Tomasz Bigaj

Tomasz Bigaj (PhD in philosophy in 1996, University of Warsaw) is an associate professor at the Institute of Philosophy, University of Warsaw, Poland, and a Marie Curie visiting fellow at the University of Bristol. He was a Marie Curie fellow at the University of California, San Diego, USA, and a visiting Fulbright fellow at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. His recent research focuses on selected topics in the metaphysics of quantum mechanics, including the counterfactual analysis of quantum non-locality and causality, the dispositional interpretation of quantum properties, and the problem of identity and indiscernibility in philosophy and physics. Among his publications are: the book Non-locality and Possible Worlds. A Counterfactual Perspective on Quantum Entanglement (Ontos Verlag 2006), the edited volume (with Christian Wüthrich) Metaphysics in Contemporary Physics (Brill/Rodopi 2016), and over forty articles in Polish and international journals and collections of essays (including Journal of Philosophical Logic, Synthese, Erkenntnis, Ontology of Spacetime II, Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, Metaphysica, Philosophy of Science, Poznań Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities, and Foundations of Science). Bigaj’s recent publications can be found here: .


Gabriele De Anna

Gabriele De Anna is currently juniorprofessor of Philosophy at Bamberg University, in Germany. He received two PhDs in Philosophy, one from the University of Padua (Italy) and one from the University of St Andrews (Scotland), after completing a Laurea degree (Padua) and Master of literature (St Andrews). He was Visiting Student at the University of Santa Barbara (USA), Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh (USA), Marie Curie Fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Cambridge (England), and First Chair of Philosophy at the University of Bamberg (Germany). He wrote over thirty articles in professional journals and collective volumes, and six monographs, including Scienza, Normativita, politica. La natura umana tra l’immagine scientifica e quella manifesta, Milan: Franco Angeli, 2012, Azione e Rappresentanza. Un problema “metafisico” del liberalismo contemporaneo, Naples: Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, 2012. He has edited seven volumes, including Willing the Good. Empirical Challenges to the Explanation of Human Behaviour, Necastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, and Evolutionary Ethics and Contemporary Biology, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2006 (with G. Boniolo).


Danilo Facca

Director of the Institute of Philosophy at the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw. He is a member of the ICFO Program Council.


Michał Głowala

Michał Głowala is an assistant professor at the Institute of Philosophy, University of Wrocław. His research concerns mainly scholastic metaphysics (especially the metaphysics of powers and the metaphysics of action in late scholasticism) in the context of contemporary analytical metaphysics (in particular the metaphysics of powers). His recent publications include Singleness. Self-Individuation and Its Rejection in the Scholastic Debate on Principles of Individuation (forthcoming in de Gruyter), Power Individuation: A New Version of the Single-Tracking View („Metaphysica” 16 (2015), issue 2), Unity and Plurality in Joint Manifestations of Powers: A Scholastic Approach („Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia” 71 (2015), issue 4), How do Powers Tend toward Their Manifestations? Three Thomistic Theories of the Prevention of Powers (in Analytically Oriented Thomism, ed. M. Szatkowski (2016)).



Joanna Golińska-Pilarek

Joanna Golińska-Pilarek is an assistant professor at the Institute of Philosophy, University of Warsaw. Her research interests are focused on logic and its applications, in particular in philosophy, mathematics, cognitive and computer sciences, among others. Recently, she works on logics for qualitative reasoning and their (relational) dual tableaux, non-Fregean logics with identity and equimeaning connectives. She published in leading international journals (Annals of Pure and Applied Logic, Logic Journal of IGPL, Fuzzy Sets and Systems, Studia Logica, Mathematical Logic Quarterly, Journal of Philosophical Logic, Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic). She has also co-authored a comprehensive survey monograph Dual Tableaux: Foundations, Methodology, Case Studies published in Springer (2011). She is currently conducting a large project on logics for qualitative reasoning funded by the Polish National Science Centre within program MAESTRO (see In the ICFO Council she represents the Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology of the University of Warsaw. Homepage:


Christian Kanzian

Christian Kanzian is a professor of philosophy at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. His research concerns analytical philosophy, especially analytical ontology, history of philosophy (Kant). The list of his monographies includes: Grundproblerne der Analytischen Ontologie (with E. Runggaldier, 1998), Ereignisse und andere Partikularien (2001), Ding – Substanz – Person. Eine Alltagsontologie (2009). 2016 will appear his Wie Dinge sind. Editions (selection): Substance and Attribute (together with Legenhausen 2007), Persistence (2008), How Things Are (together with Loffler, Quitterer 2011). Kanzian has published more than seventy articles, mainly to ontological topics. He is a President of the Austrian Wittgenstein Society. Homepage:


Srećko Kovač

Srećko Kovač is a professor of logic at the Institute of Philosophy (Zagreb, Croatia). His research concerns philosophical logic (Logical Structures and Intentionality; Logic, Language and Modalities). He is the author of Logical Questions and Procedures (with B. Žarnić, 2008), Logical-Philosophical Papers (2005), Logic (1994, 2nd ed. 2004), and Logic as a “Demonstrated Doctrine” (1992), in Croatian. He has published about 40 papers in international and Croatian journals and collections of papers. His current interests include logic of belief and knowledge, logic and ontology, logic of group decision-making, and history of logic.


Witold Marciszewski

Witold Marciszewski. Born 1930. Ph.D. 1959. Habilitation 1970 with dissertation on the logical theory of beliefs. Professor 1979. LECTURED mainly at the University of Warsaw. Visiting Professor: Halle 1974; Salzburg University, 1987. ESTABLISHED: in 1975 – university department of Logic and Informatics; 1980 – the quarterly “Studies in Logic, Grammar and Rhetoric“; 2011 – academic blog “Cafe Aleph” to discuss logical and ontological aspects of computer science. Co-edited and co-authored with Paweł Stacewicz. Published by a Foundation (promoting studies in computer science) in collaboration with the Warsaw University of Technology. SUPERVISED: in 1986-1990 the Polish national project “Logical Systems and Algorithms for Automated Proof-Checking”. MAIN PUBLICATIONS: “Dictionary of Logic: Concepts, Methods, Theories” (editor, author of the half of size), Nijhoff 1981. “Categorial Grammar” (co-edtitor and co-author), Benjamins 1988. “Logic from a Rhetorical Point of View“, de Gruyter 1994 (reprint 2012). “Mechanization of Reasoning in a Historical Perspective” (co-author R.Murawski), Rodopi 1995. His studies in FORMAL ONTOLOGY concern mainly the ontology of Leibniz: lectures in Salzburg, papers delivered at Leibniz Congresses, publications in “Studies…” etc. He is a member of the ICFO Program Council.


Jason L. Megill

Jason L. Megill finished his Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Virginia in December 2008. For the 2008-2009 academic year, he taught at the University of Colorado-Boulder. During 2009-2010, he taught at Old Dominion University. His areas of specialization are philosophy of mind, early modern philosophy and philosophy of religion. He is also interested in metaphysics and formal logic. Somme publications: (with Josh Mitchell), “A Modest Modal Ontological Argument.” Ratio 22.3: 338-349 (2009); “Naturalism, Physicalism and Epiphenomenalism.” Philosophical Psychology 20.6: 681-­686 (2007); “Locke’s Mysterianism: On the Unsolvability of the Mind-­Body Problem.” Locke Studies 5: 119-­148, (2005); (with Jon Cogburn) “Easy’s Getting Harder All the Time: The Computational Theory of Mind and Affective States.” Ratio 17.3: 306-­316, (2005). More info:


Prof Meixner Web
Uwe Meixner

Uwe Meixner is a professor of philosophy at the University of Augsburg, Germany. He previously was bound up with the University of Regensburg (till 2010) and earned his doctorate from that university in 1986, under the direction of Franz von Kutschera. His main fields of research are theoretical philosophy (especially, logic, metaphysics, and philosophy of mind) and the history of philosophy. Uwe Meixner is the author of twelve books: Handlung, Zeit, Notwendigkeit: Eine ontologisch-semantische Untersuchung (1987), Ereignis und Substanz: Die Metaphysik von Realität und Realisation (1997),  Axiomatic Formal Ontology (1997), Theorie der Kausalität: Ein Leitfaden zum Kausalbegriff in zwei Teilen (2001), The Two Sides of Being: A Reassessment of Psycho-Physical Dualism (2004), Einfuhrung in die Ontologie (2004), David Lewis (2006), The Theory of Ontic Modalitie (2006), Modalität: Möglichkeit, Notwendigkeit, Essenzialismus (2008), Philosophische Anfangsgründe der Quantenphysik (2009), Modelling Metaphysics: The Metaphysics of a Model (2010), Defending Husserl. A Plea in the Case of Wittgenstein & Company vs. Phenomenology (2014). He has published over 100 articles, and is a co-editor of two journals: Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy and Metaphysica. He is a member of the ICFO Program Council.


Marek Piwowarczyk
Marek Piwowarczyk

Marek Piwowarczyk is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. His main field of research is ontology. Occasionally he investigates some problems of philosophy of religion. His recent book “Podmiot i własności. Analiza podstawowej struktury przedmiotu” (“Subject and Properties. The Analysis of the Fundamental Structure of Object”) is devoted to various aspects of subjectproperties structure.


Giuseppe Primiero is Associate Professor of Logic at the Department of Philosophy, University of Milan (Italy). He acts as President of the DHST Commission for the History and Philosophy of Computing (HaPoC) and Secretary General of the Association Computability in Europe (CiE). His research interests are primarily in Logic and Computation, Philosophy of Computing and Information. He is a member of the Philosophy of Computing research group at the ICFO. More info:


Francesco Orilia

Francesco Orilia studied at the University of Palermo (M.A. in philosophy, 1979) and at Indiana University, Bloomington (Ph.D. in Philosophy, 1986). He is a professor of philosophy at the Università of Macerata, where he teaches classes in philosophy of language, logic, analytic ontology and philosophy of mind. His main research interests are in analytic ontology and the philosophy of language, time, mind and logic. He is the author of several books, including Singular reference. A descriptivist approach (Springer, Dordrecht, 2010), and many articles in refereed international journals such as Dialectica, Journal of Philosophical Logic, Journal of Symbolic Logic, Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic, Philosophical Studies, Synthese. His website is at He is one of the ICFO Mentors.


Paweł Polak
Paweł Polak

Paweł Polak – professor of philosophy at Pontifical University of John Paul II in Cracow, studied telecommunication at Cracow University of Technology (AGH) and philosophy at Pontifical Academy of Theology. Editor-in-chief of periodical ‘Philosophical Problems in Science (Zagadnienia Filozoficzne w Nauce)”, member of Commission on the History of Science of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, secretary of the Commission on the Philosophy of Science (the same Academy); published in „Studies in Logic, Grammar and Rhetoric”, „Foundations of Computing and Decision Sciences”, „Studia Historiae Scientiarum”, „Studia Metodologiczne”. He published books about philosophical aspects of scientometrics and about philosophical reception of Special and General Relativity in Lwów. His interests in philosophy of science include the history and philosophy of computing/informatics, pancomputationalism, history of Polish philosophy, he is also interested in applied philosophy (machine ethics and wine philosophy). He is a member of the Philosophy of Computing research group at the ICFO.


Peter Simons
Peter Simons

Peter Simons studied at the University of Manchester, and has held teaching posts at the University of Bolton, the University of Salzburg, where he is Honorary Professor of Philosophy, and the University of Leeds. He has been President of the European Society for Analytic Philosophy and is current director of the Franz Brentano Foundation. His research interests include metaphysics and ontology, the history of logic, the history of Central European Philosophy, particularly in Austria and Poland in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the application of metaphysics to engineering and other non-philosophical disciplines. He is the author of two books and over 200 articles. Peter Simons has been a Fellow of the British Academy since 2004, chaired their Philosophy Section from 2007-11, and is currently a member of their Council. In 2006 he was elected to the Academia Europaea and in 2013 to the Royal Irish Academy. Homepage: He is one of the ICFO Mentors.


Barry Smith

Barry Smith is SUNY Distinguished Professor in theDepartment of Philosophy in the University at Buffalo, with joint appointments in the Departments of Biomedical Informatics, Computer Science and Engineering, and Neurology. He also serves as Director of the National Center for Ontological Research.
Smith’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the US, Swiss and Austrian National Science Foundations, the Volkswagen Foundation, the European Union, and the US Department of Defense. His work on the science of ontology led to the establishment of Basic Formal Ontology (BFO) as the most commonly adopted upper-level ontology development framework. It also led to the formation of the OBO (Open Biomedical Ontologies) Foundry, a suite of interoperable ontology modules designed to support information-driven research in biology and biomedicine. The methodology underlying BFO and the OBO Foundry is now being applied in a range of different domains, including defense logistics, military intelligence, sustainable development, and industrial engineering. He is a member of the ICFO Program Council.


Mirosław Szatkowski

Mirosław Szatkowski was a professor of philosophy at the Warsaw University of Technology, Poland. He was also associated with the Department of Philosophy, Theory of Science and Religious Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany. His fields of research are Logic, Foundations of Mathematics, and Formal Ontology (especially, ontological proofs for the existence of God). The following three papers give a good expression of his interests: [1]. ‘‘Semantic Analysis of some Variants of Anderson-like Ontological Proofs’’, in Studia Logica, 79(2005), pp. 317-355. [2]. ‘‘How to think about the correctness of theistic belief’’, in Metaphysica, 15(2014), pp. 47–68. [3]. ‘‘God’s Omniscience and Logical Virtue’’, in God, Truth, and other Enigmas, edited by M. Szatkowski, Walter de Gruyter, 2015, 99-116. He served as the first Director of the ICFO.


Kazimierz Trzęsicki

Kazimierz Trzęsicki is a professor of philosophy at the Faculty of History and Sociology, University of Białystok, Poland. His main fields of research are Logic, History and Philosophy of Science and Information Technology. He is a member of the ICFO Program Council.


Peter van Inwagen is a John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame. He is the author of eight books: Existence: Essays in Ontology (2014), The Problem of Evil (2006), Ontology, Identity, and Modality: Essays in Metaphysics (2002),
The Possibility of Resurrection and Other Essays in Christian Apologetics (1998), God, Knowledge and Mystery: Essays in Philosophical Theology (1995), Metaphysics (1993), Material Beings (1990), An Essay on Free Will (1983). He was the president of the Society of Christian Philosophers from 2010 to 2013. Most of Professor van Inwagen’s work is available at: He is a member of the ICFO Program Council and one of the ICFO Mentors.


Achille C. Varzi is a professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, New York (USA). A graduate of the University of Trento (Italy), he received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Toronto (Canada). His main research interests are in logic and metaphysics. He is an editor of The Journal of Philosophy, a subject editor of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and an associate or advisory editor of The Monist, Synthese, Dialectica, The Review of Symbolic Logic, and other journals. He also writes for the general public and contributes regularly to several Italian newspapers. Homepage: He is one of the ICFO Mentors.