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Appointment: Michela Massimi

Michela Massimi has been appointed Personal Chair in Philosophy of Science in the School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences.

Professor Michela Massimi

Professor Massimi was previously a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Science. She has worked at the University since 2012.


Her research interests are primarily in the broad area of history and philosophy of modern physics, spanning from Newton and Kant to contemporary particle physics.

Professor Massimi is currently Principal Investigator for a three-year project on Kant, funded by a Leverhulme Trust International Network grant, and for a five-year European Research Council Consolidator Grant on perspectival realism.


Having studied philosophy at the University of Rome, Professor Massimi gained a PhD in philosophy at the London School of Economics.

She worked as a junior research fellow at the University of Cambridge and as lecturer and then senior lecturer at University College London before taking up her post at Edinburgh.

She has previously served on the committee of the British Society for Philosophy of Science, the editorial board of the European Journal for the Philosophy of Science and on the American Philosophy of Science Governing Board.

Professor Massimi is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science and a founding member of Integrated History and Philosophy of Science.

She is married to Mark Sprevak, who also works in the School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences. They have a five-year-old son.