Evandro Agazzi is a professor of philosophy at the University of Genoa.
His extensive contributions to his field have included studies in philosophy
of science, the ethics of science and technology, logic, systems theory,
philosophy of language, metaphysics, and philosophical anthropology.
His current research has two foci: an attempt, on the one hand, to
characterize scientific objectivity and defend "scientific realism" based
upon deepening notions of reference and truth and, on the other hand, an
effort to analyze the concept of person and its implications, particularly
in the field of bioethics. A graduate of the University of Milan where he
studied physics and the Catholic University of Milan where he took a Ph.D.
in philosophy in 1957, Dr. Agazzi did post graduate work at Oxford and
the universities of Marburg and Münster. He taught mathematics at Genoa,
symbolic logic at the Higher Normal School of Pisa, and the philosophy of
science and mathematical logic at the Catholic University of Milan before
being named professor of the philosophy of science at Genoa in 1970. Nine
years later he accepted the chair of philosophical anthropology, philosophy
of nature and philosophy of science at the University of Fribourg, a post
he held until being named to his present position in 1998. Dr. Agazzi has
been a visiting professor at the University of Düsseldorf, the University
of Berne, the University of Pittsburgh, Stanford University, and the
University of Geneva among other institutions. He has been awarded
honorary degrees from the University of Cordoba, the National University
of Santiago del Estero in Argentina, and Ricardo Palma University of Lima
in Peru. Currently president of the International Academy of Philosophy
of Science and honorary president of the International Federation of the Philosophical Societies and of the International Institute of Philosophy,
he formerly served as president of the Italian Society of Logic and
Philosophy of Science, of the Italian Philosophical Society, and of the
Swiss Society of Logic and Philosophy of Science and as treasurer of the
International Council for Philosophy and Humanities of UNESCO.
He also has been a member of the Italian National Committee for Bioethics.
The editor of Epistemologia, an Italian journal for the philosophy of
science, and of Nuova Secondaria, an Italian journal for high school
teachers, Dr. Agazzi serves as consulting editor of the international
journals Erkenntnis, Revue Internationale de Philosophie, Zeitschrift für
allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie, Medicina e Morale, Modern Logic, Kos,
and Sandhan. In addition to some seven hundred articles published in
scholarly journals and essays in volumes of collected works, he is the author
of nineteen books, including Philosophie, Science, Métaphysique (1987)
and, most recently, Right, Wrong and Science: The Ethical Dimensions of
the Techno-Scientific Enterprise (Rodopi, Amsterdam-New York, 2004),
the English version of a book published originally in Italian and then
translated into German, French, Spanish, Russian, Polish, and Hungarian.
Among the latest of the more than thirty volumes he has edited are: (with
György Darvas) Philosophy of Mathematics Today (1997); Realism and
Quantum Physics (1998); (with Hans Lenk) Advances in the Philosophy of
Technology (1999); (with Massimo Pauri) The Reality of the Unobservable
(2000); (with A.T.Tymieniecka) Life-Interpretation and the Sense of
Illness within the Human Condition: Medicine and Philosophy in a
Dialogue (2001); (with Jan Faye) The Problem of the Unity of Science
(2001), (with Luisa Montecucco) Complexity and Emergence (2002);
and Valori e limiti del senso comune (2004).