• La scoperta scientifica: la ricerca di un metodo e il suo smarrimento
    In Stefano Velotti & Luigi Conti (eds.), Strumenti del Pensiero. Vol. 2, Laterza. pp. 935-964. 2019.
    (ENG) The paper examines the first attempts put forward in ancient Greek to build a method for scientific discovery and how they have been progressively neglected. (ITA) L'articolo esamina i primi tentativi effettuati nell'antica grecia di costruire un metodo della scoperta scientifica, e analizza le ragioni che hanno portato al suo progessivo abbandono.
  • La Scoperta Scientifica: Rinascita e Raffinamento dei Metodi.
    In Stefano Velotti & Luigi Conti (eds.), Gli strumenti del Pensier, Laterza. pp. 935-964. 2019.
    (ENG) The paper examines the main approaches developed in the XIX and XX century to account for the way scientific discover unfolds. (ITA) L'articolo esamina le principali teorie filosofico-scientifiche elaborate nell'800 e nle '900 per render conto dei processi di scoperta scientifica.
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    Logic and Knowledge (edited book)
    Cambridge Scholars Publications. 2011.
  • Dark Data. Some Methodological Issues in Finance
    In Ping Chen & Emiliano Ippoliti (eds.), Methods and Finance, Springer Verlag. 2017.
  • Methods and Finance. A View From Inside
    In Ping Chen & Emiliano Ippoliti (eds.), Methods and Finance, Springer Verlag. 2017.
  • Ways of Advancing Knowledge. A Lesson from Knot Theory and Topology
    In Emiliano Ippoliti, Fabio Sterpetti & Thomas Nickles (eds.), Models and Inferences in Science, Springer. pp. 147--172. 2016.
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    Methods and Finance (edited book)
    with Ping Chen
    Springer Verlag. 2017.
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    Heuristics and Inferential Microstructures: The Path to Quaternions
    Foundations of Science 24 (3): 411-425. 2019.
    I investigate the construction of the mathematical concept of quaternion from a methodological and heuristic viewpoint to examine what we can learn from it for the study of the advancement of mathematical knowledge. I will look, in particular, at the inferential microstructures that shape this construction, that is, the study of both the very first, ampliative inferential steps, and their tentative outcomes—i.e. small ‘structures’ such as provisional entities and relations. I discuss how this pa…Read more
  • Modelling Non-Empirical Confirmation (edited book)
    with Thomas Nickles and Fabio Sterpetti
    Springer. 2016.
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    Building Theories: Heuristics and Hypotheses in Sciences (edited book)
    Springer International Publishing. 2018.
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    A Role for Representation Theorems†
    Philosophia Mathematica 26 (3): 396-412. 2018.
    I argue that the construction of representation theorems is a powerful tool for creating novel objects and theories in mathematics, as the construction of a new representation introduces new pieces of information in a very specific way that enables a solution for a problem and a proof of a new theorem. In more detail I show how the work behind the proof of a representation theorem transforms a mathematical problem in a way that makes it tractable and introduces information into it that it did no…Read more
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    I examine the way a relevant conceptual novelty in mathematics, that is, the notion of group, has been constructed in order to show the kinds of heuristic reasoning that enabled its manufacturing. To this end, I examine salient aspects of the works of Lagrange, Cauchy, Galois and Cayley. In more detail, I examine the seminal idea resulting from Lagrange’s heuristics and how Cauchy, Galois and Cayley develop it. This analysis shows us how new mathematical entities are generated, and also how what…Read more
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    Scientific Discovery Reloaded
    Topoi 1-10. forthcoming.
    The way scientific discovery has been conceptualized has changed drastically in the last few decades: its relation to logic, inference, methods, and evolution has been deeply reloaded. The ‘philosophical matrix’ moulded by logical empiricism and analytical tradition has been challenged by the ‘friends of discovery’, who opened up the way to a rational investigation of discovery. This has produced not only new theories of discovery, but also new ways of practicing it in a rational and more system…Read more
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    Logic and knowlegde (edited book)
    Cambridge Scholar Publishing. 2011.
    Logic and Knowledge Editor: Carlo Cellucci, Emily Grosholz and Emiliano Ippoliti Date Of Publication: Aug 2011 Isbn13: 978-1-4438-3008-9 Isbn: 1-4438-3008-9 The problematic relation between logic and knowledge has given rise to some of the most important works in the history of philosophy, from Books VI–VII of Plato’s Republic and Aristotle’s Prior and Posterior Analytics, to Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason and Mill’s A System of Logic, Ratiocinative and Inductive. It provides the title of an imp…Read more
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    Models and Inferences in Science (edited book)
    Springer. 2016.
    The book answers long-standing questions on scientific modeling and inference across multiple perspectives and disciplines, including logic, mathematics, physics and medicine. The different chapters cover a variety of issues, such as the role models play in scientific practice; the way science shapes our concept of models; ways of modeling the pursuit of scientific knowledge; the relationship between our concept of models and our concept of science. The book also discusses models and scientific …Read more
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    Heuristic Reasoning (edited book)
    Springer. 2014.
    reasoning is a risk-aversion strategy: it aims at minimizing as much as possible the possibility of doing mistakes, but in order to reach this goal it pays a cost, that is the fact that the novel epistemic gain it offers is small or negligible.
  • Logic and Knowledge (edited book)
    with C. Cellucci E. Grosholz
    Cambridge Scholars Press. 2011.
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    Modeling and Inferring in Science
    In Emiliano Ippoliti, Fabio Sterpetti & Thomas Nickles (eds.), Models and Inferences in Science, Springer. pp. 1-9. 2016.
    Science continually contributes new models and rethinks old ones. The way inferences are made is constantly being re-evaluated. The practice and achievements of science are both shaped by this process, so it is important to understand how models and inferences are made. But, despite the relevance of models and inference in scientific practice, these concepts still remain contro-versial in many respects. The attempt to understand the ways models and infer-ences are made basically opens two roads.…Read more