Silvia de Bianchi

Affiliation: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, ES

Keywords: History and Philosophy of 18th and 20th century Physics, History and Philosophy Cosmology, Explanation and idealization in the natural sciences and engineering, Immanuel Kant, Hermann Weyl



Full profile:

After receiving her PhD in Philosophy at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, she worked as post-doc in UK (University College London), Germany (Siegen University and TU Dortmund) and France (ENS Paris). In 2014 she moved to Barcelona and worked as Marie Curie Fellow at the Centre for the History of Science of the UAB. In 2017, she joined the Department of Philosophy as Ramón y Cajal Fellow. On the very same year she was awarded the ERC-StG Grant n. 758145: PROTEUS “Paradoxes and Metaphors of Time in Early Universe(s)” (Project website:

Research Interests:

Her 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. She develops methodologies that integrate the history and philosophy of science and explores how models work in scientific practice. In 2017 she undertook the project RYC-2015-17289: “From the origin of Earth to ethics: Kant and the sciences of his time” (2017-2022). In September 2018 she started 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.