eidos   the Centre for Metaphysics                                                                         

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Directors:                     Fabrice Correia, Kevin Mulligan

Members:                     Dominik AeschbacherPhilipp Blum, Paolo Bonardi, Claudio CalosiPablo Carnino, Damiano Costa, Akiko Frischhut,

                                     Ghislain Guigon, Salim HirècheOlivier Massin, Robert Michels, Benjamin NeeserJan Plate, Pierre Saint-GermierMaria Scarpati,

                                       Alexander Skiles, Jan WalkerMarcel WeberChristian Wüthrich

Affiliated members:    Corine Besson, Alexander Bown, Lorenzo Casini, Stephan Leuenberger, Fraser MacBride, Paolo Natali

 

Directors
 

 

Fabrice Correia - Full Professor, University of Neuchâtel

Fabrice received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Geneva in 2002, under the supervision of Kevin Mulligan. He then spent four years in Spain (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona and LOGOS group, Barcelona) with a "Ramón y Cajal" post-doc grant, and five years at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Geneva with an SNF "professeur boursier" grant. He is now professor of logic and contemporary philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Neuchâtel. His main research interests are in metaphysics, philosophical logic, the philosophy of language, the philosophy of mind and epistemology.

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Kevin Mulligan - Full Professor, University of Geneva

Kevin has occupied the chair of analytic philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Geneva since 1986. He founded the European Society for Analytic Philosophyeidos, thumos, and co-founded inbegriff - the Geneva Seminar for Austro-German philosophy, and is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters and of the Academia Europaea. He has taught philosophy in Aix, Barcelona, Constance, Dublin, Florence, Freiburg, Hamburg, Innsbruck, Irvine, Lausanne, Lucerne, Lugano, Paris, Pennsylvania, Rome, Santiago de Compostela, Sydney, Venice, Trento, Umea and Zurich. He has also supervised the PhD theses of 29 students, many of whom now hold positions in philosophy in many different countries. He has published extensively on analytic metaphysics, the philosophy of mind and Austrian thought from Bolzano to Musil, in particular on ascent, attitudes, certainty, colours, connectives, correctness, dependence, emotions, foolishness, grounds, indexicality, interest, irony, knowledge, meaning something, meanings, norms, properties, perception, poetry, processes, promises, reasons, relations, states of affairs, truth, truthmakers, wholes and value. His 2012 book Wittgenstein et la philosophie austro-allemande (Paris:Vrin) has appeared in Italian and Spanish; a two volume version in English is in preparation.

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Dominik Aeschbacher - PhD student, University of Neuchâtel

Dominik obtained his BA and his MA from the University of Bern and is now a PhD Student at the University of Neuchâtel. In September 2015, he received a Doc.Ch grant from the Swiss National Foundation. Dominik currently works on metaphilosophical issues, meta-ontology and the notion of grounding. He is also interested in metaphysics, philosophy of language and epistemology.

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Philipp Blum - SNF Postdoc, University of Barcelona

Philipp works mostly in metaphysics. He tries to articulate non-modal theories of essence, supervenience, truthmaking and determination, to understand the nature of representation and to defend the claim that exemplification (the having of properties) is a relation. He is also interested in the reality (or not) of relations, in Descartes and in the metaphysics of the mind. He got his first degree from the University of Berne (2000) and his PhD from the University of Geneva (2007). Philipp is currently a SNSF postdoc fellow.

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Paolo Bonardi - Postdoc, University of Geneva

Paolo obtained his PhD in philosophy from the University of Geneva in October 2012, under the supervision of Kevin Mulligan and the co-supervision of Marco Santambrogio (Parma). His dissertation offers a Russellian solution to the classical and some new puzzles about belief ascriptions using ideas from Davidson (belief subsystems) and Fine (coordination). From February 2015 he is an Advanced Postdoc.Mobility fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation. His SNSF research project concerns the identity of modes of presentation, the unity of the proposition and the semantic content of empty terms, and is supervised by David Kaplan, Nathan Salmon and Scott Soames.

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Claudio Calosi - Postdoc, University of Neuchâtel

Claudio Calosi (PhD, University of Florence) works mainly in Philosophy of Physics and Metaphysics. Previously he has been a Post-Doctoral Fellow and Lecturer at Urbino University and Visiting Research Scholar at University of Pittsburgh, University of California at Irvine and New York University. The core of his research concerns the application of formal methods (e.g. mereology, topology, dependence, location, plural logic) to broad philosophical issues such as identity, composition, persistence through time, and fundamentality. Lately he has been doing some work in Philosophy & Literature as well.

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Pablo Carnino - Junior Research and Teaching Assistant, University of Geneva

Pablo earned his BA and MA at the University of Geneva. He is now writing a PhD, in Geneva, under the supervision of Marcel Weber and Fabrice Correia. He explores the connections between grounding, causation and the different kind of explanations that there relations "support". His main research interests are metaphysics, explanations in general and epistemology.

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Damiano Costa - Postdoc, University of Fribourg; Lecturer, Lugano

Damiano works mainly in metaphysics, with a focus on time, but his research interests extend to issues in the philosophy of religion, ancient and medieval philosophy. He received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Geneva in 2014, under the supervision of Kevin Mulligan. After spending one year at Columbia University as a visiting scholar, working with Achille Varzi, and one year in Neuchâtel, working with Fabrice Correia, he is currently a postdoc at the University of Fribourg, and a lecturer at the Institute for Philosophical Studies in Lugano.

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Akiko Frischhut - Postdoc, University of Geneva

Akiko's main research interests concern metaphysics, mind and meta-ontology, in particular questions about existence, ontological dependency and the nature and experience of time. She has received a Magister Artium from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, a Masters degree from the University of Glasgow (both in philosophy) and a PhD in philosophy from the Universities of Glasgow and Geneva in 2013, under the supervision of Fabrice Correia and Fiona Macpherson. She has been a visiting PhD student in Leeds, Durham and New York University. Her PhD thesis concerns the passage of time. She argues that although temporal passage can be construed in a logically coherent way, the phenomenology of perceptual experience favours neither static nor dynamic theories of time. She is currently emplyed in the Swiss National Science Foundation postdoctoral research project 'The Nature of Existence'.

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Ghislain Guigon - Maître Assistant, University of Geneva

Ghislain studied for his first and second degrees at the University of Rennes and got his PhD in philosophy in 2009 at the University of Geneva under the supervision of Kevin Mulligan and Gonzalo Rodriguez-Prereyra (Oriel College, Oxford). He is currently maître assistant at the department of philosophy of the University of Geneva. His main research interests include metaphysics, philosophy of religion, early modern philosophy and philosophical logic.

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Salim Hireche - PhD student, University of Geneva

After studying at the School of Translation and Interpretation (ETI) and at the Graduate Institute of International Studies (IHEID), Salim obtained a BA in Philosophy and French literature and then an MA in Philosophy at the University of Geneva, where he is now working on his PhD thesis, collaborating in an SNF-funded research project led by Kevin Mulligan and Fabrice Correia. His philosophical interests are in metaphysics (especially causation), the philosophy of science, the philosophy of language (esp. translation), epistemology (esp. relativism), moral and political philosophy (esp. the ethics of international politics.

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Olivier Massin - Maître Assistant, University of Geneva

Olivier Massin is a maître assistant at the Philosophy Department of the University of Geneva. He wrote a PhD on the objectivity of tactile perception, under the supervision of Jean-Maurice Monnoyer (Aix-en-Provence) and a second PhD on the value of pleasure, under the supervision of Kevin Mulligan. His main interests are metaphysics, philosophy of mind, value theory, social ontology and the Brentanian school.

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Robert Michels - Postdoc, University of Geneva

Robert received his MA in philosophy from the University of Constance and his PhD from the University of Geneva, where is is now a postdoc within the project Indeterminacy and Formal Concepts. His two main interests are modality and indeterminacy.

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Benjamin Neeser PhD Student, University of Neuchâtel

Benjamin received his BA in Philosophy and Cultural Anthropology and his MA in Philosophy from the University of Geneva. He is now a PhD student at the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Neuchâtel within the SNF project « The Metaphysics of Time and its Occupants ». He is interested in most things metaphysical, especially time, objects (social and otherwise) and issues about fundamentality. He also likes the philosophy of language and mind, and more mundane subjects like coolness and other social values.

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Jan Plate - Postdoc, University of Neuchâtel

Jan obtained his M.Sc. in cognitive science from the University of Osnabrück in July 2005 and his PhD in philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis in December 2012. After spending the second half of 2013 as a DAAD postdoc at the University of Tübingen, he now works with Fabrice Correia on the logic and philosophy of grounding.

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Pierre Saint-Germier - Postdoc, University of Geneva

Pierre completed his PhD in philosophy at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon in June 2015. The topic of his dissertation was  "conceivability arguments" (arguments crucially relying on a move from conceivability to possibility). He is now starting a new project on Ontological Disagreement. Pierre also has various interests in philosophical logic, the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of music.

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Maria Scarpati - PhD student, University of Neuchâtel

Maria's main research interests are in metaphysics - especially individuation, identity, essence and the ontology of individuals. She obtained her BA in philosophy at Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele (Milan) and her MA in philosophy at the University of Genova. She is now a PhD student and an assistant of Logic at the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Neuchâtel. The title of her PhD thesis project is 'Haecceitism as a Theory of Individual Essences'. She is also interested in philosophy of language and philosophical logic.

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Alexander Skiles - Postdoc, University of Neuchâtel

The bulk of Alex's research is in metaphysics, the philosophy of science, and the history and philosophy of modern physics (with a few pertinent topics in the philosophy of language mixed in). Alex earned a BA from the University of Georgia, a PhD from the University of Notre Dame (where he wrote a dissertation on the metaphysics of fundamentality), and has been a visiting PhD student at Rutgers University and the Australian National University.

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Jan Walker - PhD student, University of Neuchâtel

Jan obtained his BA in Philosophy and MA in Philosophy from the University of Bern. He is now a PhD student in logic and philoophy at the University of Neuchâtel and a member of the Logic and Theory Group (LTG) in the computer science department (IAM) at the University of Bern. His PhD thesis is on axiomatic theories of truth.

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Marcel Weber - Full Professor, University of Geneva

Marcel received his first degree in molecular biology from the University of Basel (1987) and his PhD in philosophy from the University of Konstanz (1966). After a postdoc at the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, he was lecturer at the Center for Philosophy and Ethics of Science (ZEWW) at the Leibniz University Hannover (1997-2003). From 2004-2009, he was SNF Professor at the Science Studies Program and Department of Philosophy, University of Basel. He also spent a term at the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science in berlin and taught as visiting professor at the Institute for Philosophy at the Humboldt-University, Berlin and the Institute of Zoology, University of Zurich. From 2009-2011, he was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Konstanz. He is Editor-in-Chief of dialectica and Associate Editor of the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.

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Christian Wüthrich - Associate Professor, University of Geneva

Christian's philosophical interests most prominently include foundational issues in physics, particularly in classical general relativity and quantum gravity. Of course, he also gets excited about the implications of philosophy of physicsfor general philosophy of science and metaphysics. More specifically, he enjoys thinking about issues such as space and time, persistence, laws of nature, determinism, and causation.

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       Corine Besson - Lecturer, University of Sussex

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Alexander Bown - Assistant, University of Geneva

Alexander earned his undergraduate degree from Oxford University and is now writing a PhD under the supervision of Paolo Crivelli at the University of Geneva. He is investigating an ancient debate between members of the Epicurean school and some of their opponents concerning the validity of sign-inferences and the truth of the corresponding conditionals, a debate presented in the *de Signis* of Philodemus of Gadara and preserved in just a single surviving papyrus. He works primarily in ancient philosophy, but is also interested in many issues of contemporary philosophy, particularly in metaphyiscs, language and philosophical logic.

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Lorenzo Casini - Postdoc, University of Geneva

Lorenzo gained a PhD in philosophy from the University of Kent in 2013. Before graduation, he was visiting fellow at the Tilburg Institute for Logic and Philosophy of Science (2011), and DAAD research grant holder and research fellow in the ANR-DFG project CAUSAPROBA at the University of Konstanz (2012). Before starting a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in the eidos grounding project, he was postdoctoral research fellow at the MCMP, LMU Munich (2013-4). His main research interests lie in the area of the interpretation of causality and explanation in the sciences, with special focus on biology and economics.

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Stephan Leuenberger - Lecturer, University of Glasgow

Stephan works mainly in metaphysics and philosophical logic. He studied for his first degree (Lic.Phil) at the University of Bern (1999), for a BPhil at Oxford (2001), and a PhD at Princeton (2006). In 2008 he took up a lectureship in Glasgow after holding postdoctoral positions at the Australian National University (Centre for Consciousness), the University of Leeds, and as a member of the eidos SNF project "Properties and Relations".

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       Fraser MacBride - Full Professor, University of Glasgow

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Paolo Natali - PhD student, University of Geneva

Paolo earned his BA in Classics at the University of Pisa and his MA in Philosophy at the University of Pisa and the Scuola Normale Superiore. He is currently writing a PhD thesis under the supervision of Paolo Crivelli at the University of Geneva, where he investigates the Socratic method of examination in Plato's early dialogues. His main research field is ancient philosophy, but he is also interested in logic, philosophy of language, metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of science.

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