Stefano Gattei

Stefano Gattei

The Philosopher at Work

Sidney Edelstein Fellow

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For over two decades Stefano Gattei has worked on key issues of contemporary philosophy of science, such as the dynamics of theory-change and conceptual change, the incommensurability thesis, realism, and relativism. He has published extensively on critical rationalism and Thomas Kuhn’s model for the growth of scientific knowledge, including a few books (among them, Thomas Kuhn’s “Linguistic Turn” and the Legacy of Logical Positivism (Ashgate, 2008) and Rationality without Foundations (Routledge, 2009); he is also editing the fourth volume of Paul Feyerabend’s philosophical papers titled Physics and Philosophy (under contract with Cambridge University Press).

In the past few years Gattei has focused almost exclusively on the history of early modern astronomy and cosmology, with special reference to Johannes Kepler, and the history of books. He is about to publish the critical edition and annotated translation of Strena seu de nive sexangula (1611), and he is working on a book on the interpretation of the engraved frontispiece of Kepler’s Tabulae Rudolphinae (1627), under contract with Oxford University Press. He is very interested in the role of images and diagrams in early modern scientific books.

His recent works include “Galileo and Tennis: Reconciling the New Physics with Common Sense” and “The Wandering Scot: Thomas Seget’s Album Amicorum” (both published in Nuncius in 2013) and a detailed analysis of the so-called Flammarion engraving: “An Original Fake: Closing the Debate on Flammarion’s Engraving” (in Fakes!? Hoaxes, Counterfeits and Deception in Early Modern Science [Science History Publications, 2014]). He is currently working on a study of the inscriptions celebrating Galileo on the façade of “Palazzo dei Cartelloni” in Florence as well as on the early history of the Accademia dei Lincei.

Gattei teaches history and philosophy of science, argumentation theory, and philosophy of the social sciences at various Italian universities, most recently at the University of Pisa and the IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca. He is also very active in the public understanding of science and philosophy: he is a regular contributor to Corriere della Sera, Italy’s main newspaper; and he was the scientific consultant for the theatrical play ITIS Galileo by Marco Paolini.

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