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Vasso Kindi

Basic Information

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

Contact details

Phone No. : (+30) 210 727 5535
Fax: (+30) 210 727 5530
E-mail: vkindi[at]phs.uoa[dot]gr
Office hours: Tuesday 14:00-15:00
Website: users.uoa.gr/~vkindi/index.htm
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
Greece

Academic information

Education

1991 PhD, Philosophy and History of Science, National Technical University of Athens
1975-81 B.S., Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Athens
1975 High School Diploma, Pierce College, The American College of Greece

Research interests

  • Philosophy of Science
  • History of Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of history
  • T. S. Kuhn
  • L. Wittgenstein
  • Ethics

Courses and Seminars

Undergraduate

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of History
  • Descartes to Kant
  • History of Analytic Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Applied Ethics

Graduate seminars and courses

  • Wittgenstein’s Tractatus
  • Wittgenstein’s On Certainty
  • The relations between history and philosophy of science
  • History and Philosophy
  • Wittgenstein (concepts, seeing as)
  • Wittgenstein on “following a rule”
  • “Following a rule” in the arts and law
  • The continuity of Wittgenstein’s philosophy (together with Oskari Kuusela, University of East Anglia)
  • Conceptual Schemes (together with Theodore Arabatzis, University of Athens)
  • Hume’s Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
  • Kant’s Third Critique (together with Elias Markolefas)
  • The New Interpretation of the Tractatus.
  • New work on Kuhn.
  • Rationalism-Empiricism
  • Wittgenstein.
  • Kuhn after Structure

Selected Publications

Books

  1. Kindi, V. (1995), Kuhn & Wittgenstein: Philosophical Investigation of the Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Athens: Smili editions.  (in Greek).
  2. Kindi, V., Anapolitanos D., Arabatzis Th., and V. Karakostas, (2003), Philosophy of Science, Patras, Greece: Greek Open University, (in Greek).

Edited Volumes

  1.  Kindi, V., P. Tournikiotis and C. Tsiambaos (eds.) (2013) The Modern in the Thought and Arts of the 20th century. Athens: Alexandria (in Greek)
  2. Kindi, V. & Arabatzis, Th. (eds.) (2012) Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions Revisited. London: Routledge.
  3. Kindi, V. (ed.) (2011) Philosophy and Art. Athens, Greece: Okto editions (in Greek).
  4. Kindi, V. and Costas Pagondiotis (eds.) (2010) The Cognitive Penetratability of Perception. Noisis 06 (in Greek).

Selected recent papers

In English

  1. Kindi, V., (2014) “Taking a Look at History”. Journal of the Philosophy of History 8, 96-117.
  2. Kindi, V., Arabatzis, Th., (2013). “The Problem of Conceptual Change in the Philosophy and History of Science”, Stella Vosniadou (ed.), International Handbook of Research on Conceptual Change, Second Edition, 343-359. London: Routledge.
  3. Kindi, V. ;  Virvidakis, S. (2012) “Quietism” in Oxford Bibliographies in Philosophy. Ed. Duncan Pritchard. New York: Oxford University Press.
  4. Kindi, V. (2012) “Kuhn’s Paradigms” in Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions Revisited, Vasso Kind, & Theodore Arabatzis,. (eds.), 91-111. London: Routledge.
  5. Kindi, V. & Arabatzis, Th. (2012) “Introduction” in Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions Revisited, Vasso Kind, & Theodore Arabatzis,. (eds.), 1-12. London: Routledge.
  6. Kindi, V. (2012) “The Structure’s Legacy: Not from Philosophy to Description”. Topoi 32:1, 81-89.
  7. Kindi, V. (2012) “Concept as vessel and concept as rule” in Scientific Concepts and Investigative Practice, Uljana Feest & Friedrich Steinle (eds.), 23-46. Berlin: De Gruyter
  8. Kindi, V. (2012) “Collingwood’s Opposition to Biography”, Journal of the Philosophy of History, 6:1, 45-61.
  9. Kindi, V. (2011) “The Challenge of Scientific Revolutions: Van Fraassen’s and Friedman’s Responses”. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 25:4, 327-349.
  10. Kindi, V. (2010) “Novelty and Revolution in Art and Science: The influence of Kuhn on Cavell”, Perspectives on Science, 18:3, 284-310.
  11. Kindi, V. (2010). “A Spectre is Haunting History-The Spectre of Science”, Rethinking History, 14:2, 251-265.
  12. Kindi, V. (2009). “Second Thoughts on Wittgenstein’s Secondary Sense” in Language and World, Volker A. Munz, Klaus Puhl, Joseph Wang (eds.). 32nd International Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, 202-204.

In Greek

  1. Kindi, V. (2013) “The appeal to conscience”. Stavros Zoumboulakis (ed.) The Return of Ethics: Old and New Questions, 438-470. Athens: Artos Zois editions
  2. Kindi, V. (2013) “Concepts of Modernity”. Kindi, V., P. Tournikiotis and C. Tsiambaos (2013) The Modern in the Thought and Arts of the 20th century, 13-27. Athens: Alexandria
  3. Kindi, V. and K. Tsiambaos (2012) “Philosophy and Architecture: The Case of Otto Neurath and His Relation to Greece”, E. Constantopoulos (ed.) The Significance of Philosophy in Architectural Education, 607-620. Athens: Panayotis & Effie Michelis Foundation.
  4. Kindi, V. (2012) “Healing the Epistemic Trauma” Neusis 20, pp. 147-165.
  5. Kindi, V. (2012). “Quentin Skinner. Laudatio”. On the occasion of Quentin Skinner’s Honorary Doctorate conferred on him by the University of Athens, Neusis 19, pp. 3-14.
  6. Kindi, V. and Costas Pagondiotis, (2010). “The problem of the cognitive penetratability of perception. Historical review”, The Cognitive Penetratability of Perception. V. Kindi and C. Pagondiotis (eds) Noisis 06, pp. 5-35

Additional Information

  • Member of the Governing Board of the University of Athens, elected by the faculty of the UoA (November 2013-16).
  • Member of the University Senate, University of Athens, elected as representative of the faculty of the Dept of Philosophy and History of Science 2007-8.
  • Reviewer for international and Greek academic journals.
  • Member of the editorial board of the philosophical journal Deukalion and the Editorial Committee of the journals Isopoliteia and Noesis.
  • Editor-in-chief of the philosophical journal Cogito (2004-2010).
  • Consultant, Ethics Committee, National Broadcasting Council of Greece (1999)
  • Consultant to the European Center of Delphi and the Greek Ministry of   Education for the establishment and organization of Debate Tournaments in the Greek Lykeia. (2001-2011)     
  • Hellenic Society of University Women (founding member and member of the governing board)
  • The Observatory on Research and Dialogue on the Greek University (founding member and member of Governing Board.