World Philosophy Day 2017

November 16 is World Philosophy Day. In celebration we have posed three questions to 6 Springer philosophers to gather their opinion on the world of philosophy. Each author has a unique perspective on the subject and the profession. Read each blog to find out more and enjoy free access to articles each author has highlighted.



Federica Russo

Federica Russo © Springer

Federica Russo is based at the University of Amsterdam, where she carries out research and teaches philosophy of science. She is interested in causality and probability in the social, biomedical and policy sciences, and in the relations between science and technology. Read her blog post here.

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Hsiang-Ke Chao

Hsiang-Ke © SpringerHsiang-Ke Chao is professor of economics at National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, and has been a visiting scholar at Duke University, the London School of Economics, Stanford University, and University of California at Davis. His research interests focus on the history and philosophy of model-based reasoning in science and public policy. He is the author of Representation and Structure in Economics: The Methodology of Econometric Models of the Consumption Function (Routledge, 2009), and co-editor of Mechanism and Causality in Biology and Economics (Springer, 2013) and Philosophy of Science in Practice: Nancy Cartwright and the Nature of Scientific Reasoning (Springer, 2017).​​​​​​​  Read his blog post here.

Chao's chosen articles:

Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem

Emma Ruttkamp Bloem © Springer

Emma Ruttjamp-Bloem is a professor at the University of Pretoria, where she currently teaches Epistemology and Metaphysics. Her fields of research expertise include philosophy of science (scientific realism; the structure of scientific theories; the demarcation problem; scientific progress; scientific truth) and formal logic (mathematical logic, non-classical logics such as epistemic logic, belief revision and preferential logics). Her work is well-known and respected in formal logic and philosophy of science circles nationally and internationally. Read her blog post here.

Ruttkamp-Bloem's chosen articles:

Michal Gleitman

Michal Gleitman © Springer

Michal Gleitman was awarded the Polonsky Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute in 2013, after completing a Ph.D. in philosophy at Emory University in May 2012. Her research attempts to define “speakerhood” not as a person’s ability to master linguistic conventions, thereby rethinking what it takes to be a language user. By examining language development in individuals with language and communication disorders (mainly people with autism) she is attempting to figure out what accounts for a person’s ability to understand and be understood by others whether they use linguistic conventions or not. Read her blog post here.

Gleitman's chosen articles:

Shannon Vallor

shannon vallor 9 © SpringerShannon Vallor is the William J. Rewak, S.J. Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley, and a member of the Executive Advisory Board of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics. Her research explores the philosophical territory defined by three intersecting domains: the philosophy and ethics of emerging technologies, the philosophy of science and phenomenology. Read her blog post here!

Vallor's chosen articles:

Jairo José da Silva

Jairo 2011 © SpringerJairo José da Silva a retired Professor of Mathematics from State University of São Paulo. His main interests are the philosophy of formal and empirical sciences, phenomenology and the foundations of mathematics, fields which concentrate my publications. Read his blog post here!

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