 1992




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