Milena Ivanova

Philosophy of Science | Epistemology | Metaphysics

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About Me

I am a philosopher working on topics in the metaphysics and epistemology of science. I received my doctoral degree in 2013 from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Bristol. My thesis, Realism, Conventionalism and Theory Choice, was supervised by James Ladyman and examined by Michael Friedman and Samir Okasha. My doctoral research was funded by the British Society for the Philosophy of Science (2009-2011) and the Royal Institute of Philosophy (2011-2012). Between 2013-2014, I was a lecturer in the Unit for History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Sydney. Between 2015-2017 I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy and a visiting research fellow at the University of Queensland. Currently, I am an affiliated scholar at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge.

Research

My work falls within the scope of philosophy of science, epistemology and metaphysics. Particularly, I am interested in the scientific realism debate, the development of conventionalism and pragmatism and the role of non-empirical factors in scientific reasoning. My current research addresses two epistemological issues in philosophy of science: (1) the nature of scientific principles; and (2) the role of non-empirical values in science. My work is informed by the history of philosophy of science, especially the relationship between science and philosophy in the early twentieth century.
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Teaching

At the University of Cambridge, I coordinate the Writing Support Seminars, and supervise 2nd and 3rd year students in Philosophy of Science (including topics from general philosophy of science, philosophy of social sciences, philosophy of physics, philosophy of biology and cognitive science). I am Director of Studies in Philosophy at Emmanuel College and Hughes Hall and in History and Philosophy of Science at Wolfson College and Hughes Hall.

At the MCMP I coordinated the following courses:
    Aesthetics of Science +info The A Priori in Science+info
At the University of Sydney, I coordinated the following courses:
    What Is This Thing Called Science?+info Philosophy of Science (Advanced)

Recent Activities

In 2017 I organized the conference Aesthetics of Science with Steven French, held at the University of Leeds, which was funded by an award from the British Society for Aesthetics. I wrote a recent blogpost about my work on this topic. In 2017 I became a member of the Nomination and Election Committee of the Society of History and Philosophy of Science.

In 2016 I organised the workshop First Principles in Science: Their Epistemic Status and Justification with Catherine Herfeld, and the 2016 Munich Summer School on Philosophy of Science for Female Students with Karolina Krzyżanowska and Sam Fletcher. I also ran a career workshop for female students and served as a mentor for students at LMU.

In 2015 I organised, together with Catherine Herfeld and Kristina Liefke, the Summer School on Mathematical Philosophy for Female Students which took place at the MCMP in 2015 [read our blogpost about the summer school]. I was also on the programme committee of the 8th Munich-Sydney-Tilburg conference, Objectivity in Science. I previously organised the conference Conventional Principles in Science, which took place at the University of Bristol in 2011.

I am currently editing a special issue for Synthese on First Principles in Science, with Catherine Herfeld. Together with Matt Farr I edited a special issue of Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics entitled 'Conventional Principles in Science'. Read our introduction to the special issue.

I am the category editor of Varieties of Scientific Realism, Entity Realism and Convergent Realism for PhilPapers.

Other

My Erdös number is 4: Erdös→J. M. Anderson→K. Binmore→C. Paternotte→Me.

I am married to this fellow philosopher, and we're together raising our daughter Cailyn.

Publications

Books

  • Forthcoming. The Aesthetics of Science: Beauty, Imagination and Understanding. Edited with Steven French. Routledge. Description
  • Journal Articles

  • 2017. Aesthetic Values in Science. Philosophy Compass. Preprint. Abstract
  • 2017. Poincaré's Aesthetics of Science. Synthese. Preprint. Abstract
  • 2017. Virtues and Vices in Scientific Practice. Synthese. [With C. Paternotte.] Abstract
  • 2015. Conventionalism about what? Where Duhem and Poincaré part ways. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. Preprint. Abstract
  • 2015. Conventionalism, structuralism and neo-Kantianism in Poincaré׳s philosophy of science. Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics. Preprint. Abstract
  • 2015. Conventional Principles in Science: On the foundations and development of the relativized a priori. Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics. [With M. Farr.] Preprint.
  • 2013. Theory Choice, Good Sense and Social Consensus. Erkenntnis. [With C. Paternotte.] Preprint. Abstract
  • 2013. Did Perrin's Experiments Convert Poincaré to Scientific Realism?. HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science. Preprint. Abstract
  • 2011. ‘Good Sense’ in Context: A Response to Kidd. Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science. Abstract
  • 2011. Friedman's Relativized A Priori and Structural Realism: In Search of Compatibility. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Preprint.
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  • 2010. Pierre Duhem’s Good Sense as a Guide to Theory Choice. Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science. Preprint. Abstract
  • Book Chapters

  • Forthcoming. Methods in Science and Metaphysics. [With M. Farr.] Commissioned for Routledge Handbook of Metametaphysics, ed. James Miller and Ricki Bliss.
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  • 2014. Is There a Place for Epistemic Virtues in Theory Choice? In Virtue Scientia: Bridges Between Virtue Epistemology and Philosophy of Science (Ed. Abrol Fairweather), Synthese Library. Abstract
  • Edited Journal Special Issues

  • Forthcoming. First Principles in Science. Special issue of Synthese. [With C. Herfeld]
  • 2015. Conventional Principles in Science: On the foundations and development of the relativized a priori. Special issue of Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics. [With M. Farr]
  • Book Reviews

  • 2017. David Stump’s Conceptual Change and the Philosophy of Science: Alternative Interpretations of the A Priori. HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science.
  • 2014. John Wright's Explaining Science's Success. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science.
  • 2013. Steven French and Juha Saatsi's Continuum Companion to the Philosophy of Science. Science and Education.
  • Works in progress

  • Beauty, Truth and Understanding. [Commissioned]
  • Pragmatic values in science. [Commissioned]
  • Talks

    Forthcoming

  • How atoms became realVenues
  • Beauty, truth and understandingVenues

  • Presented

  • Pragmatic values in scienceVenues
  • How atoms became realVenues
  • Beauty, truth and understandingVenues
  • Aesthetic Values in Science. Venues
  • The role and justification of aesthetic values in science. Venues
  • Mach, Duhem and the Limits of Scientific Knowledge. Venues
  • The evolution of constitutive principles. Venues
  • The A Priori in Science. Venues
  • Poincaré's aesthetics of science. Venues
  • Duhem’s solution to theory choice. Venues
  • Conventionalism about what? Where Duhem and Poincaré part ways. Venues
  • Conventionalism, Structuralism and Neo-Kantianism in Poincaré's Philosophy of Science. Venues
  • Does Duhem's 'Good Sense' Make Sense?. (With Cedric Paternotte.) Venues
  • Is There a Place for Epistemic Virtues in Theory Choice? Venues
  • Is the Relativized A Priori Incompatible with Scientific Realism?
     Venues
  • Can the Realist Solve the Problem of Underdetermination of Theory by Evidence? Venues
  • More Worries for Structural Realism: a Dilemma from the Relativized A Priori. Venues
  • Photography and site design by Matt Farr.