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Maria Carla Galavotti
Department of Philosophy
University of Bologna
Academic Year 1989-90

October 2006

Maria Carla Galavotti is Full Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Bologna.

She has been “Visiting fellow” at a number of institutions, including the Department of Philosophy of Princeton University, the Center for the Study of Language and Information of Stanford University, the Centre for Time of the University of Sydney. She spent at the Pittsburgh Center of Philosophy of Science two terms in the academic year 1989-90, and went back for shorter visits many times.

While staying in Pittsburgh she did extensive work at the Archives of Scientific Philosophy in the Twentieth Century, which led to the publication of the collection of Ramsey’s papers Notes on Philosophy, Probability and Mathematics (1990). In the Fall 2005 she worked on the Bruno de Finetti Collection with the end in view of writing an Introduction to the English edition of Bruno de Finetti’s Philosophy of Probability (Springer, Forthcoming). She just organized a conference to celebrate the Centennial of Bruno de Finetti’s birth, called “Bruno de Finetti, Radical Probabilist” (Bologna, October 26-28, 2006).

Her main research topics are the foundations of probability and statistics, scientific explanation, probabilistic causality, the role and structure of models in the natural and social sciences.

She recently published the book Philosophical Introduction to Probability (Stanford: CSLI, 2005), and edited the collection Cambridge and Vienna. Frank P. Ramsey and the Vienna Circle (Dordrecht-Boston: Springer, 2006), which includes a number of papers that were read at a conference held in Vienna in 2003, to celebrate the Centennial of Ramsey’s birth.

She also edited the volumes Observation and Experiment in the Natural and Social Sciences (Dordrecht-Boston: Kluwer, 2003) and, together with P. Suppes and D. Costantini, Stochastic Causality (Stanford: CSLI 2001).

She recently took an interest in epistemological problems related to criminal trial, publishing an article together with Federico Stella (“L’‘oltre il ragionevole dubbio come standard probatorio’. Le infondate divagazioni dell’epistemologo Laudan”, Rivista Italiana di Diritto e Procedura Penale, 2006) which criticizes some recent papers of Larry Laudan. An English version of this paper is forthcoming.

She is presently working on a pluralistic view of causality that regards it as intrinsically context-dependent. She gave papers on this topic at the workshops “Causation, Probability and Decision” (Centre for Time of the University of Sydney on April 21, 2006) and “Pluralism and Causality” (LSE, October 9-10, 2006). Her article "Causal Pluralism and Context" will appear in the volume edited by M.C.Galavotti, P.Suppes and R.Scazzieri, Reasoning, Rationality and Probability (Stanford: CSLI 2007).

June 2008

Recent publications:

- “Confirmation, Probability and Logical Empiricism”, in T. Uebel e A. Richardson (eds.), Cambridge Companion to Logical Empiricism , Cambridge University Press, 2007, pp. 117-135.

- Reasoning, Rationality and Probability, ed. M.C. Galavotti, R. Scazzieri e P. Suppes, Stanford: CSLI, 2008.

- “Causal Pluralism and Context”, in M.C. Galavotti, R. Scazzieri e P. Suppes (eds.), Reasoning, Rationality and Probability, Stanford: CSLI, 2008, pp. 233-252.

- “Probability”, in Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Science, a cura di M. Curd e S. Psillos, London: Routledge, 2008, pp. 414-424.

In preparation: Bruno de Finetti: Radical Probabilist (London: College Publications, 2009), a collection of articles on Bruno de Finetti that were presented at a conference held in Bologna in December 2006 to celebrate the centennial of de Finetti’s birth.

Current projects:

Maria Carla Galavotti is Chair of the European Science Foundation Research Networking Programme “Philosophy of Science in a European Perspective” that will run until April 2013, with the participation of researchers from 20 European Countries.

January 2009

Recent publications :

- Bruno de Finetti: Radical Probabilist , M.C. Galavotti (ed.), London: College Publications, 2009): a collection of articles on Bruno de Finetti that were presented at a conference held in Bologna in December 2006 to celebrate the centennial of de Finetti’s birth.

- P. Dawid and M.C. Galavotti, “De Finetti’s Subjectivism, Objective Probability, and the Empirical Validation of Probability Assessments”, in Bruno de Finetti: Radical Probabilist , M.C. Galavotti (ed.), London: College Publications, 2009, pp. 97-114.

- “A Tribute to Janina Hosiasson Lindenbaum: a Philosopher Victim of the Holocaust”, in R. Scazzieri and R. Simili (eds.), Migration of Ideas, Sigamore Beach: Watson, 2008, pp. 179-194.

- Reasoning, Rationality and Probability, M.C. Galavotti, R. Scazzieri e P. Suppes (eds.), Stanford: CSLI, 2008.

- “Causal Pluralism and Context”, in M.C. Galavotti, R. Scazzieri e P. Suppes (eds.), Reasoning, Rationality and Probability, Stanford: CSLI, 2008, pp. 233-252.

- “Probability”, in Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Science, M. Curd and S. Psillos (eds.), London: Routledge, 2008, pp. 414-424.

- “Confirmation, Probability and Logical Empiricism”, in T. Uebel e A. Richardson (eds.), Cambridge Companion to Logical Empiricism , Cambridge University Press, 2007, pp. 117-135.

Current projects :

Maria Carla Galavotti is Chair of the European Science Foundation Research Networking Programme “Philosophy of Science in a European Perspective” that will run until April 2013, with the participation of researchers from 27 European Countries.

She is organizing the workshop “Pragmatism from Giovanni Vailati to contemporary epistemology” ( Bologna, October 12-13, 2009) with papers by P. Suppes, H. Price, M. Caamano, M. Ferrari, G. Maddalena, G. Tuzet, M. Quaranta, M. De Zan, P. Cantù, R. Campaner and M.C. Galavotti.

CV

Maria Carla Galavotti is Full Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Bologna.

She has been “Visiting fellow” at a number of institutions, including the Department of Philosophy of Princeton University, the Center for the Study of Language and Information of Stanford University, the Centre for Time of the University of Sydney. She spent at the Pittsburgh Center of Philosophy of Science two terms in the academic year 1989-90, and went back for shorter visits many times.

While staying in Pittsburgh she did extensive work at the Archives of Scientific Philosophy in the Twentieth Century, which led to the publication of the collection of Ramsey’s papers Notes on Philosophy, Probability and Mathematics (1990). In the Fall 2005 she also worked on the Bruno de Finetti Collection, while writing an Introductory essay for the English edition of Bruno de Finetti’s Philosopical Lectures on Probability (Springer, 2008). She organized a conference to celebrate the Centennial of Bruno de Finetti’s birth, called “Bruno de Finetti, Radical Probabilist” ( Bologna, October 26-28, 2006).

Her main research topics are the foundations of probability and statistics, scientific explanation, probabilistic causality, the role and structure of models in the natural and social sciences.

She published the book Philosophical Introduction to Probability (Stanford: CSLI, 2005), and edited the collection Cambridge and Vienna. Frank P. Ramsey and the Vienna Circle (Dordrecht-Boston: Springer, 2006), which includes a number of papers that were read at a conference held in Vienna in 2003, to celebrate the Centennial of Ramsey’s birth.

She also edited the volumes Observation and Experiment in the Natural and Social Sciences (Dordrecht-Boston: Kluwer, 2003) and, together with P. Suppes and D. Costantini, Stochastic Causality (Stanford: CSLI 2001).

She recently took an interest in epistemological problems related to criminal trial, publishing an article together with Federico Stella (“L’‘oltre il ragionevole dubbio come standard probatorio’. Le infondate divagazioni dell’epistemologo Laudan”, Rivista Italiana di Diritto e Procedura Penale, 2006) which criticizes some recent papers of Larry Laudan. An English version of this paper is forthcoming.

She is presently working on a pluralistic view of causality that regards it as intrinsically context-dependent. On this topic she published with Raffaella Campaner the papers: “Plurality in Causality”, in P. Machamer and G. Wolters (eds.), Thinking about Causes. From Greek Philosophy to Modern Physics, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007, pp. 178-199. Her paper “Probabilistic Causality, Observation and Experimentation” will appear in W.J. Gonzalez (ed.), New Methodological Perspectives on Observation and Experimentation in Science, La Coruña, Netbiblo.

September 2010

Maria Carla Galavotti is Full Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Bologna.
She has been “Visiting fellow” at a number of institutions, including the Department of Philosophy of Princeton University, the Center for the Study of Language and Information of Stanford University, the Centre for Time of the University of Sydney. She spent at the Pittsburgh Center of Philosophy of Science two terms in the academic year 1989-90, and went back for shorter visits many times.
While staying in Pittsburgh she did extensive work at the Archives of Scientific Philosophy in the Twentieth Century, which led to the publication of the collection of Ramsey’s papers Notes on Philosophy, Probability and Mathematics (1990). In the Fall 2005 she worked on the Bruno de Finetti Collection with the end in view of writing an introductory essay for Bruno de Finetti’s Philosophy Lectures on Probability (Dordrecht-Boston: Springer, 2008), and organizing the workshop “Bruno de Finetti, Radical Probabilist” (Bologna, October 26-28, 2006) to celebrate the Centennial of Bruno de Finetti’s birth. The proceedings of that conference are collected in the book Bruno de Finetti. Radical Probabilist (ed. M.C. Galavotti, London: College Publications 2009) .
Her main research topics are the foundations of probability and statistics, scientific explanation, probabilistic causality, the role and structure of models in the natural and social sciences.
Among her publications the volume Philosophical Introduction to Probability (Stanford: CSLI, 2005), the collections  Observation and Experiment in the Natural and Social Sciences (Dordrecht-Boston: Kluwer, 2003); Stochastic Causality (Stanford: CSLI 2001, edited together with P. Suppes and D. Costantini), Cambridge and Vienna. Frank P. Ramsey and the Vienna Circle (Dordrecht-Boston: Springer, 2006), Reasoning, Rationality and Probability, (Stanford: CSLI, 2008, edited together with R. Scazzieri and P. Suppes).
Her recent publications include the articles: “Confirmation, Probability and Logical Empiricism”, in Cambridge Companion to Logical Empiricism, eds. T. Uebel e A. Richardson, Cambridge University Press, 2007, pp. 117-135; “Probability”, in Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Science, eds. M.Curd and S. Psillos, London: Routledge, 2008, pp. 414-424; “A Tribute to Janina Hosiasson Lindenbaum: a Philosopher Victim of the Holocaust”, in Migration of Ideas, eds. R. Scazzieri and R. Simili, Sigamore Beach: Watson, 2008, pp. 179-194; P. Dawid and M.C. Galavotti, “De Finetti’s Subjectivism, Objective Probability, and the Empirical Validation of Probability Assessments”, in Bruno de Finetti: Radical Probabilist , ed. M.C. Galavotti, London: College Publications, 2009, pp. 97-114; “Probability: One or Many?” in Foundations of the Formal Sciences VI: Reasoning about Probabilities and Probabilistic Reasoning , eds. B. Löwe, E.Pacuit, J.-W. Romeijn, London: College Publications, 2009, pp. 153-170; “The Modern Epistemic Interpretations of Probability: Logicism and Subjectivism”, in Handbook of the History of Logic. Volume 10: Inductive Logic, eds. D. Gabbay, S. Hartmann and J.Woods, Elsevier, to appear in 2011, pp. 149-199; “On Hans Reichenbach’s Inductivism”, to appear in Synthèse (online version July 2009: DOI: 10.1007/s11229-009-9589-6).
Current projects:
Maria Carla Galavotti is Chair of the European Science Foundation Research Networking Programme “Philosophy of Science in a European Perspective” that will run until April 2013, with the participation of researchers from 27 European Countries.
She is presently working on a pluralistic view of causality that regards it as intrinsically context-dependent. On this topic she published with Raffaella Campaner the papers: “Plurality in Causality”, in P. Machamer and G. Wolters (eds.), Thinking about Causes. From Greek Philosophy to Modern Physics, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007, pp. 178-199 and “Causal Pluralism and Context”, in M.C. Galavotti, R. Scazzieri e P. Suppes (eds.), Reasoning, Rationality and Probability, Stanford: CSLI, 2008, pp. 233-252. Her paper “Probabilistic Causality, Observation and Experimentation” is about to appear in W.J. Gonzalez (ed.), New Methodological Perspectives on Observation and Experimentation in Science, La Coruña, Netbiblo.
A further topic of her current research relates to the application of (probabilistic) causality to medicine and criminal trial. Relevant in that connection: the talk on “Evidence and the Assessment of Causal Relations in the Health Sciences”, in cooperation with Raffaella Campane, read at the conference Progress in medicine (Bristol, April 13-15, 2010) and the other talk on “Probability, Statistics, and the Law” for the workshop on “The Debate on Mathematical Modelling in the Social Sciences”, (University of A Coruña, Ferrol Campus, September 23-24, 2010).
She is also interested in the influence of pragmatism on contemporary philosophy of science. On this topic she organized the workshop “Pragmatism from Giovanni Vailati to contemporary epistemology” (Bologna, October 12-13, 2009) with papers by P. Suppes, H. Price, M. Caamano, M. Ferrari, G. Maddalena, G. Tuzet, M. Quaranta, M. De Zan, P. Cantù, R. Campaner and M.C. Galavotti. Her paper “Probability and Pragmatism”, is forthcoming in Explanation, Prediction, Confirmation. New Trends and Old Ones Reconsidered, eds. D.Dieks, W. Gonzalez, S. Hartmann, T. Uebel, M. Weber (eds.), Dordrecht: Springer (to appear in 2011).

 
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