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October 23, 1934 |
|Philosophy of science|
Evandro Agazzi (born 1934) is an Italian philosopher and professor at the University of Genoa. His fields of interest are ethics of science and technology, logic, metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, philosophical anthropology, and systems theory.
He is a graduate of the University of Milan where he studied physics and the Catholic University of Milan where he earned a Ph.D. in philosophy in 1957. Agazzi also did post graduate work at Oxford and the universities of Marburg and Münster.
Agazzi taught mathematics at Genoa, and philosophy of science and mathematical logic at the Catholic University of Milan. He then was named professor of the philosophy of science at Genoa in 1970. He was named chair of philosophical anthropology, philosophy of nature and philosophy of science at the University of Fribourg in 1979. He has served as visiting professor at the University of Düsseldorf, the University of Berne, the University of Pittsburgh, Stanford University, and the University of Geneva as well as other institutions of learning.
He is currently president of the International Academy of Philosophy of Science, honorary president of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies and of the International Institute of Philosophy. He previously served as president of the Italian Society of Logic and Philosophy of Science, the Italian Philosophical Society, and the Swiss Society of Logic and Philosophy of Science. He served as treasurer of the International Council for Philosophy and Humanities of UNESCO. He also has been a member of the Italian National Committee for Bioethics.
Agazzi is the editor of Epistemologia, an Italian journal for the philosophy of science, and of Nuova Secondaria, an Italian journal for high school teachers. He also is a consulting editor for numerous international journals, including Erkenntnis, Revue Internationale de Philosophie, Zeitschrift für allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie, Medicina e Morale, Modern Logic, Kos, and Sandhan.
Agazzi has published over seven hundred articles in scholarly journals and essays in volumes of collected works. He is the author of nineteen books, including Philosophie, Science, Métaphysique, Right, Wrong and Science: The Ethical Dimensions of the Techno-Scientific Enterprise
- Philosophy of Mathematics Today (with György Darvas, 1997)
- Realism and Quantum Physics (1998)
- Advances in the Philosophy of Technology (with Hans Lenk, 1999)
- The Reality of the Unobservable (with Massimo Pauri, 2000)
- Life-Interpretation and the Sense of Illness within the Human Condition: Medicine and Philosophy in a Dialogue (with Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka, 2001)
- The Problem of the Unity of Science (with Jan Faye, 2001)
- Complexity and Emergence (with Luisa Montecucco, 2002)
- Valori e limiti del senso comune (2004)
Awards and honors
- Centro di Studi Filosofici di Gallarate in 1962 for his book Introduzione ai problemi dell’assiomatica
- Cortina-Ulisse in 1983
- Prince of Liechtenstein Prize in 1983 for his book Il bene, il male e la scienza
- International Prize for Philosophy Salento in 2004 for his global work