I am interested in examining standard issues of the philosophy of science, from the novel and relatively unexplored perspective of chemistry. This includes questions like:
- How does chemistry contribute to our understanding of the world around us? Specifically, how does chemistry inform our understanding of the structure and composition of matter?
- What is the relation between chemistry and other sciences, such as physics and biology?
- What sort of idealisations are made in chemistry and in physics? Are these idealisations important to our philosophical investigation of these sciences?
- Do chemical entities and properties like molecules, chemical bonds, etc. exist? And if so, how are they related to physical stuff?
A little bit more about my research..
Currently, I work as a post-doctoral research associate with the 'Metaphysical Unity of Science' project at the University of Bristol. My aim is to explore chemistry's role in our metaphysical understanding of the world, as well as to examine alternative positions regarding the unity of the sciences, with a particular focus on chemistry and its history.
In my doctoral thesis, I investigated the epistemological and metaphysical relations between chemistry and quantum mechanics. In order to understand these relations, I closely examined how chemistry, quantum chemistry, and quantum mechanics each describe a single inert molecule. I argued that chemistry and quantum mechanics are unified in accordance with Harold Kincaid’s model of non-reductive unity because they exhibit particular epistemic and metaphysical interconnections. Given my proposal, I examined metaphysical positions which are incompatible with Kincaid's model of unity; namely strong emergence. I pointed out the role of idealisations when it comes to supporting metaphysical claims about special science properties. Lastly, I considered how molecular structure is described in quantum mechanics and argued that one can understand the nature of molecular structure in novel and interesting ways, by taking into account the idealisations in the quantum mechanical description of molecular structure.
My undergraduate studies were in Chemical Engineering (NTUA). I have an MSc in Philosophy of Science (LSE) and I recently completed my PhD in Philosophy under the supervision of James Ladyman (University of Bristol).