Sara Negri
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Sara Negri

Sara Negri’s alma mater is the 793-year-old University of Padova, where she completed a PhD in logic before moving to Finland in 1996. Her work on proof theory bridges the gaps between the normative, the descriptive, and the deductive aspects of philosophical logic.

Sara Negri

Born January 21, 1967, Padova, Italy.

Master of Science (Mathematics) 1991, PhD 1996, University of Padova.
Docent in Logic 1998, University of Helsinki

Professor of Theoretical Philosophy 2015–, University of Helsinki
Professor-at-Large of the PhD programme in Philosophy of the Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa) 2014–
Fellow of the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies 2014–15
Senior Researcher 2012–14, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Helsinki
Academy Research Fellow 2007–12, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Helsinki
Academy Research Fellow 2002–07, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Helsinki
Researcher 1996–2002, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Helsinki
Research Associate1995–96, Dept. of Computing, Imperial College, London

Research themes:
Philosophical logic, proof theory, formal epistemology

Publications, research projects and other academic activity

Awards and special achievements:
Academy Research Project 2006–09
Humboldt Fellowship 2004–05

Photo: Sara Negri's personal archives
Written by Sara Negri (Kaija Hartikainen, ed.)
Revised by Matthew Billington

The early years of philosophical logic saw the characterisation of its basic notions in terms of the axiomatic method. Later, with the invention of Hintikka-Kripke's semantics of modal logic and its extension to other areas of philosophical logic, semantical methods became the dominant approach of philosophers, mathematicians, and computer scientists.

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I have had an exceptionally long career as a full-time researcher at the University of Helsinki, from 1996 until 2015. These 19 years have been filled with plenty of different temporary contracts, ranging from research positions in various projects to the more prestigious Research Fellow posts with the Academy of Finland and the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies.

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Dr Sara Negri has taken part in initiatives for the promotion of female careers in scientific academic fields and has been invited to share her experiences as a female researcher during the conference Computability in Europe 2010.

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