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A Critical Reflection on Automated Science

Will Science Remain Human?

  • Marta Bertolaso
  • Fabio Sterpetti

Part of the Human Perspectives in Health Sciences and Technology book series (HPHST, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Marta Bertolaso, Fabio Sterpetti
    Pages 1-8
  3. Can Discovery Be Automated?

  4. Automated Science and Computer Modelling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Eric Winsberg
      Pages 217-234
  5. Automated Science and Human Values

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
    2. Alfredo Marcos
      Pages 269-277
    3. Christopher Tollefsen
      Pages 279-292
    4. Mariachiara Tallacchini
      Pages 293-302

About this book


This book provides a critical reflection on automated science and addresses the question whether the computational tools we developed in last decades are changing the way we humans do science. More concretely: Can machines replace scientists in crucial aspects of scientific practice? The contributors to this book re-think and refine some of the main concepts by which science is understood, drawing a fascinating picture of the developments we expect over the next decades of human-machine co-evolution. The volume covers examples from various fields and areas, such as molecular biology, climate modeling, clinical medicine, and artificial intelligence. The explosion of technological tools and drivers for scientific research calls for a renewed understanding of the human character of science. This book aims precisely to contribute to such a renewed understanding of science.


automated science computational biology bio-medical sciences ethics of digital networks auto-reflexitivity technoscience and humanity technology and the body social games research ethics philosophy of technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Marta Bertolaso
    • 1
  • Fabio Sterpetti
    • 2
  1. 1.Campus Bio-Medico University of RomeRomeItaly
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophySapienza University of RomeRomeItaly

About the editors

1.      Marta Bertolaso is Associate Professor for Philosophy of Science in the Faculty of Engineering and at the Institute of Philosophy of the Scientific and Technological Practice at Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome. Her research projects deal with new epistemological and philosophical challenges in the fields of biological and systemic development (with a special focus on cancer), scientific advancement, in silico medicine, modeling and validation processes. She has been lecturer for philosophy of science and bioethics in different universities in Italy, Munich and St. Louis (USA). Among her last publications there are Philosophy of Cancer – A Dynamic and Relational View. Springer Series in History, Philosophy & Theory of the Life Sciences, 2016, and The Future of Scientific Practice: ‘Bio-Techno-Logos’, Pickering & Chatto Publishers, London, 2015.


2.      Fabio Sterpetti is fixed-term Assistant Professor in Logic and Philosophy of Science at the Department of Philosophy, Sapienza University of Rome. His research focuses on some aspects surrounding the realism/anti-realism debate in philosophy of science, such as the difficulty of making scientific realism compatible with a naturalist stance, and related issues in philosophy of biology and philosophy of mathematics, such as the analysis of those attempts that aim to naturalize mathematics through Darwinism and those attempts that aim to formalize Darwinism through mathematics. He is also interested in some metaphilosophical issues, namely the metaphilosophical implications of Darwinism. He co-edited, with Emiliano Ippoliti and Thomas Nickles, the book Models and Inferences in Science, Springer, 2016.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title A Critical Reflection on Automated Science
  • Book Subtitle Will Science Remain Human?
  • Editors Marta Bertolaso
    Fabio Sterpetti
  • Series Title Human Perspectives in Health Sciences and Technology
  • Series Abbreviated Title hum.Perspectives in Health Sciences and technol.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-25000-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-25003-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-25001-0
  • Series ISSN 2661-8915
  • Series E-ISSN 2661-8923
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 302
  • Number of Illustrations 24 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Technology
    Science and Technology Studies
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