Francesca Bellazzi is a PhD student at the University of Bristol. She holds a BA in Philosophy from Università Cattolica of Milan (2017) and an MSc in Philosophy of Science from the LSE (2018). She has also been a visiting student at UCLA, MCMP (Munich) and Oxford universities.
Francesca is specialising in metaphysics, philosophy of science and philosophy of biology. She is studying classical metaphysical categories, such as essences, laws or species, in contemporary sciences, as reflected in her BA and MSc dissertations. The former regards a dispositional account of laws of nature and its application to biological laws (supervisors Prof. Giordani and Dr. De Florio). The latter is a proposal of Aristotelian essentialism in the definition of biological species (supervisor Dr. Birch).
Francesca is currently investigating the role of Aristotelian essences in scientific explanation and unification, in particular in evolutionary-developmental biology. Her interests also involve Ancient Philosophy, especially Aristotle.
This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, grant agreement No 771509. Website photo credit: Matt Lincoln Photography .