Residency period: August 1, 2015 to July 31, 2016

IEAT resident, Professor Patrícia Maria Kauark Leite holds a degree in Physics – Degree (1982) and Bachelor’s Degree (1983) – from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (1993), a PhD in Epistemology from the Ecole Polytechnique – Paris (2004) and postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. She is currently an associate professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. She has experience in the area of Philosophy, with emphasis on Epistemology, working mainly on the following subjects: philosophy of science, transcendental philosophy and philosophy of quantum mechanics. She received the 2012 Louis Liard Prize, granted by the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences, for her book “Théorie quantique et philosophie transcendentantale: dialogues possibles” (Hermann, 2012).


The project has three general theoretical objectives, which are: to present and defend a Kantian epistemic version of scientific structuralism specific to the context of contemporary philosophy of physics; oppose this version to a more general Kantian cognitive-semantic version, purified from conceptualism and conceptual constructivism, typical of the epistemic version; and answer the fundamental question of any transcendental structuralist version: how is the a priori knowledge of structures possible.

Within the framework of these general objectives and aiming to integrate my research with that of the CKP International Project, this project will seek to achieve the following goals: a) produce a collaborative translation into English of my book Théorie quantique et philosophie transcendentantale: dialogues possibles (Paris: Hermann , 2012), and winner of the 2012 Louis Liard Prize, by the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences of France; b) supervise the translation into Portuguese of the same book to be published in the IEAT collection, by the UFMG publishing house; c) produce the Portuguese translation of Professor Robert Hanna’s book, published by Oxford Univ.Press, in 2006, Kant, Science, and Human Nature; d) hold two workshops: one with professor R. Hanna at UFMG around some of the themes of his book and another with renowned international researchers around the philosophy of quantum mechanics; e) produce an article co-authored by me and Prof. Robert Hanna on some of the themes explored in Professor Hanna’s and mine’s respective books; g) produce an article with the preliminary results of this research project; h) present research results at scientific conferences.