I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Wallenberg Academy Fellow at Linköping University, Sweden.
I am also a Department Affiliate of the Institute of History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Literature of the Technical University of Berlin.
From February 2019 to February 2022, I was a Postdoc in the Philosophy Department at Princeton University. I received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Stanford in 2019 and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Technical University of Berlin in 2013.
My work focuses on philosophy of mathematics, but I am also interested in general issues in epistemology, philosophy of science, and philosophy and literature.
Here is my Philpeople Profile where you can find my publications.
Contact me at: silvia.de.toffoli[at]liu.se
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(25 January 2022)
My Interview with John P. Burgess for APhEx (Analytical and Philosophical Explanation) is online.
(30 December 2021)
My paper “Who’s Afraid of Mathematical Diagrams?” has been accepted for publication in Philosophers’ Imprint.
(25 December 2021)
My paper “What Are Mathematical Diagrams?” has been accepted for publication in Synthese.
(2 December 2021)
I won a Wallenberg Academy Fellowship for my project “Humanizing Mathematical Knowledge”! This grant is over €1 Million and will last for 5 years (Daily Nous announcement).
Here is a short description of my project:
Silvia De Toffoli | Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation
Will explore mathematics’ fallibility and human weaknesses.
Mathematics is often presented as being entirely logical in nature – free of human weaknesses. However, mathematics is built upon axioms and arguments constructed by people. Wallenberg Academy Fellow Silvia De Toffoli will develop a theory of mathematical knowledge that does not overidealize the field.
I am the only philosopher among the 27 fellows of this year:
Wallenberg Academy Fellows | Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation
Wallenberg Academy Fellows, the career program for young researchers launched by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation in 2012, provides long-term funding for young, promising Swedish and foreign researchers from all academic fields. This year twenty-seven new researchers are appointed to the program.
My host institution is Linköping University:
Four LiU researchers appointed as new Wallenberg Academy Fellows
Four researchers at Linköping University are to receive research grants from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation amounting to SEK 36 million over 5 years. In addition, a previous holder has received an extension to his fellowship.
I’ll write an entry on the epistemic role of diagrams and one on fallibilism in mathematics for the third edition of the Blackwell Companion to Epistemology (edited by Kurt Sylvan).