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Ivanova, Milena

Dr. Milena Ivanova

Postdoctoral Fellow

Further Information

Milena Ivanova completed her MA (2007) in the HPS department at the University of Athens, and PhD in Philosophy (2013) at the University of Bristol. Before becoming a postdoctoral fellow in the MCMP, she lectured philosophy of science in the HPS department at the University of Sydney and was a visiting fellow at the University of Queensland.

Research Interests

Milena works on issues in philosophy of science and epistemology, in particular on the nature of scientific principles, the problem of theory change and its rationality, and on aesthetic considerations in science. Her research is closely connected to the history of philosophy of science and, in particular, the relationship between science and philosophy in the early twentieth century. Some of her more recent work concerns the relationship between philosophy of science and virtue epistemology.

Further Activities

Milena organised an international conference on “Conventional Principles in Science” (2011) hosted by the University of Bristol. She edited a special issue on Conventional Principles in Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics together with Matt Farr.

At LMU Milena organised the workshop “First principles in science” with Catherine Herfeld and the 3rd Summer School in Formal Philosophy for Female Students together with Karolina Krzy┼╝anowska and Sam Fletcher. In 2015 she was on the programme committee of the 8th Munich-Sydney-Tilburg conference on "Objectivity in Science”. She also organised, with Catherine Herfeld and Christina Liefke, the 2nd Summer School on Mathematical Philosophy for Female Students which took place in July 2015. Milena is currently planning a conference on Aesthetics of Science, for which she has received support from the British Society for Aesthetics and the British Society for Philosophy of Science.


Milena was awarded a British Society for the Philosophy of Science Studentship (2009), a Royal Institute of Philosophy Jacobsen Fellowship (2009, 2011), a Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship (2006), and an Analysis conference grant (2011). In 2015 she received an LMU Excellence grant. She also recently received a grant from the British Society for Aesthetics.

Selected Recent and Forthcoming Publications

All of Milena’s papers are available at

  • Ivanova, M. (2016) Poincaré's Aesthetics of Science. Synthese.
  • Ivanova, M. and Paternotte, C. (2016) Virtues and Vices in Scientific Practice. Synthese.
  • Ivanova, M. (2015) Conventionalism, Structuralism and neo-Kantianism in Poincaré's Philosophy of Science, Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, Vol. 52, 114-122
  • Ivanova, M. (2015) Conventionalism About What? Where Duhem and Poincaré Part Ways, Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science, Volume 54, December 2015, Pages 80-89
  • Ivanova, M. and Paternotte, C. (2013) Theory Choice, Good Sense and Social Consensus, Erkenntnis, Vol. 78 (5), pp. 1109-1132
  • Ivanova, M. (2013) Did Perrin's Experiments Convert Poincaré to Scientific Realism?, HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science, Vol. 3, No. 1