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Vassilios Karakostas

Basic Information

Title: Professor
Area of Specialization: Philosophy of Physics
Division: Philosophy and Theory of Science and Technology

Contact details

Phone No. : (+30)  210 727 5534
Fax: (+30)  210 727 5530
E-mail: karakost[at]phs.uoa[dot]gr
Office hours: Wednesday 13.00-15.00
Website: https://uoa.academia.edu/VassiliosKarakostas
Contact address: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Department of Philosophy and History of Science (M.I.Th.E.),
University Campus, Ano Ilisia
15771, Athens

Academic information


  • 1987  Degree in Physics, University of Crete
  • 1989  Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Medical Physics, University of Surrey
  • 1990  Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Logic and Scientific Method, University of London (LSE)
  • 1995  Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Philosophy and Conceptual Foundations of Modern Physics, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge
  • 1997  Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge

Research interests

  • Philosophy and Conceptual Foundations of Quantum Mechanics
  • Quantum Logic
  • Category Theory
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Theories of Truth
  • The Realism/Antirealism Conflict in Science
  • Philosophy of Space and Time
  • Epistemology of Contemporary Physics (neo-kantian approaches)

Courses and Seminars


Elective – Compulsory
  • Philosophy of Science I
  • Philosophy of Science II
  • Philosophy of Physics: Philosophy of Space and Time
  • Special Topics in Philosophy of Science: Theories of Truth


  • Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics
  • Conceptual Foundations of Space-Time Theories
  • Special Topics in Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics
  • Truth and Contemporary Science

Selected Publications


  • Karakostas, V., Dieks, D. (eds.) (2014), Perspectives and Foundational Problems in Philosophy of Science, Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 510.
  • Anapolitanos D., Arabatzis Th., Karakostas V., Kindi V. (2003), Philosophy of Science, Hellenic Open University. Author of Chapters “Philosophy of Physics: Philosophy of Space and Time” (Chapter 6) and “Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics” (Chapter 7)”, pp. 201-332. (in Greek)
  • Karakostas, V., “Limitations on Stochastic Localization Models of State Vector Reduction”, International Journal of Theoretical Physics 33 (1994), 1645-1659.
  • Karakostas, V., Dickson, M., “Decoherence in Unorthodox Formulations of Quantum Mechanics”, Synthese 102 (1995), 61-97.
  • Karakostas, V., “On the Brussels School’s Arrow of Time in Quantum Theory”, Philosophy of Science 63 (1996), 374-400.
  • Karakostas, V., “The Conventionality of Simultaneity in the Light of the Spinor Representation of the Lorentz Group”, Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 28 (1997), 249-276.
  • Karakostas, V., “On the Problem of Quantum Measurement: Reality, Objectivity and Indeterminism in Modern Physics, Neusis 9 (2000), 95-115. (in Greek)
  • Karakostas, V., “Forms of Quantum Nonseparability and Related Philosophical Consequences”, Journal for General Philosophy of Science 35 (2004), 283-312.
  • Karakostas, V., Hatzidaki, P., “Realism vs. Constructivism in Contemporary Physics: The Impact of the Debate on the Understanding of Quantum Theory and its Instructional Process”, Science & Education 14 (2005), 607-629.
  • Karakostas, V., “On the Nature and Interpretation of Quantum Reality: The Prototype of Active Scientific Realism”, Neusis 14 (2005), 48-77. (in Greek)
  • Karakostas, V., “The Role of Human Mind in Nature”, Encyclopedia of Anthropology, Editor James Birx, State University of New York, New York: Sage Publications, 2006, pp. 1702-1710 (invited article).
  • Karakostas, V., ‘‘Nonseparability, Potentiality and the Context-Dependence of Quantum Objects’’, Journal for General Philosophy of Science 38 (2007), 279-297.
  • Karakostas, V., “Epistemological Relativism and Theory of Relativity” in D. Sfendoni (ed.), Philosophy of Specific Sciences, University of Thessaloniki Publications, 2008, pp. 83-99. (in Greek)
  • Karakostas, V., “Humean Supervenience in the Light of Contemporary Science”, Metaphysica 10 (2009), 1-26.
  • Karakostas, V., “From Atomism to Holism: The Primacy of Non-Supervenient Relations”, NeuroQuantology 7 (2009), 635-656 (invited article).
  • Karakostas, V., Sakellariou, V., “On the Interrelationship of Being and Becoming in Classical and Quantum Physics”, Neusis 19 (2010), 101-138. (in Greek)
  • Karakostas, V., “Quantum Mechanics and Reality” in Jonathan Groffe (ed.), Quantum Mechanics, Series: Physics Research and Technology, New York: Nova Science, 2011, pp. 173-194 (invited paper).
  • Karakostas, V., “Objectivity and Modern Physics: From the Metaphysics of Substance to Metaphysics of Relations” in The Humanities and Social Sciences in the National Technical University, National Technical University Publications, 2011, pp. 81-94. (in Greek).
  • Karakostas, V., “Truth as Contextual Correspondence in Quantum Mechanics”, forthcoming in Proceedings of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science (14th CLMPS), edited by Pierre Edouard Bour, Gerhard Heinzmann, Wilfrid Hodges and Peter Schroeder-Heister.
  • Karakostas, V., “Realism and Objectivism in Quantum Mechanics”, Journal for General Philosophy of Science 43 (2012), 45-65.
  • Zafiris, E., Karakostas, V., “A Categorial Semantic Representation of Quantum Event Structures”, Foundations of Physics 43 (2013), 1090-1123.
  • Karakostas, V., “Correspondence Truth and Quantum Mechanics”, forthcoming in Axiomathes (2014), DOI 10.1007/s10516-013-9226-3.

 Additional Information

  • “Alexander Onassis” Foundation, Scholarship for Doctoral Research, 1990-1991
  • “British Academy”, Scholarship for Doctoral Research, 1991-1993
  • “Arnold Gerstenberg” Foundation, Scholarship of the University of Cambridge, 1992-1994
  • Elected as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Cambridge University, 1995-1997
  • Member of the Governing Body of Hughes College, Cambridge University, 1995-1997


Research Programmes

  • Scientific advisor of the research programme “On the Ontological Nature of Spacetime and its Relation to Quantum Nonseparability”, HERACLITUS I, 2002-2006, 70/3/7181.
  • Scientific advisor of the research programme “On the Notion of Truth in Quantum Mechanics”, HERACLITUS II, 2011-2014, 70/3/11010. 
  • Member of the main research group of the programme “Aspects and Prospects of Realism in the Philosophy of Science and Mathematics”, THALIS, 2012-2015, 70/3/11604.