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Tarziu, Gabriel

Dr. Gabriel Tarziu

MSCA Fellow


Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Fakultät für Philosophie, Wissenschaftstheorie
und Religionswissenschaft
Lehrstuhl für Wissenschaftstheorie
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
80539 München

Ludwigstr. 31
Room 129
80539 München



Further Information

I received my MA in theoretical philosophy from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest in 2005, and I continued my studies in the same institution where I received my PhD in March 2010, with a thesis on the philosophy of mathematics. After that, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher for the Romanian Academy, Iasi Branch and I spent time in Munich, Brussels, Essen and Ghent as a research fellow. In November 2022 I joined MCMP as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow.

Research Interests

I am specialized in epistemology, the philosophy of science, and the philosophy of mathematics and I have a wide interest in topics related to (scientific) understanding and explanation, the problem of the applicability of mathematics to the physical world, and the ontological debate in the philosophy of mathematics. Currently, I work on an MSCA-funded project on understanding in climate science. My main aim in this project is to develop an account of climate scientific understanding that takes climate model hierarchies as central for achieving understanding in climate science.

Recent Publications

  • Tȃrziu, G. (2022). Can We Have Physical Understanding of Mathematical Facts?. Acta Analytica, 37(2), 135-158.
  • Târziu, G. (2021). How Do We Obtain Understanding with the Help of Explanations?. Axiomathes, 31(2), 173-197.
  • Târziu, G. (2018). Importance and Explanatory Relevance: The Case of Mathematical Explanations. Journal for General Philosophy of Science, 49(3), 393-412.
  • Târziu, G. (2018). Can we have mathematical understanding of physical phenomena?. Theoria: An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 33(1), 91-109.
  • Târziu, G. (2018). Mathematical Explanations and the Piecemeal Approach to Thinking about Explanation. Logique et Analyse, 61(244), 457-487.