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I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Philosophy and a fellow at the Center for Space and Habitability of the University of Bern. I am also a member of NCCR PlanetS. Before moving to Switzerland, I was a visiting fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science of the University of Pittsburgh and a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences.
At the heart of my research lie issues in general philosophy of science, metaphysics of science and in philosophy of physics. I also have interests in history of science and in epistemology. At the University of Bern, I teach Philosophy of Science and Metaphysics of Science to philosophy students, and I lead a Philosophy of Science reading group with my astrophysicist, astrochemist, and astrogeologist colleagues.
Born in a small town in northern Italy, I was given the name 'Vera', which in Italian means 'true'. Perhaps because of this, I felt the need to seek the truth, but wondered whether I should look up to the realm of Metaphysics or down at that of Physics. With my work, I hope to show that this was a false dichotomy, as the two realms can - and maybe should - be regarded as parts of a whole.
I received an EPSA fellowship to visit the FraMEPhys – A Framework for Metaphysical Explanation in Physics Group at the University of Birmingham.
I was a Junior Visiting Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science, the University of Geneva, in March 2018.
Matarese, V. (2021), On the principles that serve as guides to the ontology of quantum mechanics. Forthcoming in Allori, V. (editor), Quantum Mechanics and Fundamentality: Naturalizing Quantum Theory between Scientific Realism and Ontological Indeterminacy , Synthese Library.
As a part of my doctoral studies I also carried out research at the University of Rutgers and at Aberdeen University. My master's course-work and exams were taken at King's College London, on an Erasmus scholarship.
Invited Talks (selection):
2021: A talk on replicability (title hidden for blind review); California Institute of Technology; California (USA).
2021: A Humean Wavefunction for Quantum Mechanics, FraMePhys, University of Birmingham (Birmingham, UK).
2021: Space the many substances, Warsaw Spacetime Colloquium, Warsaw University of Technology (Warsaw, Poland).
2019: On the dynamical laws as guides to what's fundamental, Workshop "Fundamentality in metaphysics and in science", Centre for Science and Philosophy, the University of Bristol (Bristol).
2018: How to understand nomological entities: the case of spin-networks in Loop Quantum Gravity, Workshop "New Topics in Quantum Foundations", The University of Lausanne (Lausanne).
2017: A case study for structuralism as a metaphysical view against the fundamentality of individual facts: The identity-based Bohmian mechanics, Workshop "Structuralism", Rutgers University (New Brunswick )
Other talks (most recent):
2021: A talk on the Hubble constant and replicability. Foundations of Physics, Paris.
2021: A talk on the principles that serve as guides to the ontology of non-relativistic quantum mechanics. Society for the Metaphysics of Science.
2020: A talk on replicability, British Society of Philosophy of Science, Canterbury (conference cancelled)
The University of Bern