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Andrea Raimondi

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Biography

October 2009 - October 2012 M.A. in Philosophy of Science, Sapienza University of Rome, with honors - Thesis: Teleological Explanation as Scientific Explanation

October 2007 - October 2009 Excellence B.A. in Ethics and Bioethics, Sapienza University of Rome, with honors - Thesis: Logic and Biological dimension, A critique to Habermas' conception of Nature

October 2006 - October 2009 - B.A. in Philosophy of Politics and Law, Sapienza University of Rome, with honors - Thesis: Social Interaction and the Constitution of Rules

Expertise Summary

AOS: Metaphysics (powers, emergent powers and the metaphysics of causation).

AOI: Ancient and Medieval Metaphysics (Aristotle and John Duns Scoto), Philosophy of Science (mechanistic explanation, realism vs. anti-realism, cybernetics) Philosophy of Politics and Law (Surveillance Studies, Social Ontology)

EAI: Computational Ontology (foundational and domain specific ontology design, semantic web) Opendata. (EAI= Extra Academic Interests)

An extensive description of academic expertise, professional expertise and exams transcript can be found at: https://nottingham.academia.edu/AndreaRaimondi/CurriculumVitae

Teaching Summary

- Explanation and Cognition (guest lectures, spring 2013, Sapienza University of Rome)

- Realism and Antirealism in the Sciences (guest lectures, fall 2012, Sapienza University of Rome)

Research Summary

I am currently researching metaphysics of powers, or causal properties, in relation to systemic properties. These are causal properties that none of the components of the system have, and we… read more

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Current Research

I am currently researching metaphysics of powers, or causal properties, in relation to systemic properties. These are causal properties that none of the components of the system have, and we generally refer to them as emergent. We understand these properties to be basic but nonetheless composed or produced by properties on the basal level. I hope to shed light on a possible account of powers' composition, investigating the relation between the basal powers, their arrangement and the emergent powers they produce or sustain.

Past Research

M.A. in Philosophy of Science, Sapienza University of Rome - Thesis: Teleological Explanation as Scientific Explanation

I spent two years of MA researching the role of final cause and teleological causation in scientific models. According to Aristotle the final cause is not a non-physical cause but he gave no clear model of how it operate with physical matter. In my dissertation I extensively examined Aristotle's theory of final causation together with his philosophy of biology. Subsequently, I examined how the final cause was incorporated and reduced by DN model of explanation and how the same strategy is prevented in biological models. Finally, I suggested how final causes can be understood as modal/causal constrain in mechanistic models. URL: https://www.academia.edu/3487643/La_Spiegazione_Teleologica_come_Spiegazione_Scientifica

B.A. in Philosophy of Politics and Law, Sapienza University of Rome - Thesis: Social Interaction and the Constitution of Rules

I spent 3 years of BA researching self-organizing behaviors of social wholes in relation to control/surveillance mechanism. According to some authors the modal force of Law is not derived by posited legal axioms, rather agreement and rules in the social world are intrinsically modal. I discussed this modality of social dynamics in terms of rule-following. Finally, I examined what, according to this account, count as surveillance and which mechanism were set in place, starting from the birth of Modern EU States, in order to control and canalize social behavior.

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