Julia Sánchez-Dorado

I'm a PhD Candidate in Philosophy of Science at University College London (UCL), Department of Science and Technology Studies.

My primary interest is in scientific representation. In my PhD dissertation, I explore how ‘similarities’ -between scientific models and natural phenomena- play a role in the construction of epistemically fruitful representations. The study of concrete modelling practices, such as the construction of the Mississippi Basin Model and the San Francisco Bay Model, help me illustrate how similarity can be an effective means of representation if understood as "creative similarity". Moreover, I defend that distortions and idealizations are not incompatible with similarity but part of the same creative process of representing in science.

I am also interested in the connection between the debate of representation in Philosophy of Science and Aesthetics. I recently published a paper on this here (comments welcome).

Before my PhD, I obtained a M.A. in Philosophy and History of Science from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and a B.A. in Media and Film Studies from the University of Seville (Spain).

During my PhD, I have been a Teaching Assistant in the courses “Philosophy of Science”, "Knowledge and Reality", "Science, Art and Philosophy", and “Value Judgements: Qualitative Thinking”.