ISPF (Institute for the history of philosophy and science in modern age), CNR (National Research Council, Italy), Naples. Associated to Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Naples

Topics of interest:

History and philosophy of biology

Interdisciplinary history of concepts

Philosophy and epistemology of history


Silvia Caianiello is Senior Researcher at the Institute for the History of Philosophy and Science in the Modern Age (ISPF) of the Italian National Research Council (C.N.R.) in Naples, Italy; since 2016, she is associated to SZN in Naples. She is co-editor of the Book Series “Filosofia e saperi. Crossing boundaries between humanities and life sciences” (CNR Edizioni). She is member of ISPHSSB (“International Society for the History, Philosophy, & Social Studies of Biology”).

Moving from philosophy of history, she conducted extensive research on the correlation between representations of time and epistemological approaches to history from XVIII to XX Century, and on some major conceptual interactions between human and life sciences in the XIX Century.

Currently her main research field is the history and philosophy of evolutionary theory and evo-devo (Evolutionary Developmental Biology), with particular focus on the breakthrough of systemic and hierarchical approaches to biological organization and evolutionary change and on conceptual transfers across different scientific fields.

Recent works: