Realism and antirealism in metaphysics, science and language

Festschrift for Mario Alai

The book includes several essays written by prominent contemporary philosophers as well as by younger researchers in honor of Mario Alai on the occasion of his 70th birthday. The single original contributions delve into different foundational issues in the philosophy of science, epistemology, philosophy of language, and metaphysics, and engage in rigorous analyses of the structure and workings of different forms of human knowledge. This fruitful variety of perspectives reflects the wide-ranging and multifaceted character of Mario Alai's philosophical work and interests. The book also includes an extensive reply written by Alai himself, which amply testifies to his lifelong commitment to passionate yet fair-minded philosophical debate. 

Published in 2024

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 Axiomatic Thinking II
Editors: Fernando Ferreira, Reinhard Kahle, Giovanni Sommaruga

 These two volumes on Hilbert’s Axiomatic Thinking (Axiomatisches Denken) published by Springer contains papers of Evandro Agazzi, José Ferreiros, Reinhard Kahle, Jean Petitot, Wolfram Pohlers, Michael Rathjen, Wilfried Sieg and Paul Weingartner, delivered on the 2017 meeting of the Académie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences, organized by Reinhard Kahle in cooperation with the Academia das Ciéncias de Lisboa and Faculdade de Ciéncias e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Lisbon (October 11-14, 2017). The volumes also include contributions originated from a joint meeting of the Swiss Mathematical Society and the Swiss Society for Logic and Philosophy of Science, held on September 14-15, 2017 on the same topic at Zurich University.

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Jan Faye: The Biological and Social Dimensions of Human Knowledge

The purpose of this book is to demonstrate that natural selection has adapted human sense impressions to deliver reliable information without meeting the traditional commitments for having knowledge. In connection with memory, sensory and bodily information provides an animal with experiential knowledge. Experiential knowledge helps an animal to navigate its environment. Moreover, experiential knowledge has different functions depending on whether the deliverance of information stems from the organism’s external or internal senses.

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Published in 2023.

Jesus Pedro Bonilla Zamora: La nada nadea

Nihilism (the thesis that existence lacks an absolute, transcendent or objective value) is supposed to be the dominant philosophy of our time, but very few philosophers have expressly defended it. This book explains in accessible language the meanings of nihilism and its historical evolution, and shows why its main manifestations (atheism, ethical relativism, determinism and relativism) are extremely reasonable. The book ends by proposing a "friendly nihilism." More info

Published in 2023 


Valentin Bazhanov: A.V. Vasiliev. Nikolai I. Lobachevsky (1792 - 1856). 

This book is the most complete scientific biography of N.I. Lobachevsky, which was prepared for thirty years by the prominent Russian mathematician A.V. Vasiliev (1853-1929). Its circulation was completely destroyed by the Soviet censorship in 1927. The proofreading miraculously preserved. It was found in 1990, which made it possible to recreate this book. It describes Lobachevsky's life and scientific work: his discovery of non-Euclidean geometry, his work in analysis, applied mathematics, and astronomy. His interests in philosophy, logic, pedagogy, as well as his activities as rector of Kazan University discussed.

Published in 2023  


Valentin Bazhanov: Cultural Brain – Neuroscience – Mathematics.

The book considers the system "brain-culture-society" through the prism of the Kantian research program in modern neuroscience. It is shown that the interaction of the elements of this system and numerous feedbacks between them lead to the formation of a "cultural (social)" brain, whose features at the level of mass phenomena in turn predetermine certain features of culture. The intertwining of natural and sociocultural trajectories of human development, which analyzed in the context of naturalism and sociocentrism, leads to the idea of the possibility of their synthesis and the unity of the foundations of proto-mathematical, mathematical and artistic cognitive abilities. These points illustrated with examples from logic, mathematics, biology and musical creativity.

Published in 2022.

Interpretations of a Common World. From Antiquity to Modernity. Essays in honour of Jure Zovko

 In their contributions - dedicated to the Croatian philosopher Jure Zovko - on the philosophy of antiquity, German Idealism and the 20th century, as well as on hermeneutics, the theory of knowledge and science, metaphysics and the philosophy of religion, the twenty-two authors unfold philosophy as the interpretation of a common world. In the process, it becomes clear that philosophy, even in the diversity of its voices, ultimately always remains one, just as the world as a point of reference for human action and thought is only one, which we share with each other and which we have to recognise and preserve. More information


Fabio Minazzi, Historical Epistemology and European Philosophy of Science. Rethinking Critical Rationalis and Transcendentalism, Springer, Cham, Switzerland 2022, pp. 402


Published in 2022

Fabio Minazzi, Epistemologia storico-evolutiva e neo-realismo logico, Leo S. Olschki, Florence 2021, pp. 572;


Published in 2021

Fabio Minazzi, De Bibliosophia, Il Poligrafo, Padova 2022, pp. 448.

 

Published in 2022  

La moralità come prassi. Carteggio Ludovico Geymonat - Antonio Giolitti 1941-1965, in appendice un’intervista inedita d Antonio Giolitti, a cura e con un saggio introduttivo di Fabio Minazzi, Mimeis, Milan-Udine 2022, pp. 420;


Published in 2022