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Periodo di riferimento
01/09/2018 - 01/09/2021
Dipartimento di Filosofia e Beni Culturali
Professore associato
A.A.InsegnamentoCodice VotoVoto medio area
2018/2019Philosophy of Social SciencesPHD009
Anno solareTipologiaTesi RelatoreTesi Correlatore
2018Corso di laurea4
2018Corso di laurea magistrale12
2019Corso di laurea5
2019Corso di laurea magistrale31
2020Corso di laurea2
2020Corso di laurea magistrale11
  • Inclusive science and European democracies
  • Knowledge for Use: Making the Most of Social Science to Build Better Policies
  • Knowledge for Use: Making the Most of Social Science to Build Better Policies
  • Trust in Science: The ontic and pragmatic debates
  • Evidence for use
  • God's Order, Man's Order and the Order of Nature
  • Inclusive science and European democracies
  • Knowledge for Use: Making the Most of Social Science to Build Better Policies
  • Trust in Science: The ontic and pragmatic debates
  • Eleonora Montuschi, Baptiste Bedessem, Romain Julliard (2021), Measuring epistemic success of a biodiversity citizen science program: A citation study in PLOS ONE, vol. n/a, pp. 1-13 (ISSN 1932-6203) (Articolo su rivista)
  • Eleonora Montuschi (2020), Finding a Context for Objectivity in SYNTHESE, vol. n/a, pp. 1-16 (ISSN 0039-7857) (Articolo su rivista)
  • Eleonora Montuschi (2020), Expertise e Forme di Collaborazione Epistemica in Roberto Gronda, Esperti Scientifici e Complessità, Pisa, Pisa University Press, vol. 1, pp. 119-134 (ISBN 978-88-3339-395-7) (Articolo su libro)
  • Montuschi (2020), Studiare la logica a cavallo tra le discipline in Montuschi Eleonora, Pietro Omodeo, Ordinare il mondo. Prospettive logiche ed epistemologiche su scienza, natura e società, Roma, Armando, pp. 9-15 (ISBN 978-88-6992-679-2) (Breve introduzione)
  • (a cura di) Montuschi (2020), Ordinare il Mondo. Prospettive logiche ed epistemologiche su scienza, natura e società in Montuschi Eleonora, Pietro Omodeo, Roma, Armando, pp. 7-191 (ISBN 978-88-6992-679-2) (Curatela)
  • Eleonora Montuschi (2020), Not for profit, but for use: is philosophy good for practice? in CHESS WORKING PAPER, Durham, University of Durham, vol. n/a, pp. 1-16 (ISSN 2053-2660) (Working paper)
  • MONTUSCHI Eleonora (2019), Filosofia della scienza e sociologia della conoscenza scientifica in Barrotta Pierluigi, MONTUSCHI Eleonora, La filosofia della scienza in Italia, Roma, Armando, pp. 323-344 (ISBN 978-88-6992-607-5) (Articolo su libro)
  • MONTUSCHI Eleonora (2019), La filosofia della scienza: spunti di riflessione disciplinare in Barrotta Pierluigi, MONTUSCHI Eleonora, La filosofia della scienza in Italia, Roma, Armando, pp. 12-27 (ISBN 978-88-6992-607-5) (Articolo su libro)
  • (a cura di) Eleonora Montuschi (2019), La filosofia della scienza in Italia in Barrotta, Pierluigi; Montuschi, Eleonora in La filosofia della scienza in Italia, Roma, Armando, pp. 1-350 (ISBN 978-88-6992-607-5) (Curatela)
  • Montuschi Eleonora (2018), Constructed Objectivity and Realist Presuppositions: A Kantian Framework in CHESS WORKING PAPER, vol. 2018-01, pp. 1-23 (ISSN 2053-2660) (Articolo su rivista)
  • Eleonora Montuschi; Pierluigi Barrotta (2018), Expertise, Relevance and Types of Knowledge in SOCIAL EPISTEMOLOGY, vol. 32, pp. 387-396 (ISSN 0269-1728) (Articolo su rivista)
  • Pierluigi Barrotta; Eleonora Montuschi (2018), Filosofia del rischio, conoscenza locale e ruolo degli esperti: un’analisi epistemologica di case study in PARADIGMI, vol. XXXVI, pp. 159-172 (ISSN 1120-3404) (Articolo su rivista)
  • Eleonora Montuschi; Pierluigi Barrotta (2018), The Dam Project.: Who are the experts? A philosophical lesson from the Vajont disaster , Science and Democracy. Controversies and Conflicts, Amsterdam, Benjamins, pp. 17-33 (ISBN 978 90 272 0074 7) (Articolo su libro)
anno solare 2021 (entro 9/1/21):
tre tesi triennale PISE
NSF's merit review process, US National Science Foundation (
Evaluator for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Evaluator for Miur Ricerca
Evaluator for REWIRE: Reinforcing Women in Research; Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND Fellowship Programme
membro editorial board 'European Journal for the Philosophy of Science'
membro editorial board 'Philosophy of Social Science'
I have concluded my work under the framework of the ERC project grant ‘Knowledge for use’ (Durham/LSE/Ca’ Foscari), for which I led the research stream ‘Deliberating policies’. The project ended in December 2021. I have consolidated the research conducted in the context of this project in a number of publications on the relation between deliberation, expert judgement and local knowledge –– with the addition of some theoretical concern for the multifaceted issue of trust. This angle of analysis appeared particularly relevant in addressing the problem of the use/s of expert knowledge. For example, when expert judgement takes the form of scientific advice to policy making, questioning the reliability of the content of that advice is no doubt one aspect of concern. But we ought also to question how that advice reaches the policy sphere, by what processes and mechanisms, and whether and how these processes secure accountability, objectivity, and transparency of purpose. In one word we also need to question how we do/can ‘trust’ the process that goes from advice to policy.
I have been discussing these issues in academic venues, both nationally and internationally, and non-academic fora (such as the Group of Chief Scientific Advisers at the European Commission in Brussels). Some of this work has been published in journals (Fascia A, Scopus), and some has converged, as the result of a collaborative effort, on a book (forthcoming 2022) with Oxford University Press that goes under the title of ‘The Tangle of Science. Reliability beyond the Scientific Method, Rigour and Objectivity’. In this book I have worked in particular on articulating the part on scientific method (what it really means for science to follow methods) by developing a perspective partly normative and partly pragmatic, and on a part on scientific objectivity, where I try to develop a new model of objectivity based on the relevance of the concepts of context and purpose.
Most of my work on trust and reliability has been made possible by being awarded in 2018 a seed grant by Ca’ Foscari (SPIN grant - Supporting Principal Investigator – Misura 2, Progetti standard internazionali), which gave me the resources to identify and assemble an international network of scholars and practitioners in view of applying for a Horizon 2020 grant. In March 2019 I submitted as lead partner under H2020-SC6 - GOVERNANCE-01-2019 “Trust in Governance” the research proposal 'Trust in Contemporary Knowledge Societies' (TICKS). The project aimed to develop a new conceptual approach to the understanding of the different dimensions of trust in societal institutions when decisions and policy advice are informed by scientific knowledge and empirical research. The grant was not awarded but the proposal received an evaluation above threshold (11.50 on 10) and received a Ca’ Foscari internal research prize.
The Ca’ Foscari SPIN grant was also behind the setting up of the research centre ‘TIS-Trust in Science’ at DFBC, which I have been directing since 2019. The centre hosts an interdisciplinary/international network of scholars (partly overlapping with the network identified for the TICKS grant proposal) feeding into different research projects and activities, a student component (with its own permanent discussion group and blog ‘The Students’ Voice’ (, and research links with akin centres and joint research initiatives, e.g. CHESS (Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society), University of Durham. The centre has also recently become a showcase for the activities of ISEED, the new research project I was awarded in July 2019 by the EC under the scheme H2020 SU-GOVERNANCE-21-2020 ‘Developing deliberative and participatory democracies through experimentations’.
This project (Inclusive Science and European Democracy - ISEED) makes an original move: it uses existing experience in the broadly defined field of citizen science (i.e., the participation of citizens who are not professional scientists – individual citizens, NGOs, groups of patients, etc. – to the production and use of scientific knowledge) as a tool to explore under what conditions participative and deliberative practices can be successfully implemented in democratic governance for the purpose of building forms of knowledge-based democratic governance complementary to political representation. Calls for a more participative way of doing science go hand in hand with a rise of people literacy. And a larger involvement of citizens in the orientation of research and/or in the production of knowledge is valued for the sake of democracy – an orientation not only justified conceptually but supported for global strategic policy reasons. The focus on participation calls for a re-definition of the nature and role that participation has in democratic societies. The central feature that will be emphasised is deliberation atheme I have been working on since the ERC project 2015-2021. Deliberative participation, as this project intends to articulate and test, puts the accent not so much on the final act of choosing (e.g. voting for or against a position) but rather on the process that leads to making a choice. Participating in this process entails an active, informed, competent, engaged incentive for ‘taking part in’ or ‘being part’ of that very process, which can only depend on reasons and justifications that transcend the immediate content of an immediate choice. Deliberative participation is, in other words, one of the forms taken by educated citizenship, or commitment to polity.
For this reason, deliberative participation can only find a chance of practical implementation in the context of an equally reformulated idea of public sphere that proves conducive of stronger forms of engagement, fruitful integration and open communication. It would be a mistake to imagine a single ‘public opinion’ – an idea that would rest on an excess of optimism regarding the ability of citizens to be informed on all sorts of complex and varied subjects. Rather, what ought to be envisaged, and identified, are numerous ‘publics’ and ‘counterpublics’, taking shape, and equally fading away, not only on the basis of circumstances (and for this reason the scope, and the very existence, of a public sphere cannot be decided a priori), but also and more specifically of the values and interests most felt and defended by a variety of citizens. Participation and deliberation in ISEED are the tools through which citizens gain critical awareness of their social identities, and control over the decisions that affect their lives. Within the same context, having fair and shared access to spaces and tools of knowledge production is arguably central. Blind participation or simple exposure to even torrential fluxes of information in ‘open’ fora of discussion are not conducive of real awareness or control – which is often the case when the public is exposed, for example, to the unregulated market of news on the internet. ISEED will therefore investigate to what extent digital media have contributed to polarising discourses, populist narratives and distrust in science; in what forms emotions, rather than logical reasoning, are much more likely to be the driver behind decisions and in public dialogue on issue of social relevance; and what are the actual and potential contributions of social media to rational argument and better decision processes in debates concerning scientific issues.
This is a wide, multi-disciplinary, collaborative project ,involving 12 partners in different EU and non EU countries, and jointly working on conceptual and empirical aspects from a number of different disciplines (philosophy of science/social science/economics and political sociology, political economics, organisations and management, policy analysis, communication science, social psychology, feminist theory, as well as public engagement practitioners). It has been running for a year. I have been coordinating the work conducted within the 6 work packages, and I have been doing research within a particular work package (WP2) dealing with what it means to do science in terms of citizen science, and how to build a new idea of public sphere based on a suitable concept of deliberative participation. I will describe the project's outcomes and impact in the next report.
Ho in corso di pubblicazione i seguenti testi (su cui ho lavorato nel 2020-21):
- The Tangle of Science. Reliability Beyond the Scientific Method, Rigour, and Objectivity (with N. Cartwright et al.), Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2022; monografia.
- ‘Science, Philosophy, Practice: Lessons from Use’, Philosophy in the Contemporary World, Spring/Summer issue 2022; articolo su rivista.

Nel 2021 ho lavorato sui seguenti articoli (che intendo sottomettere entro 2022):
- ‘Understanding “what” in public understanding of science’ (with B. Bedessem), Perspectives on Science
- ‘On Scientific Method: Why Content Matters’, Foundations of Science
- ‘Is Science Reliable? Trusting the Expert Without Being One’, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science.
Conseguimento di premialità Ca’ Foscari (premi incentivi di Ateneo) per ricerca d’eccellenza per i seguenti progetti:

TICKS - 'Trust in Contemporary Knowledge Societies' (2019)
ISEED – ‘Inclusive Science and European Democracies’ (2020)
17 Giugno 2021: relatore su invito ‘Is science reliable? The problem of trust in scientific and health authorities’, Summer School ‘The Age Criterion in the Allocation of Limited Resources during a Pandemic’, 14-18 Giugno 2021, Venice International University, San Servolo Venezia.

20 Maggio 2021: relatore di panel su invito (con Ilaria Capua, Massimiano Bucchi, Gian-Andri Casutt e Fabiana Zollo), ‘Science and Society: A Trust Issue’, The QUEST Project (Quality and Effectiveness in Science and Technology Communication), webinar, Ca’ Foscari Facebook page e YouTube channel.

12 Maggio 2021: relatore su invito ‘Inclusive Science and European Democracy’, European Commission cluster meeting ‘Developing deliberative and participatory democracies through experimentation’, Bruxelles (online).

18 Settembre 2020: relatore invitato tramite referaggio con presentazione di poster (con B Bedessem) ‘Measuring Epistemic Success of Citizen Science Programmes’, congresso internazionale ‘Public Engagement with Science: Defining and Measuring Success’ Michigan State University (online).

20 Settembre 2019: relatore su invito ‘How do we choose a good method in science?’, convegno internazionale ‘Norms in Social Research’, University of Bergen (Norway).

11 Giugno 2019: relatore su invito ‘Objectivity and the tangle of practice’, simposio di Progetto ‘The Politics of Economics’, CRASSH-Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Cambridge University UK.

26 Ottobre 2018: relatore su invito e discussant, ‘Structure’, K4U workshop, CPNSS, LSE.

19 Ottobre 2018: relatore su invito, ‘La filosofia della scienza in Italia’, convegno Associazione Nuova Civiltà delle Macchine, 19-20 Ottobre 2019, Forlì.
17 Giugno 2021: esperto di panel su invito (con Maurizio Ferrera, Francesco Guala e Roberta Sala), ‘Voltare pagina. Chi decide le politiche in uscita dalla pandemia’, webinar, I Dialoghi di Fondazione Bassetti, Milano.

12 Marzo 2021: relatore su invito ‘La scienza controversa. Quando i ricercatori litigano e la conoscenza progredisce’, META Debates, Milano Politecnico (online).
Peer review di articoli periodo 2018-21 per:
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
European Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Foundations of Science
International Studies in the Philosophy of Science
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Philosophical Studies
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Social Science
Social Epistemology
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science

Reviewer di monografia (2021) per Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

2018, 2019, 2020, 2021: membro del comitato di peer review per selezione di talks per annual conference ENPOSS (European Network in the Philosophy of Social Science)

Ongoing Membership ad accademie di prestigio:
ENPOSS – European Network for the Philosophy of Social Science (membro di ENPOSS Steering Committee, per coordinamento e gestione del network, inclusa organizzazione dei congressi annuali, Organizzatore e coordinatore del primo congresso congiunto ENPOSS/ American Philosophy of Social Science Roundtable, Settembre 2013, Ca’ Foscari Venezia.
BSPS – British Society for the Philosophy of Science (membro; già membro di BSPS Committee)
PSA – Philosophy of Science Association (membro)
EPSA – European Philosophy of Science Association (membro)
SILFS – Italian Society for Logic and Philosophy of Science (membro)
SIF – Italian Society of Philosophy (membro)
POND - Philosophy of Science Around the Mediterranean

Aprile 2021: organizzatore laboratorio specialistico ‘Understanding Science’, e relatore (con B. Bedessem guest speaker), Collegio Internazionale Ca’ Foscari, 23-30 Aprile 2021 (online).

Marzo 2021: membro del comitato organizzativo e chair di sessioni, congresso internazionale ENPOSS Philosophy of Social Science, 4-7 Marzo 2021, Tokyo (online).

Settembre 2020 : membro del comitato organizzativo e chair di sessioni, congresso internazionale ENPOSS Philosophy of Social Science, 14-16 Settembre 2020 Toulouse (online). Nel contesto : ideatore, organizzatore and chair di Book Symposium sul libro di Mary Morgan Narrative in Science, discussione con l’autore, 16 Settembre 2020.

Aprile 2020-Aprile 2021: co-organizzatore e discussant, webinars bisettimanali della serie ‘Knowledge for Use’, LSE/Durham/Ca’ Foscari, con ospiti su invito.

Maggio 2019: co-organizzatore e chair a workshop internazionale ‘Ordering the World: Logical and epistemological perspectives on nature, science and society’, 19 Maggio 2019, Dipartimento di Filosofia e Beni Culturali, Ca’ Foscari.

Dicembre 2019: organizzatore e coordinatore convegno internazionale ‘Citizen Science and Deliberative Democracy’, progetto SPIN, 19 Dicembre 2021, Ca’ Foscari.
26 Agosto 2020: relatore su invito ‘Philosophy and Science: An Unseemly Marriage?’, Festival delle Scuole di Eccellenza, Ca’ Foscari, Venezia (online).

Aprile 2021: relatore laboratorio specialistico ‘Understanding Science’ (con B. Bedessem guest speaker), Collegio Internazionale Ca’ Foscari, 23-30 Aprile 2021

20 Marzo 2021: presentazione su invito ‘Gli Usi della Scienza’ (con R. Campaner), Festival della Scienza di Verona, webinar.

Maggio 2019: co-organizzatore e chair a workshop internazionale ‘Ordering the World: Logical and epistemological perspectives on nature, science and society’, 19 Maggio 2019, Dipartimento di Filosofia e Beni Culturali, Ca’ Foscari.

Novembre 2018: organizzatore e chair della Lezione Inaugurale del corso di laurea ‘Philosophy, International Studies and Economics’ offerta da Nancy Cartwright, Dipartimento di Economia, 26 Novembre 2018, Ca’ Foscari, Venezia.

12 February 2020: lezione su invito ‘What is the relation between science and philosophy?’, Highgate School, Highgate London (ciclo di lezioni con guest speakers accademici per studenti in preparazione di A levels).

16 Gennaio 2019: lezione su invito ‘Nuove tendenze in filosofia della scienza’, Liceo Scientifico Statale ‘Leonardo Da Vinci’ Treviso (ciclo formazione insegnanti)
2020-21: Promotore di convenzione accademica fra Università Ca’ Foscari e Università Alma Mater di Bologna per l’implementazione di un master interateneo di primo livello in ‘Philosophy and History of Science and Technology’ (prima edizione, ottobre 2022).

Da 2012 a oggi: Promotore e coordinatore di ‘Academic Partnership’ fra Dipartimento Filosofia e Beni Culturali Ca’ Foscari e Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, LSE (Memorandum of Agreement for Academic Partnership 2012).

2021-2024 Principal Investigator/lead partner, Horizon 2020 - Call SC6 Governance 2020 (“Governance for The Future”), title “Inclusive Science and European Democracies” (960366-ISEED). Total budget: € 2.723.287,00
Il progetto utilizza l’esperienza sviluppata dalla cosiddetta citizen science come modello per comprendere e analizzare i meccanismi che innescano il coinvolgimento e l’incentivo alla partecipazione dal basso nelle società democratiche a partire da questioni in ambito scientifico.

2015-2021. Stream leader e responsabile di progetto per partner Ca’ Foscari, ERC Advanced grant: 'Knowledge For Use: Making the Most of Social Science to Build Better Policies', (667526-K4U-ERC-2014-ADG/ERC-2014-ADG), Durham/London School of Economics/Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. Total budget: € 2,092,125.00
In una prospettiva in senso lato popperiana il progetto intende mostrare come far uso della ricerca scientifica, in combinazione con la conoscenza comune, allo scopo di rendere le policy sociali migliori, ovvero più giuste e più affidabili, e comprendere come deliberare al meglio su di esse.

Per Ca’ Foscari, progetti vinti e progetti valutati sopra soglia:
2021-2023. “Inclusive Science and European Democracies” (960366-ISEED/Horizon 2020). Total budget: € 2.723.287,00

2019. 'Trust in Contemporary Knowledge Societies' (870833-TICKS/Horizon 2020). Total budget: € 2.993,453.00.

2015-2021. 'Knowledge For Use: Making the Most of Social Science to Build Better Policies', (667526-K4U-ERC Advanced). Total budget: € 2,092,125.00

2019, ‘The Successes and Failures of Science Through the Lens of Intellectual Humility: Perspectives from the History and Philosophy of Science’, proposta presentata a John Templeton Foundation, IH in the Philosophy of Science - ID: 62247. Lead partner: Università di Durham; partners: Ca’ Foscari, Università del Kent. Budget totale richiesto: £ 1,073,193.99.
La proposta ha passato il primo di due stadi di valutazione in Ottobre 2019.
Quale membro del Comitato Ricerca, valutazione prodotti di ricerca per allocazione fondi ADIR di dipartimento (2017-2020).

Valutazione progetti di ricerca nazionali e internazionali (vedi sopra):

REWIRE: Reinforcing Women in Research Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND Fellowship Programme 2019.

- REPRISE – esperti revisori per la valutazione scientifica della ricerca italiana del Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca (MIUR) – da 2018.

- South Africa’s National Research Foundation – 2018.
Ca’Foscari – Dipartimento
- Membro della Giunta (2020-2023)
- Delegato per l’Internazionalizzazione (2020-2023; 2016-17)
- Delegato per l’Orientamento e progetti annessi incluso Open Day e POT-Piani Orientamento e Tutorato (2018-2020)
- Membro del Collegio didattico di Filosofia (2019-2020; 2011-2017)
- Membro della Commissione Paritetica, inclusa preparazione della relazione annuale per il CdL ‘Philosophy, International Relations and Economics’ (2017-2020)
- Membro del Comitato Ricerca, inclusa valutazione prodotti di ricerca per allocazione fondi ADIR di dipartimento (2017-2020)
- Membro del gruppo di dipartimento selezionato per valutazione CEV (Commissione Esperti della Valutazione, Anvur) (2018)
- Membro del Collegio didattico di ‘Philosophy International Studies and Economics’ (2015-2020)
- Membro del Collegio di Dottorato di Filosofia e Scienze della Formazione (da 2011).

- Membro commissioni di conferimento assegni:
2019: procedura di selezione per il conferimento di 1 assegno di ricerca, SSD M-Fil/02, su specifico programma di ricerca (SPIN-Misura 2, Ca’ Foscari) ai sensi dell’art.7 del Regolamento per il conferimento degli assegni di ricerca, decreto rettorale 1139/2020
2021: 2 procedure di selezione per il conferimento di 2 assegni di ricerca su specifici programmi di ricerca (SSD: M-Fil/02, SPS/01, SPS/04) ai sensi dell’art.7 del Regolamento per il conferimento degli assegni di ricerca, decreto rettorale 1139/2020. Assegno 1: Bando rep. N. 199/2021 Prot. n. 0012511 del 22/02/2021; Assegno 2: Bando Rep. 403/2021 Prot. n. 33892 del 12/05/2021.
- Membro Commissioni di concorso:
2021: procedura di conferimento di 32 assegni di ricerca postdoc di tipo A banditi con decreto rettorale n. 2106/20 del 29/05/2020, Università Statale di Milano – sottocommissione per Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Sociali per conferimento di un assegno SSD SPS/01.
2021: procedura di selezione per l’assunzione di n. 1 ricercatore a tempo indeterminato ai sensi dell’art.24, comma 3, lett. b) della Legge 240/2010 presso il Dipartimento di Civiltà e Forme del Sapere dell’Università di Pisa, Settore concorsuale 11C2, SSD M-FIL/02, Codice selezione RIC2020b3_A6