Curriculum Vitae
NATIONALITY:

Cypriot

ACADEMIC POSTS:

Current:
09/2016 - Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, London School of Economics.

09/2014 - Senior Lecturer, Philosophy Faculty, New College of the Humanities.

Past:
07/2013 – 07/2015 Assistant Director and Research Fellow, Duesseldorf Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science (DCLPS).

09/2012 – 04/2015 Visiting Research Fellow (12 month period over 3 years), Department of Methodology, History and Theory of Science, University of Athens. The position is funded by the EU and the Greek Government.

07/2011 – 07/2015 Research Fellow, Collaborative Research Centre 991: The Structure of Representations in Language, Cognition, and Science, University of Duesseldorf. The position is funded by the DFG (German Research Foundation).

07/2006 – 07/2015 Teaching Fellow, Philosophisches Institut, University of Duesseldorf.

08/2008 – 07/2011 Research Fellow, FOR600, University of Duesseldorf. The position was partly funded by the DFG (German Research Foundation).

08/2010 – 12/2010 Visiting Fellow, Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh.

09/2004 – 06/2006 Teaching Fellow, Department of Philosophy, University of Bristol.

EDUCATION:     

2004 London School of Economics (University of London)
PhD Philosophy ( awarded on September 30, 2004 ).
Title: ‘The Epistemological Status of Scientific Theories: An Investigation of the Structural Realist Account’

Primary Supervisor: Prof. John Worrall
Secondary Supervisor: Prof. Michael Redhead FBA

Internal Examiner: Prof. Donald Gillies (University College, London)
External Examiner: Prof. Peter Lipton (University of Cambridge)

1998 University of California, Berkeley
BA Philosophy  ( distinction in general scholarship ).

Thesis Supervisor: Prof. John Searle

PUBLICATIONS:

Edited Volumes:

'EPSA 13: Helsinki', European Philosophy of Science Association Proceedings, Springer 2015, co-edited with Uskali Maki, Stephanie Ruphy and Gerhard Schurz.

'Unification and Coherence', Theoria, 2015, vol. 30(1), co-edited with Gerhard Schurz.

'Theory-Ladenness of Experience', Journal for General Philosophy of Science, 2015, vol. 46(1), co-edited with Michela Tacca and Gerhard Schurz.

'Novel Predictions', Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 2014, vol. 45(1), co-edited with Ludwig Fahrbach and Gerhard Schurz.

'Scientific Realism Quo Vadis? Theories, Structures, Underdetermination and Reference', Synthese, 2011, vol. 180(2), co-edited with Gerhard Schurz.

Articles and Chapters:
‘Structural Realism’, in J. Saatsi (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Scientific Realism, London: Routledge, forthcoming.

‘Ad Hoc Hypotheses and the Monsters within’, in V. C. Müller (ed.), Fundamental Issues of Artificial Intelligence (Synthese Library), Berlin: Springer, 2016.

‘Philosophy of Science and Information’, in L. Floridi (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Information, London: Routledge, 2016.

‘Perception and Observation Unladened’, Philosophical Studies, 2015, vol. 172(3): 563-585.

‘Unification: Not Just a Thing of Beauty’, Theoria, 2015, vol. 30(1): 97-114.

‘Objectivity in Confirmation: Post hoc Monsters and Novel Predictions’, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, vol. 45(1): 70-78.

‘Reconstructing Scientific Theory Change by Means of Frames’, in T. Gamerschlag et al. (eds.), Frames and Concept Types, Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy, vol. 94, Springer, 2014, pp. 93-109. [secondary author, lead author: G. Schurz].

‘Putting Realism in Perspectivism’, Philosophica, 2012, vol. 84: 85–122.

‘A Frame-Theoretic Analysis of Two Rival Conceptions of Heat’, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 2012, vol. 43(1): 105-114. [lead author, secondary author: Gerhard Schurz].

‘The Prospective Stance in Realism’, Philosophy of Science, 2011, vol. 78(5): 1223-1234.

‘Data meet Theories: Up, Close and Inferentially Personal’, Synthese, 2011, vol 182(1): 89-100.

‘How not to be a Realist’, in D. Rickles (ed.) Structure, Objects and Causality, Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science, Springer 2011, ch. 3.

‘Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Structural Realism but Were Afraid to Ask’, to appear in European Journal for Philosophy of Science, 2011, vol. 1(2): 227-276. [co-authored with Roman Frigg].

‘Saving the Intuitions: Polylithic Reference’, Synthese, 2011, vol. 180(2): 121-137.

‘Structural Realism: Continuity and its Limits’, in A. Bokulich and P. Bokulich (eds.), Scientific Structuralism, (Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science), Springer, 2011, pp. 105-117.

‘Making Contact with Observations’, in M. Suarez, M. Dorato and M. Redei (eds.) EPSA Philosophical Issues in the Sciences. Launch of the European Philosophy of Science Association, vol. 2, Springer, 2010, pp. 267-277.

‘Uninterpreted Equations and the Structure-Nature Distinction’, Philosophical Inquiry, 2007, vol. 29(1-2): 57-71.

‘The Upward Path to Structural Realism’, Philosophy of Science, 2005, vol. 72(5): 1361-1372.

‘Is Structure Not Enough?’, Philosophy of Science, 2003, vol. 70(5): 879-890.

Reviews & Reports:
'Trivial Pursuit: The Case of the Travelling Facts’, review of Peter Howlett and Mary Morgan's (Eds.) How Well do Facts Travel?, Metascience, 2014, vol. 23(1): 149-152.

Review of Anjan Chakravartty’s A Metaphysics for Scientific Realism: Knowing the Unobservable, Analysis, 2009, vol 69(2):378-380.

Theoretical Frameworks and Empirical Underdetermination, Journal for General Philosophy of Science, 2009, vol. 40 (1):137-140.

Review of Yemima Ben-Menahem’s Conventionalism, Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 2008, vol. 39(1): 234–237.

Theoretical Frameworks and Empirical Underdetermination, The Reasoner, 2008, vol. 2(6): 5-6.

Review of Kyle Stanford’s Exceeding our Grasp: Science, History and the Problem of Unconceived Alternatives, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 2007, vol.21(1): 103-106.

Review of Ilkka Niiniluoto’s Critical Scientific Realism, Philosophy of Science, 2003, vol.70(2): 444-447.

Books in preparation:
Structural Realism, monograph co-authored with F.A. Muller (Utrecht & Rotterdam).

Universal Empiricism, monograph.

Articles in preparation:
‘Evidential Equivalence’ co-authored with Gerhard Schurz (Duesseldorf)

‘Logic as Ultra-Physics’

‘Liberalising the Neo-Classical Account of Reduction’

‘The Observation-Ladenness of Theory’

‘The Houdini Argument for Intrinsic Properties’

‘A Material Theory of Similarity’

‘The Observation-Ladenness of Theory’

‘Ecumenical Empiricism’

Review of Stathis Psillos’ Knowing the Structure of Nature, Philosophical Quarterly.

RESEARCH GROUPS:
2011 - 2015 University of Duesseldorf, Project B4: ‘A frame-theoretic investigation of unification and reduction in scientific theories’, part of the Collaborative Research Centre CRC 991 ‘The Structure of Representations in Language, Cognition, and Science’ funded by the DFG - German Research Foundation.

2012 – 2014 University of Athens, 'Aspects and Prospects of Realism in the Philosophy of Science and Mathematics', funded by the EU and the Greek Government.

2008 - 2011 University of Duesseldorf, Project B6: 'A frame-theoretic investigation of the dynamics of scientific theories, their conceptual systems and their realistic reference', part of the interdisciplinary group FOR 600 ‘Functional Concepts and Frames’ funded by the DFG - German Research Foundation.

2000 - 2004 London School of Economics, Centre for Philosophy of the Natural and Social Science     
Structuralism project (Research Assistant)
Darwin@LSE project  (Research Assistant)

MEDIA:
Oct. 2013, podcast interview by Tony Sobrado, http://thebiggestquestions.org/

REFEREED FOR:

Journals:
Australasian Journal of Philosophy
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Dialectica
Erkenntnis
European Journal for the Philosophy of Science
International Studies in the Philosophy of Science
Journal for General Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Science
Philosophical Papers
Polish Journal of Philosophy
Science and Education
Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Synthese
Theoria

Chapters in Books:
Stephan Hartmann and Luc Bovens (eds.) (2006) Nancy Cartwright's Philosophy of Science, Routledge.

Claus Beisbart and Stephan Hartmann (eds.) (2011) Probabilities in Physics, Oxford University Press.

Publishers:
Routledge

Encyclopaedias:
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

SELECTED TALKS:

Upcoming:
Nov. 2014 – ‘Principia Universalis’, Philosophy of Science Association 2014 Biennial Conference, Chicago.

Recent:
Mar. 2014 – ‘The Metaphysical Status of Logical Principles’, Thales Research Group, University of Athens.

Jan. 2014 – ‘Ad hoc-ness and Monstrousness’, Unification and Coherence workshop, University of Duesseldorf.

Nov. 2013 – ‘An Inferentialist Account of Confirmation’, Workshop on Inferentialism in Epistemology and Philosophy of Science, UNED Madrid.

Oct. 2013 – ‘Logic as Ultra-Physics’, California State University Los Angeles.

Oct. 2013 – ‘Positivism in the 21st Century’, graduate seminar, University of California Davis.

Oct. 2013 – ‘Empiricism Unchained’, Bay Area Philosophy of Science, San Francisco State University.

Sept. 2013 – ‘Science with Artificially Intelligent Agents’, 2nd Conference on the Philosophy and Theory of Artificial Intelligence (PT-AI 2013), University of Oxford.

July 2013 – ‘The Scientific Method’, British Society for the Philosophy of Science Annual Conference, University of Exeter.

May 2013 - ‘Objectivity in Confirmation’, Philosophy of Science in a Forest (PSF2013), Leusden, Netherlands.

April 2013 – ‘Post-Hoc Monsters and the Frankenstein Theory of Confirmation’, Logos Colloquium, University of Barcelona.

March 2013 – ‘The Houdini Argument for Intrinsic Properties’, The Metaphysics of Scientific Realism Workshop, University of Athens.

Nov. 2012 – ‘Επανεκτιμόντας την Εμβέλεια των Προσδιορίστικων Παραγόντων στη Θέση του Υποπροσδιορισμού’, 2nd Panhellenic Conference for the Philosophy of Science.

Nov. 2012 – ‘Universal Empiricism’, Philosophy of Science Association Twenty-Third Biennial Meeting, San Diego [presented in my absence by Otavio Bueno].

Oct. 2012 – ‘Πρωτότυπες Προβλέψεις και η Θεωρία της Επικύρωσης’, Department of Methodology, History and Theory of Science, University of Athens.

Aug. 2012 – ‘Reference for Realists’, Reference and Scientific Realism Symposium, Wuhan University.

July 2012 – ‘The Feeble, Few and Far Between Coincidences Argument for Realism’, British Society for the Philosophy of Science Annual Conference, University of Sterling.

June 2012 – ‘Arguing for Scientific Realism: Some Lessons from Confirmation Theory’, Mind, Language, Knowledge: The Perspective of Philosophy, University of Cyprus.

June 2012 – ‘Why Care about the Scientific Realism Debate?’, Plenary Talk, 7th Quadrennial International Fellows Conference, University of Mugla.

Jan 2012 – ‘Perspectival Realism’, Perspectivalism Workshop, University of Ghent.

July 2011 – ‘Simplicity as a Guide to Falsity?’, 14th Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, University of Nancy.

July 2011 – ‘Structural Realism and Causation: An Unhappy Marriage?’, British Society for the Philosophy of Science Annual Conference, University of Sussex.

May 2011 – ‘Runaway Models‘, Seminario di Logica e Filosofia della Scienza, Università di Firenze.

May 2011 – ‘Endorsing the Methods of Science‘, Dipartimento di Filosofia, Università di Pisa.

May 2011 – ‘Structural Realism meets the Social Sciences’, IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca.

April 2011 – ‘ Philosophy and Science: Past, Present and Future‘, The Metaphysical Society’s Annual Symposium, Trinity College Dublin.

Nov 2010 – ‘Epistemic and Ontic Commitments: In Perfect Alignment?’, invited talk, Structuralism Workshop, University of Notre Dame.

Nov 2010 – ‘The Prospective Stance in Realism’, Philosophy of Science Association Twenty-Second Biennial Meeting, Montreal.

Oct 2010 – ‘The Logic of Crucial Experiments’, Philosophy of Scientific Experimentation: A Challenge to Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh.

Sept 2010 – ‘Structural Realism: From an Epistemological Point of View’, invited talk, Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh.

July 2010 – ‘Heat in Inter-theory Relations’, British Society for the Philosophy of Science Annual Conference, University College Dublin.

June 2010 – ‘Scientific Representation and Perspective’, invited talk, University of Bochum.

June 2010 – ‘Thinking about Scientific Understanding and Explanation as a Structural Realist’, Understanding and the Aims of Science, Lorentz Center, University of Leiden.

May 2010 – ‘The Pessimistic Meta-Inductivist: A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing?’, Philosophy of Science in a Forest (PSF2010), Dutch Association for the Philosophy of Science.

Oct 2009 - 'The Double Life of Evidence: From the Streets to the Labs', European Philosophy of Science Association Biennial Conference, Free University of Amsterdam (Netherlands).

Sept 2009 – 'Structural Realism: Invariance through Theory Change', SOPHA 2009, University of Geneva (Switzerland).

June 2009 - 'Δομικός Ρεαλισμός: Ιστορική Συνοχή και τα Όρια της', 5th Pan-Hellenic Conference in the History, Philosophy and Teaching of Natural Sciences, University of Cyprus (Cyprus).

Aug 2009 - 'The Caloric Under a Frame-Theoretic Spotlight', with Gerhard Schurz, Concepts, Types and Frames in Language, Congition and Science, University of Duesseldorf (Germany).

March 2009 - 'Metaphilosophical Ruminations on Theoretical Term Reference', Research Seminar in Epistemology and Philosophy of Science, University of Tilburg (Netherlands).

Sept. 2008 – 'Data Meet Theories: Up Close and Personal', Data - Phenomena - Theories: What's the notion of a scientific phenomenon good for?, University of Heidelberg (Germany).

Aug 2008 – 'Kuhn Loss: A Dilemma', Sixth European Congress for Analytic Philosophy, Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland).

July 2008 – 'Ecumenical Empiricism', Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and Mind Association, University of Aberdeen (UK).

July 2008 – 'What’s Wrong with the Problem of Unconceived Alternatives?', British Society for the Philosophy of Science Annual Conference, University of St. Andrews (UK).

June 2008 - 'The Scope of Fiction: Comments on Tim Button's "Where Fiction Ends and Reality Begins" ', MetaMetaphyics Conference at Logos (Logic, Language and Cognition Research Group), University of Barcelona (Spain).

April 2008 – 'Saving the Intuitions: Polylithic Reference', Theoretical Frameworks and Empirical Underdetermination Workshop, University of Duesseldorf (Germany).

Nov. 2007 – 'Making Contact with Observations', First Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association, Complutense University Madrid (Spain).

Aug. 2007 – 'How not to be a Realist or Why we Ought to Make it Safe for Closet Structural Realists to Come out', Structure, Objects and Causality Workshop, Banff (Canada).

July 2007 – 'The Observation-Ladenness of Theory', Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and Mind Association, University of Bristol (UK).

Nov. 2006 – ‘Structural Realism 2.0’, Philosophy of Physics Research Seminar, University of Oxford (UK).

June 2006 – ‘Structural Continuity and its Limits’, University of Utrecht, (Netherlands).

May 2006 – ‘Seeing the Same Things’, Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands).

Aug. 2005 – ‘Deflating Scientific Explanation, or How to Make the Realist Raft Float’, Philosophical Perspectives on Scientific Understanding, Free University of Amsterdam (Netherlands).
 
July 2005 – ‘Evidential Equivalence’, British Society for the Philosophy of Science Annual Conference, (Manchester, UK).

Nov. 2004 – ‘The Upward Path to Structural Realism’, Philosophy of Science Association Nineteenth Biennial Meeting, (Austin, TX, USA).

Aug. 2004 – ‘Caloric: Centre or Offstage?’, 8th Summer Symposium, International Society for the Philosophy of Chemistry, (Durham, UK).

July 2004 – ‘N-Correspondence’, British Society for the Philosophy of Science Annual Conference, (Kent, UK).

Aug. 2003 – ‘What the History of Science Cannot Teach Us’, 12th International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, (Oviedo, Spain).

Nov. 2002 – ‘Is Structure Not Enough? ’, Philosophy of Science Association Eighteenth Biennial Meeting, (Milwaukee, WI, USA).

July 2002 – ‘Overcoming Newman’s Objection’, Sixth National Postgraduate Analytic Philosophy Conference, (Bristol, UK).

July 2002 – ‘Underdetermination: Quine and Ramsey’, British Society for the Philosophy of Science Annual Conference, (Glasgow, UK).

June 2002 – ‘Is Structure Not Enough?’, Fourth European Congress for Analytic Philosophy, (Lund, Sweden).

Conference/Workshop/Symposium Organising:  
Summer 2015 University of Duesseldorf
European Philosophy of Science Association Biennial Conference 2015, (planning stage, to be co-organised with G. Schurz).

Nov. 6-8 2014 Chicago
The Scientific Method – Revisited, Symposium at the Philosophy of Science Association 2014 Biennial Conference. (co-organised with Nancy Cartwright, Clark Glymour, Sam Schindler and Elliott Sober).

Jan. 16, 2014 University of Duesseldorf
Unification and Coherence. (co-organised with G. Schurz), funded by the DFG, project B04, CRC991.

March 10-11, 2011 University of Duesseldorf
The Theory-Ladenness of Experience. (co-organised with G. Schurz and M. Tacca), partly funded by the DFG Research Unit FOR 600 Functional Concepts and Frames.

February 25-26, 2011 University of Duesseldorf
Novel Predictions. (co-organised with L. Fahrbach and G. Schurz)

Oct 21-24, 2009 - European Philosophy of Science Association Conference, Free University of Amsterdam
Symposium 'Different Methodologies, One Aim: Evidence and Theory at the Confluence'. (co-organised with G. Hon, M. van Dyck, D. Lagnado and J. W. Romeijn)

April 10-12, 2008 University of Duesseldorf
Theoretical Frameworks and Underdetermination Workshop. (co-organised with G. Schurz)
funded by the DFG Research Unit FOR 600 Functional Concepts and Frames

March 23, 2002 London School of Economics
Structural Realism and Newman’s Problem. (co-organised with J. Worrall)
funded by the British Society for the Philosophy of Science.

Scientific Committees & Conference Refereeing:  
PT-AI 2013, CogSci2013, GWP2013, CTF12, 5th Pan-Hellenic Conference in the History, Philosophy and Teaching of Natural Sciences, etc.

TEACHING:

Lectures:
University of Bristol, Department of Philosophy:
2005 - 2006 First Term: Epistemology, Philosophy of Science (intermediate)
                       Second Term: Philosophy of Science (advanced)

2004 - 2005 First Term: Philosophy of Science (intermediate)
                       Second Term: Philosophy of Science (advanced)

Graduate/Advanced Seminars: 
University of Duesseldorf, Philosophisches Institut:
2014 Second Term: Philosophy of Social Science

2011 Second Term: Structural Realism

2009 - 2010 First Term: Evidence
                       Second Term: Philosophical Logic

2008 - 2009 First Term: Intuitions
                       Second Term: The Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence

2007 - 2008 First Term: Scientific Realism
                       Second Term: The Theory-Ladenness of Observation

2006 - 2007 First Term: Scientific Realism
                       Second Term: The Theory-Ladenness of Observation

University of Bristol, Department of Philosophy:
2005 - 2006 First Term: Philosophical Writing and Research Seminar
                       Second Term: Scientific Epistemology and Methodology
                                      
2004 - 2005 First Term: Philosophical Writing and Research Seminar
                       Second Term: Scientific Epistemology and Methodology, Philosophy of Biology

London School of Economics, Department of Philosophy:
2001 & 2003 Organised and led seminars on Structural Realism during the Lent terms at the Department of Philosophy.

Undergraduate Tutorials:
University of Bristol, Department of Philosophy:
2005 - 2006 First Term: Introduction to Philosophy A
                       Second Term: Introduction to Philosophy B , Philosophy of Science (advanced)

2004 - 2005 First Term: Introduction to Philosophy A , Epistemology
                       Second Term: Introduction to Philosophy B , Philosophy of Science (advanced)

London School of Economics, Department of Philosophy:
2003 - 2004   Reason, Knowledge and Values: An Intro to Philosophy
2003 - 2004   Special Topics in the Philosophy of Natural and Social Science
2001 - 2002   Logic                     
2000 - 2001   Scientific Method
2000 - 2001   Scientific Revolutions
1999 - 2000   Frege and Russell
          
Training: 
July 4th 2002 LTSN Workshop on teaching Philosophy of Science.

Oct. 4th 1999 Induction Session for Part-time Teachers

Sept. 20-21 1999 Introduction to Teaching and Learning Workshop

Supervision:
Unofficial PhD supervision of Guillaume Maranda (PhD awarded in 2009 by the University of Bristol, official supervisor Alexander Bird), postgraduate and undergraduate essay supervision.

Committees:
PhD progress interviews, MA essay supervision, Finals essay tutor, Graduate Studies Committee, Staff-Student Committee, etc.

FUNDING:

Post-doctoral:

2011 - 2015 German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft): 'A frame-theoretic investigation of unification and reduction in scientific theories'.

2012 – 2014 EU and Greek Government Funds: ‘Aspects and Prospects of Realism in the Philosophy of Science and Mathematics’ - Visiting Fellow (total: 12 months); Project leader: Stathis Psillos.

2008 - 2011 German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft): 'A frame-theoretic investigation of the dynamics of scientific theories, their conceptual systems and their realistic reference'.

2004 - 2007 Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, Juan de la Cierva Programme, elected for a 3-year postdoc, [NB: I did not take up this post and went to Bristol instead].

Doctoral Scholarships:
LSE Research Studentship 1999-2000, 2001-2002, 2002-2003.

MISCELLANEA:

Other Work Experience:
1999 – 2000  House of Commons, Research Assistant (intern) for Richard Burden (Labour MP).

1990 – 1992  Cypriot National Guard, Cyprus, Cryptographer for the Telecommunications Division

Volunteer Work:
Dec 2001 and Jan 2002 London School of Economics, Chaired debates of the Goldman Sachs Foundation Winter School for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  
Languages:      
Fluent in English and Greek; intermediate French; elementary German

REFERENCES:
Main: Prof. Stathis Psillos (Athens), Prof. Gerhard Schurz (Duesseldorf), Prof. John Worrall (LSE).

Others: Prof. Alexander Bird (Bristol), Prof. Nancy Cartwright FBA (LSE), Dr. Helena Cronin (LSE), Prof. Steven French (Leeds), Prof. Donald Gillies (UCL), the late Prof. Peter Lipton (Cambridge), Prof. Michael Redhead FBA (LSE).
Philosophy Faculty, New College of the Humanities, 19 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3HH, ioannis.votsis(/a-t\)nchlondon.ac.uk
Department of Philosophy, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE