Emanuele Ratti

Emanuele Ratti

Ph.D., Foundations and Ethics of the Life Sciences, European School of Molecular Medicine (SEMM) in partnership with the Università degli Studi di Milano
M.A., Philosophy of Information, University of Hertfordshire
B.A., Philosophy, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Emanuele Ratti is a philosopher of biology interested in the epistemology of contemporary molecular biology, and in how the epistemic dynamics of this molecular field are shaped by the transition from a small-science regime to a big-science structure. He holds a Ph.D. from the FOLSATEC program at the European School of Molecular Medicine (SEMM), affiliated with the European Institute of Oncology (IEO, Milan), and an M.A. by Research from the University of Hertfordshire, where he was supervised by Professor Luciano Floridi. Emanuele was a visiting student at the University of Pennsylvania, under the supervision of professor Michael Weisberg. He also has experience in scientific labs, serving as an intern for one year in the bioinformatics lab of Dr. Francesca Ciccarelli.

Emanuele's primary aim in the project 'Developing Virtues in the Practice of Science' is to provide a list of virtues and dispositions that have been valued in the history and philosophy of science, and, in particular, the history and philosophy of experimental biology. Moreover, he is developing a project aimed at understanding how dispositions and virtues might be epistemically relevant in the practice of science.

Selected Publications
  • ‘Towards a Notion of Intervention in Big-Data Biology and Molecular Medicine’ (with Federico Boem). In Foundational Issues in Molecular Medicine, edited by Marco Nathan and Giovanni Boniolo. London: Routledge, forthcoming.
  • ‘Big Data Biology: Between Eliminative Inferences and Exploratory Experiments’. Philosophy of Science 82.2 (2015): 198-218.
  • ‘Junk or Functional DNA? ENCODE and the Function Controversy’ (with Pierre-Luc Germain and Federico Boem). Biology & Philosophy 29 (2014): 807-31.

Emanuele Ratti CV (PDF, 41K)

Contact Information

B028 Malloy Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556
(574) 631-6058