Francesca Biagioli

Francesca Biagioli
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dates de séjour

15/02/2014 - 15/07/2014



Fonction d’origine


Institution d’origine

Office allemand d'échanges universitaires (DAAD)

Fonction actuelle


Institution actuelle

Université de Vienne (Autriche)

pays d'origine


projet de recherche

Mathematical and Transcendental Method: Cassirer's Philosophy of Science

Ernst Cassirer (1874-1945) is one of the leading figures of twentieth-century philosophy, and the founder of the philosophy of symbolic forms. This is the study of human culture, its symbolic activities, and its constructions, including mathematics, natural sciences, history, and art. Owing to his philosophical project, Cassirer explores possible connections between different disciplines or even cultures. In particular, one of the goals of Cassirer’s approach is to bridge the gap between natural sciences and the humanities (i.e., C. P. Snow’s famous “two cultures”), which partly caused the divide between analytic and continental traditions in contemporary philosophy.
My purpose is to show that Cassirer’s philosophy of mathematics plays an important role in the development of his thought, both because he first studies the use of symbols and symbolic forms in connection with mathematical researches, and because his insights into the history and philosophy of mathematics offer a starting point for his treatment of specific issues in the philosophy of science.


Francesca Biagiolo is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Vienna. She previously held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Constanz (2014-16) and at the New Europe College - Institute for Advanced Study in Bucarest (2013). Her areas of specialization are: Kant and neo-Kantianism ; post-Kantian theory of knowledge ; 19th and early 20th-century philosophy of geometry ; early philosophical interpretations of general relativity; theory of measurement. She earned a PhD in philosophie from the University of Turin in 2012.