Davide Rizza
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Personal profile

Academic Background

Diploma di Laurea in Filosofia (2003)

Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Sheffield (2009)


I obtained my first degree in Philosophy Università Statale di Milano, Italy, defending in the final viva voce exam a thesis on the history of the vector calculus, focussing on the work of Hermann Grassmann and Giuseppe Peano. I then moved to the UK, where I obtained a PhD from the University of Sheffield: my thesis makes use of neglected but important results in the foundations of measurement to develop a novel account of the applicability of mathematics. I became a fixed-term Associate Tutor at UEA in September 2009. From September 2010 I was a permanent member of staff in the School of Philosophy. Since 2015 I am a permanent member of the School of PPL (Politics, Philosophy, Languages and Communication Studies). I am currently an Assistant Professor at UEA and the Head of Philosophy.   

Key Research Interests

Philosophy of mathematical practice, especially the genesis and articulation of mathematical problem-solving methodologies in social science, operations research, engineering.
American Pragmatism and its current relevance to epistemology and philosophy of science (with a focus on Dewey's logical and epistemological writings and C. I. Lewis' conceptual pragmatism). 
Foundations of measurement, especially the epistemological significance of mathematical work in measurement theory.
History of logic, especially model theory between the 1940s and  the 1960's.  

Teaching Interests

First Year

  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Social Transformation 

Second Year

  • Knowledge, Science and Proof
  • Philosophy of AI

Third Year

  • Logic special subject module

External positions

External Examiner to the Philosophy Honours and Joint Honours, University of Edinburgh

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