Michele Luchetti

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (Apr 2022-Mar 2024)


Michele Luchetti studied philosophy at the University of Milan and, as a graduate student, at the Central European University in Budapest, obtaining his PhD in 2020 with a dissertation on conceptual change in science. In 2017–18, he was a DAAD-funded Visiting Fellow at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy at the LMU Munich. In 2020–21, he was a Swiss Government Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Geneva, where he worked on the relationship between nineteenth-century craniological measurement and views of intelligence. Michele’s current project analyzes construct validation and measurement issues in the context of the origin of psychophysical concepts in the second half of the nineteenth century. At the MPIWG, he is a visiting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Research Group Practices of Validation in the Biomedical Sciences. In addition to his academic research, Michele is a theater practitioner and teacher. His artistic research focuses on theater practice and pedagogy as tools to explore the connections between (scientific) knowledge, ritual, and society from an embodied perspective.


Validating Quantitative Constructs before Construct Validation: The Case of Early Psychophysics


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Selected Publications

Brausch, Simon and Michele Luchetti (2023). “Coordination and Validity in Measurement across Science and Medicine: Historical and Epistemological Perspectives. Berlin, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, March 23th, 2023 [Conference…

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De Benedetto, M. and Michele Luchetti (2023). “Specialisation by Value Divergence: The Role of Epistemic Values in the Branching of Scientific Disciplines.” International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, July 10, 2023.…

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Luchetti, Michele (2022). “The Quantification of Intelligence in Nineteenth‑Century Craniology: An Epistemology of Measurement Perspective.” European Journal for Philosophy of Science 12 (4, Article 56).

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Past Events

Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

Retracing the Thick Roots of Intelligence as a Quantitative Concept

Thick Concepts in Philosophy of Science Workshop, University of Hannover

On Extensions of Evolutionary Theory

Philosophy and Science Symposium at the Section of Biology, University of Geneva

Understanding the Epistemic Role of Measurement Issues in 19th Century Craniology

Biennial meeting of the European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA), University of Turin

From mismeasure to « mismeaning » : Unravelling quantification issues in 19th century craniology

VII Congrès de la Société de Philosophie des Sciences, University of Mons

A Dynamic Model of Theory Choice: Epistemic Values as Environmental Niches (with Matteo De Benedetto)

Annual meeting of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science (BSPS), University of Kent

Mechanistic constitution and cognitive constitution: Conflicting or compatible? (with Flavia Padovani)

28th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association, University of Pittsburgh

Theory choice as niche construction: the feedback loop between scientific theories and epistemic values (with Matteo de Benedetto)

Triennial Meeting of the German Society for Philosophy of Science, TU Berlin

Co-constructing worlds: Paradigms, values and weights in theory choice (with Matteo De Benedetto)

The Kuhn Centennial Conference, University of Kent

Measurement and coordination in Fechner’s psychophysics

Measurement at the Crossroads 2022, Catholic University of Milan

Theory choice as niche construction: the feedback loop between scientific theories and epistemic values (with Matteo De Benedetto)

Invited talk at the University of Lisbon, Research & Development Unit of the Centro de Filosofia das Ciencias da Universidade de Lisboa (CFCUL)

Nachrichten & Presse

Validity and Coordination in the Biomedical and Human Sciences (Frist 15. Nov. 2023)