Research Team

Silvia De Bianchi

Principal Investigator

Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy - University of Milan

After receiving my PhD in Philosophy at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, I worked as post-doc in UK (University College London), Germany (Siegen University and TU Dortmund) and France (ENS Paris). In 2014 I moved to Barcelona and worked as Marie Curie Fellow at the Centre for the History of Science of the UAB and in 2017, I joined the Department of Philosophy as Ramón y Cajal Fellow. From April 2021 to December 2022, I was research fellow at the Department of Philosophy (University of Milan) and became Associate Professor in January 2023. My 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. I am interested in developing methodologies that integrate the history and philosophy of science and in exploring how models work in scientific practice.


Selected Publications


  • “Combining finite and infinite elements: Why do we use infinite idealizations in engineering?” Synthese, (2018).
  • “The stage on which our ingenious play is performed: Kant's epistemology of Weltkenntnis, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A, 2018, (2018).
  • "Introduction to the special issue Hermann Weyl and the philosophy of the ‘New Physics’" with G. Catren, Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, DOI 10.1016/j.shpsb.2017.06.005 (2017).
  • “Rethinking antiparticles. Hermann Weyl's contribution to neutrino physics” in Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, DOI 10.1016/j.shpsb.2017.03.006 (2017).
  • “Hermann Weyl e i dibattiti sulla teoria di campo unificato”, Giornale di Astronomia, 42, 4 (2016), pp. 18-23.