Matteo Valleriani's research focuses on the history of mechanics from classical antiquity to late Renaissance. In particular, his research intends to determine the role of the relations between practical knowledge and technology on the one side, and theoretical knowledge on the other side, within the framework of the processes of emergence of new theoretical knowledge. The research is structured on four different levels. The first level is the epistemological level that aims at formulating an epistemic theory of practical knowledge. The second level concerns mechanisms of diffusion of practical knowledge and the consequences this diffusion has in different cultures, as well as the transmission over epochs. The third level refers to the relationship between practical knowledge and natural philosophy. Finally, the fourth level analyzes the inherent points of contact between practical and theoretical knowledge and explores the mechanisms of the processes of emergence of new scientific knowledge.
Matteo Valleriani's research moreover extends the implementation of the approach used to explore mechanisms of diffusion of knowledge also to studies dedicated to the role of Aristotelian knowledge in all cultures and epochs, in which this played a relevant role.
Valleriani, M. (2017). The epistemology of practical knowledge. In M. Valleriani (
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Valleriani, M. (2017). The tracts on the 'Sphere': knowledge restructured over a network. In M. Valleriani (
Valleriani, M. (2016). Galileo Galilei. In M. Hagner (
Valleriani, M. (2016). Hydrostatics and pneumatics in antiquity. In G. L. Irby (
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science