Lorenzo Magnani (born 1952), is an Italian philosopher who teaches philosophy of science in the Department of Humanities, Philosophy Section, at the University of Pavia, where he is full professor and directs the Computational Philosophy Laboratory. Recently he has been (2006/2012) visiting professor at the Sun Yat-sen University in China. In the event of the 50th anniversary of the re-building of the Philosophy Department of Sun Yat-sen University in 2010, an award was given to him to acknowledge his contributions to the areas of philosophy, philosophy of science, logic, and cognitive science.
Magnani's primary research interests are the philosophy of science, logic, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and philosophy of medicine. His historical research has centered on 19th and 20th century geometry and the philosophy of geometry.
Currently he is studying the processes of conceptual innovation and change in science also in the perspective of abductive reasoning. A major objective of his research is to create a working synthesis between epistemological and historical perspectives and investigations of representations and reasoning in cognitive science. Recently he addressed the problem of the relationships between morality and technology and the problem of violence in a philosophical and cognitive perspective.
His previous positions have included: visiting researcher (Carnegie Mellon University, 1992; McGill University, 1992–93; University of Waterloo, 1993; and the Georgia Institute of Technology, 1995 and 1998–99) and visiting professor (visiting professor of Philosophy of Science and Theories of Ethics at Georgia Institute of Technology, 1999–2003; Weissman Distinguished Visiting Professor at Baruch College, City University of New York, 2003).
Since 1998, initially in collaboration with Nancy J. Nersessian and Paul Thagard, created and promoted the MBR Conferences on Model-Based Reasoning.
A Doctor Honoris Causa degree was awarded to Lorenzo Magnani by the Senate of the Ştefan cel Mare University, Suceava, Romania. The award ceremony took place at the University Campus on March, 16, 2012.
Books and Edited Books
- In Italian
- Non-Euclidean Geometries (1978) (Anthology of classic texts)
- In Behalf of Architecture (with other co-authors) (1987)
- Applied Epistemology (1991)
- Philosophy and geometry (1991)
- Textbook of Logic: Classical Logic and Logic of Common Sense (co-author R. Gennari) (1997)
- Introduction to Computational Philosophy (1997)
- Knowledge as a Duty. Distributed Morality in a Technological World (2006)
- Philosophy of Violence (2012)
- Respecting People as Things (2013)
- In English
- Abduction, Reason, and Science. Processes of Discovery and Explanation (Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York, 2001). Chinese Edition [意] 洛伦佐•玛格纳尼 / 著；李大超，任远 / 译，《溯因、理由与科学——发现和解释的过程》，中国广州：广东人民出版社2006年, 2006;
- Philosophy and Geometry. Theoretical and Historical Issues (Kluwer, Dordrecht, 2001);
- Morality in a Technological World. Knowledge as a Duty (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2007) develops a philosophical and cognitive theory of the relationships between ethics and technology in a naturalistic perspective. The book describes how modern technology has brought about consequences of such magnitude that old policies and ethics can no longer contain them;
- Abductive Cognition. The Epistemological and Eco-Cognitive Dimensions of Hypothetical Reasoning (Springer Science+Business Media, Heidelberg/Berlin, 2009);
- Understanding Violence. The Intertwining of Morality, Religion, and Violence: A Philosophical Stance (Springer Science+Business Media, Heidelberg/Berlin, 2011).
- Edited Books
- L. Magnani, (ed.) (2013) Model-Based Reasoning in Science and Technology. Theoretical and Cognitive Issues, Series “Sapere", Springer, Heidelberg/Berlin.
- L. Magnani and Ping Li, (eds.) (2012) Philosophy and Cognitive Science. Western & Eastern Studies, Series “Sapere", Springer, Heidelberg/Berlin.
- L. Magnani, W. Carnielli, C. Pizzi (eds.) (2010) Model-Based Reasoning in Science and Technology. Abduction, Logic, and Computational Discovery, Series “Studies in Computational Intelligence”, Vol. 314, Springer, Heidelberg/Berlin.
- S. Iwata, Y. Oshawa, S. Tsumoto, N. Zhong, Y. Shi, and L. Magnani (eds.) (2008). Communications and Discoveries from Multidisciplinary Data, Series “Studies in Computational Intelligence”, Springer, Berlin/New York.
- L. Magnani and P. Li (eds.) (2007), Model-Based Reasoning in Science, Technology, and Medicine, Series “Studies in Computational Intelligence”, Vol. 64, Springer, Berlin/New York.
- L. Magnani and P. Li (eds.) (2006), Philosophical Investigations from a Perspective of Cognition, Guangdong People’s Publishing House, Guangzhou, (published in Chinese: [意] 洛伦佐•玛格纳尼、李平主编，《认知视野中的哲学探究》，中国广州：广东人民出版社2006年).
- L. Magnani (2006) (ed.), Model-Based Reasoning in Science and Engineering. Cognitive Science, Epistemology, Logic, College Publications, London.
- L. Magnani (ed.) (2006), Computing and Philosophy, Associated International Academic Publishers, Pavia.
- L. Magnani and R. Dossena (eds.) (2005), Computing, Philosophy and Cognition, College Publications, London.
- L. Magnani and N. J. Nersessian (eds.) (2002), Model-Based Reasoning. Scientific Discovery, Technological Innovation, Values, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York.
- L. Magnani, N. J. Nersessian, and C. Pizzi (eds.) (2002), Logical and Computational Aspects of Model-Based Reasoning, Kluwer Academic, Dordrecht.
- L. Magnani, N. J. Nersessian, and P. Thagard (eds.) (1999), Model-Based Reasoning in Scientific Discovery, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York, (Chinese edition, translated and edited by Qiming Yu and Tianen Wang, China Science and Technology Press, Beijing, 2001: 《科学发现中的模型化推理》，于祺明、王天思主译，中国北京：中国科学技术出版社2001年 ),
- L. Magnani and R. Dossena (eds.) (2004), Felix Klein: the Erlanger Program, Pristem/Storia, Springer, Milan (in Italian).
- Book Series Editor
- SAPERE - Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics, Springer Science+Business Media.
- CPL Computational Philosophy Laboratory, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy.
- Complete List of Publications
- See Author's Web Page.
MBR (Model-Based Reasoning) Conferences and Proceedings
Lorenzo Magnani has promoted and chaired the following International Conferences:
- MBR 98: Model-based reasoning in Scientific Discovery, with Nancy J. Nersessian and Paul Thagard, in Italy.
- MBR 01: Model-Based Reasoning: Scientific Discovery, Technological innovation, Values, with Nancy J. Nersessian, in Italy.
- E-CAP 2004: European Computing and Philosophy Conference, in Italy.
- MBR 04: Model-Based Reasoning in Science and Engineering, Abduction, Visualization, and Simulation, in Italy.
- MBR 06: Model-Based Reasoning in Science and Medicine, with P. Li, in China.
- MBR 09: Model-Based Reasoning in Science and Technology, with Walter Carnielli, in Brazil.
- MBR 012: Model-Based Reasoning in Science and Technology. Theoretical and Cognitive Issues, in Italy.
- Department Web Page
- Computational Philosophy Laboratory Web Site
- Visiting Professor 2005-2008
- Visiting Professor 2009-2012
- The department was incorporated into that of Beijing University (Peking University) in 1952, and it was rebuilt in 1960 at Sun Yat-sen University.
- Sun Yat-sen Award 2010
- Philosophy and Geometry, Kluwer, Dordrecht, 2001
- University of Pavia Faculty Page
- Extended Curriculum Vitae
- Recent Italian Ministry of University Funds Received
- University of Pavia Research Page
- Visiting Professor at CUNY 2003
- University of Pavia International Office
- Sun Yat-sen Web Page: Visiting Professor
- Sun Yat-Sen Web Page: PCS2011 International Conference
- Award Ceremony
- ; Chinese edition: 
- Book Series SAPERE Web Page
- Computational Philosophy Laboratory Web Site
- Author Web Page: Publications
- See the various conference pages linked beginning at the Computational Philosophy Laboratory web page of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pavia (Italy).
- Also in Chinese, cf. Author Web Page
- See complete CV