Vincenzo De Risi

Visiting Scholar
Visiting Scholars are established scholars, as evidenced by significant publications and broad academic experience, spending a fixed term as guests at the MPIWG for research purposes. They may be externally funded or receive a Research Fellowship from the MPIWG.
Max Planck Research Group (2010–2016): Modern Geometry and the Concept of Space
1. April 2017 to 31. Dezember 2017

Vincenzo De Risi graduated in philosophy and mathematics at the University of Rome, and got his PhD in philosophy at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. He held a one-year fellowship at the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici in Naples, a DAAD fellowship at the Leibniz-Archiv in Hannover, and was Visiting Scholar at the History and Philosophy of Science Department of Pittsburgh University, as well as at the Warburg Institute in London. Before joining the MPIWG, he held a three-year position as Junior Fellow in history of logic and philosophy of science at the Scuola Normale Superiore, and for one year was a Humboldt Research Fellow at the Technische Universität Berlin.The focus of his research concerns the complex relations between the history of philosophy and the history of science, in particular geometry.

Selected publications

De Risi, V. (2007). Geometry and Monadology. Leibniz's Analysis Situs and Philosophy of Space. Basel/Boston/Berlin: Birkhäuser.


De Risi, V. (Ed.). (2014). Saccheri, Gerolamo: Euclid vindicated from every blemish. Cham [u.a.]: Springer.


De Risi, V. (Ed.). (2015). Mathematizing space: the objects of geometry from antiquity to the early modern age. Cham [u.a.]: Springer.



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