Anastasiia Lazutkina

Philosophy / Physics

Project: Transformation of methods in fundamental physics: an epistemology of contemporary cosmology

Supervisors: Radin Dardashti / Thomas Morel

Project Summary

The field of fundamental physics seeks to provide a unified understanding of the fundamental laws of the universe. However, the complexity and subtlety of the physical phenomena under study have challenged traditional assumptions concerning scientific methods being centered mostly or exclusively around empirical evidence. In this work, I will analyze the transformation of methods in cosmology since the second half of the 20 th century. I will provide a rational reconstruction of this change and then apply formal epistemology in order to examine whether the use of new methods in cosmology, like simulations, is justified and whether the standard cosmological model is reliable.


Kasinostraße 19-21
42103 Wuppertal
6th Floor, Room 06.17


  • “The application of Popperian methodology to contemporary cosmology.” In
    Zuzana Parusnikova and David Merritt (eds.) Karl Popper’s Science and
    Philosophy, Springer International Publishing. 2021.
  • “Theoretical terms of contemporary cosmology as intellectual artifacts.” in Jürgen
    H. Franz & Karsten Berr (eds.) Welt der Artefakte. Berlin: Frank & Timme. Pages
    63 – 70. 2017.

Short Biography/CV

  • Since 2023: Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy of Science/Physics at Bergische Universität
  • Wuppertal, Germany
  • 2021 – 2023: Master of Arts (cum laude) in Philosophy at the University of Tartu, Estonia
  • 2020 – 2021: Engineering and Technology, LUT University, Finland
  • 2017 – 2019: Theoretical Physics, Leipzig University, Germany
  • 2013 – 2017: Bachelor’s degree (with honors) in Philosophy, Lomonosov Moscow State
  • University, Russia