The Team


Principal Investigator: Prof. Michela Massimi

Michela Massimi is Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Edinburgh. She is the PI on this ERC Consolidator Grant, to which she brings over ten years’ experience in the interdisciplinary field of history and philosophy of science. For more info on Michela’s research interests, publications and public outreach, please visit her personal website:


Postdoctoral Researcher: Dr Casey McCoy

After an undergraduate degree in the physical sciences, Casey gained an MA in Philosophy an he has recently earned his Doctoral Degree from the Dept. of Philosophy, UC San Diego. His research focuses on scientific methodology in contemporary physics, and in particular on philosophy of cosmology. He is the recipient of various fellowships and awards, including a Fulbright grant in 2013. He has published articles in Synthese and Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics on methodological and foundational aspects in philosophy of cosmology.


PhD Candidate: Franklin Jacoby

Franklin’s work in the philosophy of science began during his undergraduate studies at College of the Atlantic, USA, through the study of human ecology. After earning an MSc in philosophy from the University of Edinburgh, he has returned to research perspectivism and modelling practices.

PhD Candidate: Lorenzo Spagnesi

After an undergraduate degree in Economics, Lorenzo received a Master’s Degree in Philosophy at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milan). He is currently a PhD student in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on Kant, metaphysics and perspectivism. In particular, his doctoral work aims at examining the Kantian roots of perspectival realism.


Project Coordinator: Deborah Stitt

Deborah is a graduate of the University of St Andrews with over ten years’ experience of working in academic support roles at the University of Oxford, King’s College London and Edinburgh.