COSMOS project aims to create a network of experts from the fields of space sciences, astrophysics, astronomy and cosmology that can systematically interact with philosophers on topics concerning the study of the universe, its phenomena and laws, in order to develop categories suitable for the understanding of cosmology as a unique practice of human beings.
Our ability to do cosmology is deeply rooted in the foundations of mathematics, technological innovation and anthropology and only a multi-disciplinary collaboration can grasp all implications that theoretical and observational cosmology brings with it.
COSMOS is a large network in history and philosophy of cosmology operating in Italy and abroad. The project is carried out at the Department of Philosophy (University of Milan) in collaboration with members of the Brera Observatory.
We are currently working in 4 Virtual Labs, if you want to join our Network, please go to Contacts.
Our main Research Questions
- The idea of universe: why does the need of modeling the universe arise? Is there a functionalist reading of the dark sector and objects, such as black holes? (VIRTUAL LAB 1)
- Paradigm/testing relationship of a theory and its models: how do we use aerospace technology for experiments that confirm our theories? How do we use high-energy physics to study matter and the early stages of the universe? How do we use nuclear physics and other branches of physics to understand the evolution of stars and map the observable universe? Which aspects of these practices show continuity/rupture with the past? (VIRTUAL LAB 2)
- What is the role of analogical reasoning in space sciences and cosmology? How could we attain confirmation from this? Which kind of inferences were used in the past when talking about the universe and its properties? (VIRTUAL LAB 3)
- Which theoretical and observational challenges our physics encounters and which ones should be addressed in a new fundamental theory? (VIRTUAL LAB 4)
- Implement research in the history and philosophy of cosmology, including topics from space sciences
- Establish a network of scientists (astrophysicists, cosmologists) and philosophers to pursue the development of categories suitable for the understanding the universe and its processes
- Create the possibility of inserting the history and philosophy of cosmology between training subjects in higher education
- Share knowledge with the public on the challenges of the 21st century concerning our understanding of the universe and the use of space