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Dr Federico Boem

BoemVisiting Lecturer in Philosophy

Address Philosophy Building
King’s College London



I have a background in logic and philosophy of science with strong interests in sociology and ethics of scientific research. I have worked on the impact of big data in scientific research (in particular biomedical/oncological research). I am currently researching on the epistemic, ethical and social aspects of vaccine hesitancy

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Philosophy of Biology (especially molecular biology and bioinformatics)
  • Big-Data Epistemology and Ethics
  • Science and Democracy
Selected publications
  • Orienteering Tools: Biomedical Research with Ontologies’. Humana.Mente, (2016)
  • ‘Why genes are like lemons’ (with Emanuele Ratti, Mattia Andreoletti, Giovanni Boniolo). Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, doi: 10.1016/j.shpsc.2016.04.005 (2016)
  • ‘Ontological Issues in the Life Sciences’ (with James DiFrisco, Gaëlle Pontarotti, Guillaume Schlaepfer, Ewelina Sokolowska, and Eva Fernández-Labandera). Biological Theory, doi:10.1007/s13752-015-0207-1 (2015)
  • ‘Junk or Functional DNA? ENCODE and the Function Controversy’ (with Pierre-Luc Germain and Emanuele Ratti). Biology & Philosophy doi: 10.1007/s10539-014-9441-3 (2014)
  • ‘Diverse Perspectives on Ontology’ (with Emilio Sanfilippo, Francesca Quattri, Aleksandra Sojic, Emanuele Ratti, Gaoussou Camara and Eric Chuck). Applied Ontology 8(8), 59-71, doi:10.3233/AO-130121 (2013)
  • Logic
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Bioethics
Expertise and public engagement

Guest speaker at the conference : “Vaccine hesitancy: epistemological and ethical issues” - Chi ha paura dei vaccini. Filosofia, etica, comunicazione conference (organized by ASSR Emilia Romagna) , Bologna, September 2017


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