Pier Luigi Luisi

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Pier Luigi Luisi (born 23 May 1938) is an Italian chemistry professor, who has worked in Switzerland.

When he is not doing science, natural scientist Pier Luigi Luisi looks for the purpose of life within the structure and function of life itself.[1] and extrapolate life's purpose from the activities of living organisms. He graduated in Pisa.[2] He holds the view the natural scientists should look for the purpose of life within the structure and function of life itself.[1]

Luisi has suggested that the concepts of "purpose" offered by science are a "mere mental construction" which depend on the social and religious traditions of individuals in the scientific community.

The "purpose" is a mere mental construction of the scientist observer, it depends on his/her intelligence, on his race, religion, scientific beliefs. This implies that the notion of purpose is not objective, but it is contextual, changing in time and is probably different in different societies and traditions and point of time.[1]

In 1985 Luisi founded[3] the "Cortona Week", an international, multi-discipline conference that studies "Natural Sciences and the Wholeness of Life".[4] Currently he is director of the Synthetic Biology and Supramolecular Chemistry Laboratory and professor in the Biology Department at the Roma Tre University.[5]



  1. ^ a b c Luisi, Pier Luigi (1998). "Does Science See A Purpose In Life?". Center for Theoretical Study. Archived from the original on 2007-06-11. Retrieved 2007-07-26. 
  2. ^ "Pier Luigi Luisi cursus studiorum". Retrieved 2008-03-17. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Cortona - People". Cortona Week (in German). Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. 2005-06-30. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  4. ^ "Cortona week". Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. 2008-08-19. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  5. ^ "Synthetic Biology and Supramolecular Chemistry". Roma Tre University. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 

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