Hi, I’m Matteo!

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Ruhr University Bochum in the Emmy-Noether research group  “From Perception to Belief and Back Again”.

I obtained my Ph.D. in Philosophy at the “Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy”, of which I remain an external member.

My research focuses on the phenomenon of conceptual change, encompassing several philosophical sub-fields. In my research, I integrate traditional philosophical and historical methodologies with technical tools from logic, mathematics, and cognitive science.


My research focuses on conceptual change, studying this phenomenon in connection with several philosophical sub-fields such as General Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mathematics, Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Epistemology, Logic, Philosophy of Language, History of Analytic Philosophy, and Metaphilosophy.

More specifically, I worked on topics such as Carnapian explication, conceptual spaces, semantic view of scientific theories, theory choice in science, conceptual spaces, belief revision, and cognitive models of science. I also have a historical interest for Logical Empiricism, especially related to the works of Carnap and Waismann.

Here you can find my publications, while here are some talks that I will give in the next months.


Here you can download my full CV.


  •  (10/2021-)
    Postdoctoral Researcher (Ruhr-University Bochum)
    Member of the Emmy-Noether Research Group    “From Perception to Belief and Back Again” (PI: Peter Brössel).



  • (2017-2022)
    PhD in Philosophy (MCMP, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich)
    Ph.D. Thesis: Frameworks, Models, and Case Studies: A New Methodology for Studying Conceptual Change in Science and Philosophy.
    Supervisor: Hannes Leitgeb                                                                                         Examiners: Hannes Leitgeb, Leon Horsten, Kärin Nickelsen


  • (2014-2017)
    M.A. in Logic, Philosophy and History of Science (University of Florence)


  • (2011-2014)
    B.A. in Philosophy (University of Florence)



Here are some of the courses I taught. For a full list of my teaching experience, see my CV.

  •  WS22/23 Scientific Progress – (University of the Republic, Montevideo, graduate level).
  • WS22/23 Scientific Revolutions – (Ruhr University Bochum, graduate level).
  • SS22 Epistemology (together with Peter Brössel) – (Ruhr University Bochum, graduate level).
  •  WS20/21 Concepts: from philosophy to cognitive science – (LMU Munich, undergraduate level, online).
  •  WS19/20 Consistency, Incompleteness, and Undecidability (together with Norbert Gratzl) – (LMU Munich, graduate level).



You can write me an email at:  mtt.debenedetto[at]gmail.com


Ruhr-University of Bochum
Department of Philosophy II
Universitätsstrasse 150
44780 Bochum