Gianluca LONGA

PhD candidate within the EPHESE programme (Philosophy of theoretical practices and computer simulation).

Thesis title :
Greek Geometrical Analysis, Heuristics, and Mathematical Explanation

Supervisors :
Sébastien Gandon and Marco Panza.

Contact :
Skype : gianluca.longa

Fields of Research : Ancient Geometrical Analysis, Mathematical Explanation, Epistemological Status of Geometrical Proof in Ancient Mathematics.

Past positions

  • Oct. 2017-Jun. 2018, Research Associate, University of California Irvine (UCI).
  • Jan.-Jun. 2016, Teaching Assistant (Hist. of Philosophy), Department of Human Science, University of Milan-Bicocca.


  • Greek Geometrical Analysis : Collating the Corpus, MSH, Université Clermont Auvergne, 5 March 2020.
  • “The Hidden Analysis” : On the Spread of the Analytic Method in Greek Geometry, British Society for the History of Mathematics, The Queen’s College, Oxford, 29 February 2020.
  • Some παράδοξα θεωρήματα in Book III of Apollonius’ Conics, UC Irvine, Department of Mathematics, May 24th, 2018.
  • On the framework of a Greek geometrical proposition : Proclus’ account (and beyond), UC Irvine, Department of Classics, January 25th, 2018.
  • Quelques remarques sur Wilbur Knorr et l’analyse théorématique dans la géométrie grecque, MSH, Clermont-Ferrand, May 19th, 2017.


  • [Enc. entry] “Mathematical Explanation”, Philpapers : Online Research in Philosophy.
  • Review of ‘G. Lolli, Numeri. La creazione continua della matematica, Torino, Bollati Boringhieri, 2015’, Lo Sguardo. Rivista di Filosofia 21, 2017, pp. 377-380.
  • Review of ‘D. Molinini, Che cos’è una spiegazione matematica ?, Milano, Carocci, 2014’, Lo Sguardo. Rivista di Filosofia 20, 2016, pp. 325-327.
  • Essay-Review of ‘E. Cinnella, L’altro Marx, Pisa-Cagliari, Della Porta Editori, 2014’, Quaderni Materialisti 13, Milano, Mimesis, 2018, pp. 230-236.
  • Essay-Review of ‘A. Guidi, Un Segretario militante. Politica, diplomazia e armi nel Cancelliere Machiavelli, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2009’, Quaderni Materialisti 13, Milano, Mimesis, 2018, pp. 245-251.
  • (with M. Storni) ‘Questo è Marxismo ortodosso : la Weltanschauung materialista condivisa di Marx ed Engels’, it. trans. of « Johnston, A., ‘This is Orthodox Marxism : The Shared Materialist Weltanschauung of Marx and Engels’ », Quaderni Materialisti 11, Milano, Mimesis, 2017, pp. 53-69.


  • Organization (with Sébastien Gandon) of the international conference Greek Geometrical analysis : Problems and Prospects, 4-6 March 2020, Maison des Sciences de l’homme, Université Clermont Auvergne.


  • Philpapers : Online Research in Philosophy (area editor)
  • Filmat : Italian Network for the Philosophy of Mathematics
  • Lo Sguardo. Rivista di Filosofia (editiorial board)
  • Quaderni Materialisti (editorial board)


  • Puzzle and Paradoxes, cours de licence 3 Philosophie, LCSH, UCA.
  • « Travailler les sources » : collation, compréhension, et interprétation, cours de licence 1 Philosophie, LCSH, UCA.
  • Introduction à la philosophie de la géométrie, cours de licence 2 Philosophie, LCSH, UCA.
  • (with F. Hamber) Graduate Teaching Assistantship in Modern Languages (Italian), UCI, Irvine.
  • Hegel e la matematica dell’infinito, Hist. of Phil. Seminar, University of Milan-Bicocca.