BORIS GROZDANOFF HOME PAGE


 

 

I am a philosopher of science. I work as a research fellow at the Philosophy of Science Department in the Institute for Philosophical Research at the Bulgarian Academy of Science, Sofia. At present I am a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science at Pittsburgh University and I try to come up with an alternative epistemic conception to the standard empirical revisability in natural sciences.

 

During the last several years I have worked on the epistemological problem of thought experiments in science and on various issues in contemporary analytic epistemology, mainly a priori knowledge and justification. I am interested in philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of physics and the problems of space and time. I am developing a non-standard version of a priori justification for both mathematics and naturals sciences and I believe that Hugh Everett's Relative State interpretation of quantum mechanics deserves even greater attention than it actually receives today.

 

I have defended my first PhD in Philosophy of Science department at the Institute of Philosophy, Bulgarian Academy of Science, in February 2006. At present I am concluding my second PhD, this time in analytic epistemology,  at the Central European University in Budapest on topic "A priori Principles and Scientific Knowledge" with advisor Nenad Miscevic. During the winter of 2004 I have worked with Jim Brown on the problems of a priori knowledge and TE at the University of Toronto. Every April I participate in the annual Philosophy of Science Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Among my non-academic interests are videography, filmmaking, scientific journalism, and amateur sport car racing. Here you can find some additional bits about me and my work on the Pittsburgh Center for Philosophy of Science website. Here is the link to the web site of my and my brother's independent film company SofiaFilm. You can reach me at grozdanoff@gmail.com

 

 

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… the answer is, in essence, that during this century of science’s greatest achievements, most physicists and philosophers have given  up on the idea that the purpose of science is to discover how the world really is. Instead they want to regard it as a mere instrument for making predictions and achieving pragmatic goals.

David Deutsch

 

 

 

Areas of Specialization:


Philosophy of Science, Epistemology [A Priori Knowledge]

 

Areas of Competence:


History of Philosophy, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mathematics, Space and Time

 

Fall/Winter 2006                                                                                                                                                      

University of Pittsburgh

Visiting Fellow                                                                                                                                             

Center for Philosophy of Science, Pittsburgh

Research Topic: “Friedman’s model and A priori Revisability”

 

2nd Ph.D. degree; Expected Spring 2007                                                                                                    

CEU, Budapest 2002-2007 Hungary

Ph.D. Philosophy (Doctoral candidate)

Central European University

Dissertation topic: A priori Principles and Scientific Knowledge                                                                                            

Thesis supervisor: Prof. Nenad Miscevic

 

 1st Ph.D. degree.  Summa Cum Laude; February 2006                                                                                              

IPR at BAS Sofia, Bulgaria

Philosophy of Science

Institute for Philosophical Research, Philosophy of Science Dept., Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Dissertation topic: Techne and Theory: The Role of Thought Experiments for the Development of Scientific Knowledge

Thesis supervisor Prof. V. Stoitchev

 

2004 – 2005                                                                                                                                                     

UofT, Toronto, Canada

Doctoral Specialization

University of Toronto

Topic: Thought Experiments in Science

External Supervisor: Prof. James Robert Brown

  

MA 1997,  BA  1996                                                                                                                          

University of Sofia, Bulgaria

Philosophy

Dissertation topic: Kant’s Theory of Space and non-Euclidean Geometries                                                                       

Thesis supervisor Prof. Dr. Ivan Stefanov †, graduated top 3%

 

1986 – 1991                                                                                                                                                     

Sofia, Bulgaria

National High School for Ancient Languages and Cultures

Diploma thesis topic: Roman religious practices

 

 

Grants and Scholarships


 

2006 - Pittsburgh Center for Philosophy of Science Fellowship

2006 - HESP Young Scholars Grant

2005 – HESP Young Scholars Grant

2004 – Doctoral Support Research Grant, UofT/CEU, Toronto/Budapest

2002 – 3 years CEU Full Doctoral Fellowship, Budapest

2000 – 3 years State Ph D Grant at the BAS, IPR, Sofia

1992 – 5 years Sofia University Excellent Grades full stipend