Milena Ivanova

About Me

I am a philosopher working on topics in the metaphysics and epistemology of science. I'm currently a Teaching Associate in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and a Bye-Fellow at Fitzwilliam College at the University of Cambridge. Before coming to Cambridge, I was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Munich Centre for Mathematical Philosophy and a Lecturer at the University of Sydney. I obtained my PhD in Philosophy from the University of Bristol and my undergraduate degree in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Athens. My interests concern how scientific theories uncover truths about the world, the nature of scientific principles and the role of non-empirical values in science. I have worked extensively on the scientific realism debate and its history, the problem of theory choice and more recently on the concept of beauty in science. My forthcoming edited collection The Aesthetics of Science: Beauty, Imagination and Understanding (with Steven French) focuses on a diversity of aesthetic themes in science. I am also working on a monograph concerning the problem of holism in theory testing.
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Teaching

At the University of Cambridge, I coordinate the following:
    ○ Philosophy of science: metaphysics, epistemology, and values ○ Writing Support Seminars [with Emma Perkins]
    I also supervise students in Metaphysics, Aesthetics and topics in Philosophy of Science.
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 and Forthcoming Talks

Forthcoming

  • How atoms became realVenues

  • Recent

  • How atoms became realVenues
  • Beauty, truth and understandingVenues
  • Pragmatic values in scienceVenues
  • 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.]
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  • 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. Beauty, Truth and Understanding. The Aesthetics of Science: Beauty, Imagination and Understanding, ed. Steven French and Milena Ivanova. Abstract
  • Forthcoming. Theory Virtues and Acceptance. In Lauener Series in Philosophy dedicated to Bas van Fraassen’s contribution to philosophy of science, ed. Michael Frauchiger. Abstract
  • Forthcoming. Henri Poincaré. Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Philosophers.
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  • Forthcoming. Methods in Science and Metaphysics. [With M. Farr.] 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.
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