Vasso Kindi




Department of Philosophy and History of Science

University of Athens

Panepistemioupolis, GR 15771, Athens, Greece


Tel: +302107275535, Fax: +302107275530






Current Position:

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy and History of Science, University of Athens



1991         PhD, Philosophy and History of Science, National Technical University of Athens

1975-81   B.S., Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Athens

1975         High School Diploma, Pierce College, The American College of Greece


Positions Held:


1998-       Department of Philosophy and History of Science, University of Athens

1991-98   Department of Philosophy, Deree College, The American College of Greece




Kindi, V., (forthcoming), “Can Philosophy Contribute to the Advancement of Science?” , Proceedings of the Conference “Philosophy Today”, Voula Tsinorema (ed.) (in Greek).

Kindi, V., (forthcoming), “Glancing at History: The Relation of the History of Science to Philosophy of Science”, Proceedings of the 10th Panhellenic Conference on Philosophy of Science, Demetra Sfendoni-Mentzou (ed.) (in Greek).

Kindi, V., Arabatzis, Th. (forthcoming), “The Problem of Conceptual Change in the Philosophy and History of Science”, Handbook of Research on Conceptual Change, Stella Vosniadou (ed.).

Kindi, V., (2006), “Biography in History. Collingwood’s Criticism and Other Philosophical Reservations”, Deukalion 24/2, 251-271 (in Greek).

Kindi, V., (2006), “Conscientious Objection in Professional Contexts”, Skepsis xvi-ii, 97-106.

Kindi, V., (2006), “The Relation of History of Science in the Structure of Scientific Revolutions and Kuhn’s Later Philosophical Work”, Perspectives on Science, vol.13, no 4.

Kindi, V., (2005), “Should Science Teaching Involve the History of Science? An Assessment of Kuhn’s View”, Science & Education, 14, 721-731.

Kindi, V., (2005), “Human Rights in Education: Their Relation to Human Nature”, in For a Philosophical Education of Human Rights, Myrto Dragona-Monahou (ed.), Athens: Ellinika Grammata (in Greek).

Kindi, V., (2004), “Particulars in Science” in Aristeidis Baltas, Freud’s Apple and Newton’s Unconscious, Athens: Exantas (in Greek).

Kindi, V., (2003), “Kuhn’s Conservatism” Social Epistemology, 17, no 2&3.

Anapolitanos D., Arabatzis Th., Karakostas V., Kindi, V., (2003), Philosophy of Science, Greek Open University, (in Greek).

Kindi, V., (2003), “The Significance of the So-Called Postmodern Critique”, Politis 116 (in Greek).

Kindi, V., (2003), “Should the History of Science be Included in Science Education?” in The Contribution of History and Philosophy of the Natural Sciences in Science Education, K. Scordoulis, L. Chalkia (eds), Proceedings of the 2nd Panhellenic Conference, Athens, (in Greek).

Kindi, V., (2002), “On the Nature of Language”, Poiesi 19, (in Greek).

Kindi, V., (2002), “Karl Popper and the Enlightenment”, Neusis 11, (in Greek).

Kindi, V., Zika, F., (2005), “Paradigms and Examples in Wittgenstein’s Philosophy” in The Use of Examples in Philosophy, Katerina Ierodiakonou (ed.), Athens: Ekkremes (in Greek).

Kindi, V., (2001), “Relativism: Problems and Misunderstandings”, Isopoliteia v, no 2 (in Greek).

Kindi, V., (2000), “The Concept of Man and Human Rights”, Isopoliteia, iv, no 2, (in Greek).

Baltas, A., Gavroglu, K., Kindi, V., (2000), “ A Discussion with T.S. Kuhn”, in T.S. Kuhn, The Road since Structure, J. Conant, J. Haugeland (eds), Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. First published in Greek in Neusis, 6, 1997

Kindi, V., Zika, F., (1999), “The ‘Nature’ of Nature” in Nature in Ecology, M. Modinos, E. Euthimiopoulos (eds), Athens: Stochastis, (in Greek).

Kindi, V., (1999), “Why Hasn’t Descartes’ 400-year Anniversary Been Celebrated in Greece?” in Politics of Rationalism. Ten Studies on Descartes, Athens: Exantas, (in Greek).

Kindi, V., (1998), “Is Wittgenstein’s Resort to Ordinary Language an Appeal to Empirical Facts?”,  Metaphilosophy 29 (4).

Kindi, V., (1997), “Kuhn’s and Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Circle”, Neusis  6, (in Greek).

Kindi, V., (1997), “On Philosophical Silence”, Deukalion 14/2-3, (in Greek).

Kindi, V., (1996), “T.S. Kuhn: In Memoriam”, Philosophical Inquiry  XVIII, no 1-2.

Kindi, V., (1995), Kuhn & Wittgenstein: Philosophical Investigation of the Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Athens: Smili editions.

Kindi, V., (1995), “Kuhn's 'The Structure of Scientific Revolutions' Revisited”, Zeitschrift fur Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 26.

Kindi, V., (1995) “The Dark Object of History”, Neusis 2, (in Greek)

Kindi, V., (1994), “Incommensurability, Incomparabillity, Irrationality”, Methodology and Science 27.

Prokopakis, G.J. and Kindi, V., (1993), “Paradigms in Process Integration: A Technical and Epistemological Appraisal”, in Energy Efficiency in Process Technology, P. Pilavachi (ed.), Elsevier.

Kindi V., (1992), “Rationality and the External Factors in Science”, in Historical Types of Rationality, M. Assimacopoulos (ed.), Athens: NTUA.

Kindi. V., (1991), “Seeing and Seeing as” in Wittgenstein Symposium, J. Tzavaras (ed.),  Athens: Dodoni. (in Greek)


Articles on Philosophical Issues in Daily Newspapers and Journals of General Interest (in Greek)

Kindi, V., “On history again”, Cogito 06, May 2007

Kindi, V., “Interview with Quentin Skinner”, To Vima, May 6, /2007.

Kindi, V., “Table rond sur l’ état actuel de la philosophie en Grèce”, Philosopher en Grèce aujourd’hui , Rue Descartes 51, 2006 (in French).

Kindi, V., “Entrentien avec Aristide Baltas”, Philosopher en Grèce aujourd’hui ,Rue Descartes 51, 2006 (in French).

Kindi, V., “Philosophy and Film”. An Interview with James Conant”, Cogito 05, November 2006.

Kindi, V., “It is against my conscience”, Cogito 04, February 2006

Kindi, V., “Church and State”, Cogito 03, July 2005.

Kindi, V., “History and Narrative”, Cogito 02, January 2005.

Kindi, V., “Ethics and Politics”, Cogito 01, July 2004.

Kindi, V., “Quentin Skinner and the History of Ideas”, Kathimerini, April 4, 2002.

Kindi, V., “Conservatism and the Left”, Avgi, March 31, 2002.

Kindi, V., “Stanley Cavell: An American in Athens”, Kathimerini, June 19, 2001

Kindi, V., “Women in Elections: The Introduction of Quotas”, Avgi, May 13, 2001

Kindi, V., “Philosophical Investigations: Understanding and the Uses of Language”, Eleutherotypia, December 24, 1999.

Kindi, V., Marcolefas, E., “L.Althusseur: “We shouldn’t Tell Fairytales to Ourselves””, Politis 66, Aug. 1999.

Kindi, V., Baltas, A., Conant, J., “Truth or Freedom? A Philosophical Discussion in Relation to Politics”, Politis 65, June, 1999.

Kindi, V., “Clarity and Perspicuity: A Discussion on Wittgenstein’s Work”, Kathimerini, April 4, 1999.

Kindi, V., “Natural and Human Rights”, Politis 60, January 1999.

Kindi, V., “Death Penalty”, Politis (biweekly) 46, 1998.

Kindi, V., “On Cloning”, Politis (biweekly) 38, 1997.

Kindi, V., “The Sokal affair”, Politis (biweekly) 33, 1997.

Kindi, V., “An Interview with M. Frede: The Ancient Thought Today”, Kathimerini April 13, 1997.

Kindi, V., “An Interview with A. Nehamas: Philosophy as a Way of Life”, Kathimerini, November 10, 1996.

Kindi, V., “Evolution and Creation: Science and Theology”, Politis (biweekly) 23, 1996.

Kindi, V., “A Simple Lesson of Logic for the Minister of the Press”, Politis (biweekly) 18, 1996.

Kindi, V., “T.S. Kuhn: The Physicist who Became a Historian for Philosophical Purposes”, Kathimerini, June 23, 1996.

Kindi, V., “Kuhn’s Scientific Revolutions”, Kathimerini, October 8, 1995.

Kindi, V., “An Interview with A. Baltas: Is Philosophy Dangerous for the Scientists?”, Kathimerini, October 8, 1995.

Kindi, V., “Language and Politics”, Politis 126, 1994.

Kindi, V., “Wittgenstein in the Theater”, Politis 112, 1991.

Kindi, V., “How Should We Talk about Athusseur Today?”, Politis 109, 1990.

Kindi, V., “Discourse on Method”, New Ecology 73, 1990.

Kindi, V., “Feminism and science”, Politis 94, 1988.

Kindi, V., “The Use of Linguistic Signs and the Left”, Politis 83, 1987.

Kindi, V., “The Ideological Function of the Nobel Prizes”, Politis 74, 1986.


Book Reviews

Kindi, V., “Nelson Goodman: Languages of Art”, Cogito 04, February 2006.


Kindi, V., “An Introduction to John Stuart Mill’s Utilitarianism”, Kathimerini, September 22, 2002.

Kindi, V., “What Is Philosophy?”, J. Bouveresse, La demande de la philosophie, To Vima, August 18, 2002.

Kindi, V., “Dilemmas of Conscience”, E. Anscombe, T. Nagel, Ethical War. Ethics in War, To Vima, June 9, 2002.

Kindi, V., “In the Labyrinth of the Continuum”, D. Anapolitanos, Leibniz. Representation, Continuity and the Spatiotemporal, Eleutheroptypia, September 19, 1999.

Kindi, V., “The Duty of Silence”, Ray Monk, Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius, Eleutherotypia, July 17, 1998.

Kindi, V., “Wittgenstein: Philosophy and Life”, Ray Monk, Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius, Avgi, July 5, 1998.

Kindi, V., “The Relation between Philosophy and Rhetoric”, Chloe Balla, Plato’s Persuasion, Kathimerini, May 24, 1998.

Kindi, V., “C. Coveos: Everything is Gestated in Language”, Avgi, March 27, 1997.

Kindi, V., “ H. Brown: Perception, Theoy and Commitment”, New Ecology 121, 1994.

Kindi, V., “Georg Christoff Lichetenberg: Aphorisms” Politis 121, March 1993.

Kindi, V., Wittgenstein: The Style Mirrors His Philosophy, Philosophical RemarksMesimvrini, September 16, 1993.

Kindi, V., (1990), “Imre Lakatos and Theories of Scientific Change”, Methodology and Science vol. 23-2.


Translations and editing of translations (in Greek)

Adorno, T., Scientific Experiences of a European Scholar in America, Athens: Ypsilon, 1987

Lecourt, D., “Marxism and Epistemology”, Politis, 66, 1984

Davidson, D., “Method and Metaphysics”, Deukalion, 11(3), 1993

Putnam, H., “Aristotle after Wittgenstein”, Deukalion, 11(3), 1993

McDowell, J., “Wittgenstein on Following a Rule,” Deukalion, 13/2.3, 1996

Hanson, N. R., Patterns of Discovery, translated by V. Kindi et al, Herakleion: The University of Crete Press, 2002.

Dray, W., Introduction to the Philosophy of History, translated by A. Manolakis, edited by V. Kindi, Athens: Okto editions, 2007


Other professional activities:


Editor-in-chief of the philosophical journal Cogito.

Member of the editorial board of the philosophical journal Deukalion.

Member of the Editorial Committee of the journals Isopoliteia,and Noesis.



Selected presentations.


Kindi, V., (2007), “Affirmative Action and Equality”, Ermoupoli, Syros, July 6-8, 2007.

Kindi, V., (2007), The Historical Understanding of Emotions” at the 3rd International Historein Conference On Emotions: History, Politics, Representations, Athens, May 18-20, 2007.

Kindi, V., (2007), “Quentin Skinner: Laudatio”, Honorary Degree Ceremony, University of Athens, Athens, May 8, 2007.

Kindi, V., (2007), “Conceiving and Using Thought Experiments”, at the Thought Experiments Workshop, Athens, April 22-27, 2007.

Kindi, V., (2006), “From the Progressive Vienna Circle to the ‘Reactionary’ Logical Positivism”. Benaki Museum, Athens, December 2006.


Kindi, V., (2006), “Making Sense of Alternative Conceptual Schemes”, “Dialectics” graduate seminar, Law School, University of Athens, December 2006.


Kindi, V., (2006), “Bioethics and New Technology”, Pasteur Institute, Athens, December 2006.


Kindi, V., (2006),Conceptual Frameworks and Relativism”, Bogaziçi University – Athens University Conference, Istanbul, May 2006.


Kindi, V., (2006), “Could Philosophy Contribute to the Rational Development of Science?”, University of Athens, April  2006.


Kindi, V., (2006), Kuhn’s “Made up” Sociology and the Descriptive Turn in Science Studies”. Presented at the conference on Kuhn and the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge, Cambridge, March 2006.


Kindi, V., (2006), “Glancing at History”. Presented at the BSHP conference on Philosophy and Historiography, Cambridge, March 2006.


Kindi, V., (2006), “Making Sense of Alternative Conceptual Schemes”. Presented at the conference Translation and Interpretation, Paros, March 2006.


Kindi, V., (2006, 2005), “Glancing at History: The Relation of History of Science to Philsophy of Science”. Presented at the conference Philosophy Today, University of Crete, Rethymnon, November 2005. Also at the 10th Panhellenic conference on Philosophy of Science, Thessaloniki, May 2006.

Kindi, V., (2005), “The Philosophical Issues Posed by Biographies and the Genre of Philosophical Biographies”. Presented at the workshop on “Historiography”, Athens, November 2005.


Kindi, V., (2004) “From Friends to Aliens”, presented at the Wittgenstein Workshop, Department of Philosophy, University of Chicago, October 8, 2004. [The paper is a new version of the same title co-authored by V. Kindi and F. Zika].

Kindi, V., Zika F., “From Friends to Aliens”, presented at the international symposium on Wittgenstein and Alternative Grammars, June 28, 2004, Aegina, Greece. Also presented at the Wittgenstein Workshop, Department of Philosophy, University of Chicago, October 8, 2004.

Kindi, V., “History and Narrative” presented at the international symposium on History and Narrative, July 5-6, 2004, Ermoupolis, Syros, Greece.

Kindi, V., Invited commentator at the 4th European Symposium on Conceptual Change: Philosophical, Historical, Psychological, and Educational Approaches, May 19-23, 2004, Delphi, Greece.

Kindi, V., “Conceptual Change and Problems of Rationality”. Invited talk at the Conference on Conceptual Change, December 2003, University of Crete, Rethymnon,, Greece.

Kindi, V., “The A-Priori Character of T.S. Kuhn’s Model of Science and the Role of History in It”. Invited talk at the 2nd Colloquium of the Latin Meeting of the European Society of Analytic Philosophy, November 2003, Aix-en-Provence, France.

Kindi, V., “The Significance of the So-Called Postmodern Critique”. Invited talk at the Symposium on The Writing of History. History of Historiography and History of the Sciences: Contexts of Dialogue, October 2003, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece.

Kindi, V., Invited commentator at the 4th Athens-Pittsburgh Symposium in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology on Proof & Demonstration in Philosophy and Science, June 1-6, 2003, Delphi, Greece..

Kindi, V., Zika F., “Examples and Paradigms in Wittgenstein’s philosophy”, presented at the international conference on “Wittgenstein and the 20th Century Analytical Philosophy”, October 11-14, 2002, Peking University, Beijing,.  Also at the International Conference “Wittgenstein in Delphi”, June 25-29, 2001, Delphi, Greece.

Kindi, V., “Re-evaluation of the Relation between History and Philosophy of Science in the Case of Kuhn”, presentation at the International Conference Histoire et philosophie des sciences: vers une nouvelle alliance?, October 3-5, 2002, Paris, France.

Kindi, V., “Was Kuhn a Wittgenstein of the Sciences?”,  presentation at the workshop on  The Legacy of Thomas Kuhn”, August 29, 2002, Norwich, GB.

Kindi, V., “The Relation of History to Philosophy”, presented at the International Conference “History in Philosophy”, July 15-16, 2002, Ermoupolis, Syros, Greece.

Kindi, V., “The Relevance of History of Science to Philosophy of Science”, presented at the 2nd Greek-Turkish Symposium, May 11-12, 2000, Istanbul, Turkey.

Kindi, V., Zika F., “Values: A Bridge between Rationality and Incommensurability?”, presented at the international conference on Incommensurability, June 13-16, 1999, Hannover, Germany.



Organization of Conferences and Events


·        Translation and Interpretation, International Symposium in collaboration with European Center of Translation, Paros, March 2006.

·        History and Narrative, in collaboration with Fay Zika, International Symposium, Ermoupolis, Syros, Greece, July 2004.

·        Exemples, cas, paradimes. Questions d’épistémologie comparée à partir de Wittgenstein, Joint Conference with the Collège Internationale de Philosophie, Athens, June 2004.

·        Wittgenstein and Alternative Grammars, International Symposium, Aegina, June 2004.

·        History in Philosophy, International Symposium, Ermoupolis, Syros, Greece, July 2002

·        Wittgenstein in Delphi, International Conference commemorating the 50th anniversary since Wittgenstein’s death, Delphi, June 2001

·        Philosophy and Human Rights, in collaboration with Stelios Virvidakis, Athens, April 2000.

·        Theory and History, Ermoupolis, Syros, Greece, July 2000

·        Biography and Philosïphy, speakers Ray Monk (University of Southampton) and James Conant (University of Pittsburgh), Athens, May 1999.