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I hold a tenure track Assistant Professorship (RTDb) in Philosophy of Science at the University of Perugia (Italy). Before this, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Philosophy and a fellow at the Center for Space and Habitability of the University of Bern. I was 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.
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 Visiting Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, in the Fall Term 2019.
I was a Junior Visiting Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science, the University of Geneva, in March 2018.
Matarese V. (2022), The metaphysics of Bohmian Mechanics, De Gruyter.
Boyd N., De Baerdemaeker S., Heng K., Matarese V. (eds) (2023), Philosophy of Astrophysics, Synthese Library.
ARTICLES & CONTRIBUTED CHAPTERS:
Metaphysics of Science & Philosophy of Physics
Matarese, V. (2023). De Broglie-Bohm Theory, Quo Vadis?. Foundations of physics, 53(1), 18.
Matarese, V. (2022), On the methodological arguments for wave-function realism, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science.
Matarese, V. (2022), Space the many substances. Forthcoming in Vassallo, A. (editor), The Foundations of Spacetime Physics: Philosophical Perspectives, Routledge Studies in the Philosophy of Mathematics and Physics.
Matarese, V. (2022), Le Leggi dinamiche come guide alla ontologia fondamentale. La Nottola.
Matarese, V. (2022), 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.
Matarese, V. (2020). Super-Humeanism and physics: a merry relationship? Synthese.
Matarese, V. (2019). Loop Quantum gravity: a new threat to Humeanism? Foundations of Physics, 49 (3): 232-259.
Matarese, V. (2018). A challenge for Super-Humeanism: the problem of immanent comparisons. Synthese, 1-20.
Matarese V. (2014). A Structuralist Perspective on the Problem of Objecthood: Herbart’s Realism Without Object. Methode - Analytic Perspectives.
Matarese V. (2014). DALL’«ARTICOLO EPR» AGLI ESPERIMENTI DI ALAIN ASPECT: IL LUNGO CAMMINO DEL PROBLEMA DELLA NONLOCALITÀ IN MECCANICA QUANTISTICA. ACME, 66(1-2), 197-223.
Philosophy of Science
Matarese, V. (2021), Kinds of Replicability: different terms and different functions. Axiomathes.
Matarese, V. (2022), Against the Resampling Account of Replication. Journal for theoretical and philosophical psychology.
Philosophy of Astrophysics
Matarese, V. (2022), 'Oumuamua and meta-empirical confirmation. Foundations of Physics.
Matarese V., De Baerdemaeker S., Boyd N, (2023), Introduction, in Philosophy of Astrophysics, Synthese Library.
In 2017, I obtained my Ph.D. in the Philosophy of Science at The University of Hong Kong, under the supervision of Dr. Jo E. Wolff and Dr. Jamin Asay.
My postgraduate and undergraduate degrees were awarded by the University of Milan, where I studied the Philosophy of Physics under the supervision of Prof. Renato Pettoello and Prof. Adriano Morando.
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: Quantum Fictionalism, Workshop "The Nature of Quantum Objects", University of Geneva (Geneva).
2021: Scientific Fictional Properties; UCLouvain (Louvain La Neuve).
2021: A talk on replicability (title hidden for blind review); California Institute of Technology (online).
2021: A Humean Wavefunction for Quantum Mechanics, FraMePhys, University of Birmingham (online).
2021: Space the many substances, Warsaw Spacetime Colloquium, Warsaw University of Technology (online).
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 (online)
2020: A talk on replicability, British Society of Philosophy of Science, Canterbury (conference cancelled)
The University of Bern