Perspectival Realism
Perspectival Realism
Perspectival Realism

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. Ana-Maria Crețu

Ana recently earned her Doctoral Degree from the University of Edinburgh and then held a full time Teaching Associate position at the University of Bristol, prior to joining the project. Her research is principally within history and philosophy of science, with a particular emphasis on classifications, real patterns, and disagreements. In her work, Ana uses an integrated methodology which combines Philosophy of Science, History of Science, and Core Analytic Philosophy. Her case studies are of diverse nature, including historical episodes from particle physics, astrophysics, and botany.  Access her personal website here:


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 returned to research perspectivism and modelling practices. In December 2019, Franklin successfully defended his thesis, The Hunt for Reality: perspectives, models and plurality in the physical sciences.  From August 2020, Franklin will be a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Cross Disciplinary Engagement at Dartmouth.


Postdoctoral Researcher: Dr. Casey McCoy

After an undergraduate degree in the physical sciences, Casey gained an MA in Philosophy followed by 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. In February 2020, Casey will take up a tenure-track position in Yonsei, South Korea.

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. From April 2021 Lorenzo starts a 3-year post-doctoral position at the University of Trier, Germany.


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.

Dr. Jamie Collin

Project Coordinator: Dr. Jamie Collin

Jamie has an MA in Philosophy from the University of St Andrews, and an MSc and PhD in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh.  Prior to working on the project Jamie was network facilitator of the Kant and the Laws of Nature project, was part of the team that designed and created two MOOCS—Introduction to Philosophy and Philosophy and the Sciences for Everyone—and was in charge of designing and creating the University of Edinburgh’s online MSc in Philosophy, Science and Religion.