Michela Massimi



Michela Massimi joined Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh in July 2012. Before joining Edinburgh, Michela taught for seven years at UCL in the Dept. of Science and Technology Studies. She completed her PhD at the LSE in 2002, and in 2002-2005 she was Junior Research Fellow at Girton College, University of Cambridge. Michela is the recipient of the Royal Society 2017 Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal Lecture for her interdisciplinary interests in and communication of philosophy and science. In 2018 Michela was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and in 2019 Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and Member of the Academia Europaea. Michela was Co-Editor in Chief of "The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science" (2011-2016),  and Vice President of the European Philosophy of Science Association (2015-2019). She is currently President-Elect of the Philosophy of Science Association (PSA) with her two-year presidency coming up in 2023-24. For her research profile, cv, and up-to-date list of publications, see her personal webpage above.


Responsibilities & affiliations

Undergraduate teaching

Michela has organised and taught the following courses at Edinburgh:

  • Philosophy of Science Online MSc
  • Advanced Topics in Philosophy of Science
  • Science, Nature and Social Values
  • Realism, Relativism and Reality
  • Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of Science I 

In 2022/23 Michela will teach:

* Philosophy Science and Policy (Y3 course)


Office hours:

  • By appointment. Please send me an email.

Current PhD students supervised


Past PhD students supervised

Research summary

Philosophy of Science, History of Philosophy, Kant

For an up-to-date CV, list of publications and links to pre-prints of articles, please consult Prof Massimi's personal website: https://www.michelamassimi.com/


Knowledge exchange

For a full list of past and present KE events, please consult Prof. Massimi's personal website: https://www.michelamassimi.com/

Current project grants

Prof Massimi was the Principal Investigator of an ERC Consolidator Grant "Perspectival Realism. Science, knowledge and truth from a human vantage point", 2016-2021 (€1.6 million).
For the activities of the project and relevant details please see: www.perspectivalrealism.org

Past project grants

Prof Massimi was the Principal Investigator of a Leverhulme Trust International Network "Kant and the Laws of Nature" (2012-2015).
For the activities of the project and relevant info, please see: www.kantandlaws.wordpress.com