KOSTIC Daniel

Post-doctorant, bourse Marie Curie

Post-doctorant sur une bourse Marie Curie, il travaillera pour les deux années à venir, avec Philippe Huneman sur les explications topologiques en neurosciences et sciences cognitives. Il étudiera spécifiquement sur cette base une solution au problème de l'  « explanatory gap » en philosophie de l'esprit, et envisagera dans cette perspective la notion de "réalisabilité", ainsi que celle d'espace des qualia.

I'm a philosopher of science and philosopher of mind. From May 2016 I was an EPSA (European Philosophy of Science Association) Fellow at Institut d'histoire et de philosophie des sciences et des techniques (IHPST), University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France. And from June 2016 I continued as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Intra-European Fellow at the IHPST.

I'm currently a guest editor in Synthese for a Special Issue on "Mechanistic and Topological Explanations". I'm also preparing a book on topological explanations in sciences together with Philippe Huneman. 

My current research is developed in two directions, one in philosophy of science and the other in philosophy of mind.

In philosophy of science I work on a comprehensive account of topological explanations, especially in neuroscience. Topological explanations study features of connectedness of various systems by using network analysis, graph theory and similar approaches. This strand of my research is developed in regard to explanatory power of topological models, their non-causal features, and their representational constraints given the methods and techniques for data obtaining . 

In philosophy of mind I develop arguments against the conceptual analysis or the semantic approach in general. My arguments are based on the idea that conceptual analysis only tells us how truth functions of terms behave in different modal semantics, but it doesn't tell us much about a target phenomenon. 

I received my undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Belgrade. In July 2011 I received my PhD degree in philosophy from Humboldt University in Berlin. I was a non-award research PhD student at King's College London where I worked with Professor David Papineau who was also one of my PhD examiners. 

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