Conferenza finale del progetto MIRRORS
Catania 21-22 settembre 2009
Via Tomaselli 31
Professor Francesco Coniglione is the coordinator of the project. Francesco Coniglione is Full Professor of History of Philosophy at the University of Catania and Head of the “Dipartimento Processo Formativi”. From September 1985 to May 1986 he was Visiting Fellow at the University of Poznan. He is member of the Advisory Committee of the “Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities” (Rodopi Publisher, Amsterdam/Atlanta), of the “Polish Journal of Philosophy” and of the Journal “PL.IT – Rassegna Italian di argomenti polacchi”. Together with Arianna Betti he is editor of the Polish Philosophy Page which in January 1999 was awarded the “Gems of the Web Award” by EpisthemeLinks.com. His major scientific interests focus on the history of scientific philosophy in the XX century and particularly in the Polish tradition and its relationship with the Europeanphilosophical culture.
Giacomo Borbone graduated in Education at the University of Catania in 2006 with a dissertation on science and Marxist theory in Antonio Labriola. He is now attending the PHD school in “Human Sciences” at the University of Catania. His main scientific interests include idealization and science in the Poznan School, science and society in the Marxist theory and in the Italian philosophical thought of XX century. His main work is L’eredità di Antonio Labriola nella cultura italiana, Lulu 2007.
Michelangelo Caponetto graduated in philosophy in 2000 at the University of Catania (summa cum laude). From September 2002 to April 2003 he was a visiting scholar at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. From October 2006 to April 2007 he visited the Center for Philosophy of Natural and Social Sciences of the London School of Economics. He is attending the PHD school in “Fondamenti e metodi dei processi formativi” [foundations and methods of educational processes] at the University of Catania, working on a dissertation on the problem of the a priori and recent interpretations of Kantian philosophy of science and epistemology.
Rosaria Di Tommasi graduated in Philosophy (summa cum laude) a the University of Catania in 2002. Her final work concerned the relationship between Nietzsche’s works on aesthetics and the Sicilian traditional folk music. She got a PhD in Human Sciences in February 2009 at the “Dipartimento di processo formativi” with a thesis on russellian epistemology and the relationship between scientific knowledge and common sense, titled: Episteme e Doxa. Origini e relazioni tra Scienza e Senso comune nell'epistemologia di B. Russell. The work analyses the notion of “common sense” and of "scientific image" of the world compared in the thought of philosophers such as Whitehead, Russell, Moore, Mach, Sellars, Koyré and Wittgenstein. Her main scientific interest at the moment are about theory of knowledge, formal and informal knowledge, creativity and other kinds of human thought.
Cinzia Rizza graduated in pedagogy at the University of Catania (summa cum laude) in 1997. In 1999 and 2000 she took classes in history of philosophy at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, in Paris. In 2005 she got a Phd in “Philosophy and history of ideas” at the University of Catania. Since 2001 she has been tutor at the Facoltà Scienze della Formazione of the University of Catania and the University of Enna, Italy. Her scientific interests are mainly about the philosophy of science in Italy in the early XX century.
Anna Benedetta Francese graduated in Philosophy (summa cum laude) at the University of Catania in 1999 with a dissertation on ethics and technics in Heidegger’s thought. In 2005 she got her Phd in “Fondamenti e metodi dei processi formativi” [foundations and methods of educational processes] at the University of Catania with a dissertation on Louis Rougier and Logical Positivism in France. Her teaching and research activity has focused on multi-media didactics, particularly in projecting and evaluating learning systems in the e-learning environment. She is also interested in French epistemology.
Giuseppe Sapienza graduated in Philosophy (summa cum laude) at the University of Catania with a dissertation in “the Knowledge Process in Marcel Proust’s work”. In 2003 he specialized at the University of Padova, Italy, attending a course on “La qualità nei sistemi formativi” [Quality of education systems]. He is attending the PHD school in “Fondamenti e metodi dei processi formativi” at the University of Catania, Italy. Since 2001 he has worked as tutor and manager of projects at the “Istituto Sistemi Formativi Avanzati e Ricerche”, in Enna. From 2001 to 2004 he had a teaching appointment at the ssociazione Nazionale Scuola Italiana in Enna, Italy. His main scientific interests include philosophy of biology and the problem of progress in science and society.
Salvatore Vasta teaches History of Science at the Facoltà di Scienze della formazione of the University of Catania. He graduated in Philosophy (summa cum laude) at the University of Catania. He concluded a PhD in “Fondamenti e Metodi dei Processi Formativi” [foundations and methods of educational processes]. His PhD dissertation concerned the evolutionary epistemology of Konrad Lorenz. He was Visiting Scholar at the Social Science Research Center of the Mississippi State University and at the Philosophy Department of the University of Nevada (Reno). His main interests are the History and Philosophy of Science, in particular the relation between epistemology and evolutionism. He is currently working on the relation between philosophy and science in T. H. Huxley.
Enrico Viola graduated in Philosophy (summa cum laude) at the University of Catania, Italy in 2003. He spent a year studying at the University of Liverpool, England, as a European Exchange Visiting Student (Erasmus Programme), where he took two courses of logic (Modern and Modal Logic) ranking first in both classes. When an undergraduate, he also wrote a 40.000 word dissertation on Ramsey's subjective theory of probability. He took a MSc in Philosophy and History of Science in a London School of Economics/King's College joint program in 2006, submitting a dissertation (10.000 words), supervised by professor David Papineau, which concerns the impact of evo-devo on the agenda of evolutionary biology. He is currently a Phd student in Human Sciences at the University of Catania, Faculty of Scienze della Formazione. His main interests are the history and philosophy of probability and the philosophy of biology. He is currently working on the testability of Population Genetics relative to the new challenges of Molecular Biology.