Fabrizio Li Vigni


Fabrizio Li Vigni
Am Sande 5
21335 Lüneburg

Fabrizio Li Vigni studied Philosophy at the University of Palermo (Italy) and at the University of Barcelona (Spain). He has got a Master in History of Sciences and a Master in Sociology at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) of Paris. Since 2014, he has conducted a PhD research at the Groupe de Sociologie Pragmatique et Réflexive (EHESS) in history and sociology of sciences on the sciences of complex systems. As for the historical part, he focuses on the Santa Fe Institute's inception and on the French complex systems community foundation. In another part of his thesis, he studies the epistemological strategies that complex systems scientists mobilize in order to gain in scientific legitimacy. Finally, he investigates the relationship of some of these researchers with decision makers in the US and in France.



Complex systems sciences. Traditions, foundations, promises, epistemologies, ontologies and applications

During his junior fellowship at MECS, Fabrizio Li Vigni will focus on the writing of the third and fifth parts of his thesis. The third part is composed by three chapters. The first one analyzes and questions the ways complexity scientists establish the proof and make their digital simulations credible. In it, Li Vigni proposes the term of “socio-epistemology” in order to study sociologically, following the approach of Armatte and Dahan (2004), what Althusser (1974) has called “spontaneous epistemologies”. He will show that complexity science models’ legitimacy is the result of a complex mix of conventional methods and new metaphysics. Such a chapter is conceived to be a critical, methodological and complementary dialogue with philosophers of science and epistemologists (Varenne and Silberstein, 2013; Grüne-Yanoff, 2009; Gramelsberger, 2011; Pias, 2011).

The second chapter is entitled “From computational metaphysics to a computational ideology” and will analyze what kind of ideology (defined in sensu latu as a “set of sets of ethical, moral, esthetical values, of symbolic and metaphysical imaginaries, as well as of a vision of the social order”) could come out from complex systems sciences’ community. The last chapter of this third part invests the question of ‘dematerialization’. Following STS scholars on materiality (Miller, 2005), he will show how infrastructures, laboratories, spaces and architectures are massive in these, as in other computational sciences (Edwards, 2013).

The fifth part of Li Vigni's thesis concerns the explicit relations of complex systems sciences with the political world. The only chapter of this part will show how two disciplines inscribed in complexity field – quantitative geography and computational epidemiology – try to be useful for decision makers, in the urban planning process or in the prediction of epidemics' outbreaks.

Ausgewählte Publikationen


  • “Traveling Codes” Leuphana Workshop – 30-31 March 2017. Bulletin de Méthodologie Sociologique, 2017,
    Vol. 136 74–81. Online abrufen.
  • Agent Cultures and Zombielands – 23-25 June 2016 Leuphana Conference. Bulletin de Méthodologie Sociologique, 2017,
    Vol. 133 71–77. Online abrufen.


  • Intervista a Edgar Morin. Il pensiero complesso e l'incertezza del sapere. Bologna: Diogene Multimedia 2016.
  • Guida agli Scincidi. Ask-y  Paris: Factory Books 2014.
  • A life for Reptiles and Amphibians. Frankfurt a. M.: Chimaira 2013
  • Salamandre e tritoni. Guida completa all’allevamento. Mailand: Edizioni Wild 2009.