Vincenzo De Risi

Visiting Scholar (Jan 2020-Dec 2023)


Vincenzo De Risi graduated in philosophy and mathematics at the University of Rome and received his doctorate in philosophy at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. He was a DAAD fellow at the Leibniz-Archiv in Hannover, and Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Technische Universität Berlin. From 2010 to 2016, he was an Independent Research Group Leader at the MPIWG, leading a research group investigating the history of geometry in relation to the history of the concept of space. In 2016-17, De Risi was appointed Leibniz Professor at the University of Leipzig, and was a fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig. Since 2017, he has been a senior research fellow in the

French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), working at the “Laboratoire SPHère - Science, Philosophie, Histoire” in Paris. He has been a visiting scholar at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, the University of Urbino, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of California Irvine, and Stanford University. In 2021, he is Whitney J. Oates Fellow in the Humanities Council, Princeton University. His studies focus on the history of geometry, the history of epistemology, and the history of the philosophy of space from antiquity to the early modern age. He also has a project on the history of axiomatics in mathematics, and has led a collaborative project between the MPIWG and SPHère on the tradition of Euclid's Elements in the modern age. He is the guest editor of the forthcoming volumes of the Academy of Sciences edition of Leibniz's mathematical writings (geometrical papers, 1677-1716). He is the editor of the "Frontiers in History of Science" series from the publisher Birkhäuser.


The History of Axioms: Mathematical Principles from Antiquity to the Modern Age


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Selected Publications

De Risi, Vincenzo (2021). “Gapless Lines and Gapless Proofs: Intersections and Continuity in Euclid’s Elements.” Apeiron 54 (2): 233–259.

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De Risi, Vincenzo (2021). “La geometria come scienza dello spazio.” In Ordinare il mondo: prospettive logiche ed epistemologiche su scienza, natura e società, ed. E. Montuschi and P. D. Omodeo, 16–49. Rome: Armando.

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De Risi, Vincenzo (2021). “Euclid’s Common Notions and the Theory of Equivalence.” Foundations of Science 26: 301–324.

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De Risi, Vincenzo (2020). “Did Euclid Prove Elements I, 1? The Early Modern Debate on Intersections and Continuity.” In Reading Mathematics in Early Modern Europe: Studies in the Production, Collection, and Use of Mathematical Books, ed. P. Beeley,…

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Past Events


Geometry and Philosophy of Space in Isaac Barrow


Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

News & Press

New Publication: Vincenzo de Risi, Research Group Director at the MPIWG, has published “Saccheri, Gerolamo: Euclide vendicato da ogni neo.”