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Lilia Gurova
New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria
Spring Term 2006
Theories, Models, and Experiments
in the Dynamics of Scientific Knowledge

July 2007
During the past academic 2006/2007 I took part in several local conferences and presented a paper (“A Plea for a Moderate Anti-Justificationism”) at the conference “Confirmation, Induction, and Science” (LSE, 8-10 March, 2007). All papers presented are still at a draft stage.

About the end of 2007 I am supposed to finish a hundred pages manuscript about epistemic standards in science.

My current research interests are focused on theory-models relations (how models increase the empirical content of theories) and categorization in science (how scientists deal with/reason about newly discovered phenomena).

Spring 2006
Lilia Gurova is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cognitive Science and Psychology at New Bulgarian University ( Sofia), where she teaches philosophy, foundations of scientific reasoning, history of psychology, and foundations of cognitive science to undergraduates in psychology and graduate students in cognitive science.

Her current research is focused on the use of models, theoretical concepts and causal inferences in science. She believes that one cannot get to a proper understanding of what is going in science today without revealing the epistemic features of these hallmarks of contemporary scientific thinking. She is also interested in the problem of demarcation between science and pseudoscience and the broader problem of justification of scientific knowledge.

When she is not occupied with teaching, investigating epistemological problems, or looking after her two children, Lilia likes walking, swimming, listening to any kind of good music, reading biographies, and talking with friends.

26 August 2010
In 2009 I took part in the XXIII International Congress of History of Science and Technology (Budapest, 28 July – 2 August) as a co-organizer of the session T39 History of Cognitive Science. In the next months, together with Csaba Pléh and Laszlo Ropolyi, I was involved in the edition of the  volume “New Perspectives on the History of Cognitive Science”, which will be published by Akadémiai Kiadó (Member of Wolters Kluwer Group). The next international event in which I took part was the conference “Knowledge, Value, Evolution”, held in Prague, 23-25 November, 2009. A pre-print of my paper “Fodor vs. Darwin: A Methodological Follow-Up” which I presented there and which is to appear in the proceedings of the conference (edited by J. Hvorecky and T. Hribek) is available on-line in the PhilSci Archive (http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/archive/00005369/).

Besides teaching and participating in numerous local conferences, I should mention also the efforts involved in launching the Balkan Journal of Philosophy, a new international journal, of which Editorial Board I am a member.

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