Kati Kish Bar-On

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow

I am a philosopher and historian of science, studying the intersection between history, philosophy, and sociology of mathematics. Currently, I am a Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellow in the STS program, and I have a Ph.D. in history and philosophy of science from Tel Aviv University.

My work aims to offer a new vision of the development of mathematics that focuses on the interactions between mathematics and society: to view it as comprised of the complex and profound connections between individual mathematicians, the community they are part of, the standards and norms they are committed to, and the cultural, political, and social contexts in which they operate. My research project, Mathematics, Reality, and Us, examines how, to which extent, and if at all, mathematical objects are created, shaped, or affected by social factors. Historically, I am interested in specifying how rejected but high-profile theories contribute to and impact mainstream discussions. Philosophically, I am interested in how the social organization of scientific knowledge affects our understanding of the concepts of truth and objectivity. Sociologically, I am interested in the interactions between individual scientists and the scientific community, the establishment of scientific norms, and the development of social constructs.

A second project I am working on combines philosophy of psychology with behavioral studies to provide a deeper understanding of individuals’ attitudes toward social norms. It aims to organize the astonishing complexity of human behavior around four basic core concepts: groups, norms, emotions, and social identity, and explore how these elements intersect and impact one another.