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Alex Manafu

Institute for History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
University of Paris-1 Panthéon Sorbonne
13, rue du Four

75006 Paris, France

 

 


 


 

I am a postdoc at the IHPST, University of Paris-1 Panthéon Sorbonne. I am interested in reductionism and emergence in science, and in the status of the special sciences and their relation to the underlying physics. I am also the creator of Philosopher's Pipe, a website that aggregates philosophy podcasts from many disparate sources and categorizes them by area. I have an ongoing interest in the Digital Humanities, and I am an associate of the Centre for Digital Philosophy, the organization behind PhilPapers and PhilJobs.

 


 

Education

 

Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Western Ontario, 2011

Dissertation: Emergence and Reduction in Science. A Case Study.                      

Advisor: Robert Batterman. Committee: Christopher Smeenk, Gillian Barker. Internal: Marc-André Lachance (Biology). External: Sandra Mitchell (HPS Pittsburgh).

 

M.A. in History and Philosophy of Science, University of Calgary, 2006

Thesis: Non-locality and Non-separability in Quantum Mechanics.                        

Advisors: Elaine Landry, Dean Rickles. Internal: Jack MacIntosh. External: David Hobill (Physics)

 

M.A. in Logic and Theoretical Philosophy, University of Bucharest, 2003

Thesis: Realism, Non-locality and the Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics.

Advisor: Ilie Pârvu

 

B.A. in Philosophy (Honours), A.I. Cuza University, 2001

Thesis: Realism and Anti-realism in Quantum Theory.

Advisor: Theodor Dima

 

Summer school on Reduction and Emergence with Nobel laureate physicist Robert B. Laughlin, Tübingen, Germany, May 2008


 

Awards and Distinctions

 

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), 2010. Value: $15,000 CAD

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Fellowship, 2009. Value: $20,000 CAD

Distinction, History of Philosophy Comprehensive Examination, UWO, 2007

Harry and Laura Jacques Scholarship, Open Scholarship Competition, University of Calgary, 2004. Value: $3,500 CAD

Dean’s Award, UAIC, GPA-based, 2001

Merit Bursary - 7/8 semesters of my undergraduate studies, GPA-based, 1997-2001


 

Research Grants

 

2014. Emergent Phenomena in Materials: The Case of Piezoelectricity. Funded by the Durham Emergence Project with a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. Value: £50,000. Principal researcher: Alex Manafu. Collaborator: Riccardo Spezia, CNRS Researcher in Theoretical Physical Chemistry, Laboratory of Analysis and Modeling for Biology and the Environment, Université d’Evry Val d’Essonne. Additional researcher: Max Kistler, IHPST Paris and University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne.
 

2013. Metaphysics of Science. Funded by ANR France (Agence National de la Recherche). Value: 200,000 EUR. Additional researcher. Principal researcher: Max Kistler, IHPST Paris and University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne.
 

2010. Emergence in Science and Philosophy. A Case Study. Funded by OGS. Value: $15,000 CAD. Principal researcher.
 

2009. Towards a Unified Concept of Emergence in Science and Philosophy. Funded by SSHRC. Value: $20,000 CAD. Principal researcher.
 

2008. Idealizations, Singularities, and the Applicability of Mathematics. Funded by SSHRC. Value: $84,984 CAD. Research Assistant for Robert Batterman.


 

Publications

 

How Much Philosophy in the Philosophy of Chemistry? Journal for General Philosophy of Science (forthcoming).

 

The Prospects for Fusion Emergence. In Sandu, G., Parvu, I., and Toader, I., editors, Romanian Studies in Philosophy of Science, Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science. Springer. (forthcoming)
 

A Novel Approach to Emergence in Chemistry (2014). In Scerri, E., and McIntyre, L., editors, Philosophy of Chemistry. Growth of a New Discipline. Springer 2014.

 

Internal Realism and the Problem of Ontological Autonomy Foundations of Chemistry, Volume 15, Issue 2 (2013), p. 225-228

 

Concepts of Emergence in Chemistry. In Llored, J.P., ed., Philosophy of Chemistry: Practices, Methodologies and Concepts. Cambridge Scholars (2013), p. 659-675

 

Short pieces:
 

“Life and Non-Life” Entry in the Rotman Institute Blog, 2012, http://www.rotman.uwo.ca/2012/life-and-non-life-alex-manafu
 

“Intelligent Design” Entry in the Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence glossary, Center for Inquiry Canada, 2010   http://extraordinarybus.wordpress.com/2010/09/21/intelligent-design/
 

“Miracles” Entry in the Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence glossary, Center for Inquiry Canada, 2010   http://extraordinarybus.wordpress.com/2010/09/21/miracles/

 


 

Presentations

 

On the (Im)possibility of a Unified Science of Multiply Realized Kinds

French Society for Philosophy of Science, University of Lille, June 2014
Triennial Conference of the Italian Society for Logic and Philosophy of Science, Roma Tre University, Rome, June 2014
Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Science, Brock University, May 2014.
 

Exclusive vs. Inclusive Scientism

All you need is science? Scientism and our multifaceted knowledge of reality. Abraham Kuyper Center for Science and Religion, January 2014, Free University Amsterdam

 

Is Chemistry Emergent? (And If So, In What Sense?)

Philosophy of Science in the 21st century – Challenges and Tasks, December 2013, Centre for Philosophy of Science, University of Lisbon
 

Inter-theoretic Relations: the Brønsted-Lowry Theory of Acids and Microphysics 

Emergence and Reduction in the Sciences, November 2013, Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy

 

Piezoelectricity as a Functional Property?

New Directions in the Philosophy of Physics, May 2013, University of Bucharest

 

How Much Philosophy in the Philosophy of Chemistry?

German Society for Philosophy of Science, March 2013, Leibniz University, Hannover

 

The Historical Development of the Theories of Acidity

International Society for the Philosophy of Chemistry, August 2012, Catholic University Leuven, Belgium

 

Could Science Prove the Existence of God? (Or, Must Science Be Naturalistic?)

Public lectured delivered on behalf of the Center for Inquiry Canada at Polaris 25, July 2011, Toronto

 

Multiple Realization: Some Lessons from Solid-State Theory

Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, May 2011, University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University, Fredericton

 

The Prospects for Fusion Emergence

International Society for the Philosophy of Chemistry, August 2010, University College, Oxford

Canadian Philosophical Association, June 2011, University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University, Fredericton

 

The British Emergentist View of Chemistry

International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science, June 2010, Central European University, Budapest

Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, May 2010, Concordia University, Montreal

 

Two Notions of Emergence

European Philosophy of Science Association, October 2009, Free University, Amsterdam

International Society for Philosophy of Chemistry, August 2009, Philadelphia

 

Configurational Forces and the Emergence of the Chemical

Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, May 2009, Carleton University, Ottawa

 

How Not to Think About Emergence

Philosophy Graduate Student Association Colloquium Series, February 2009, UWO

 

The Role of Light in Special Relativity

Philosophy of Physics Graduate Conference, November 2008, State University of New York at Buffalo, NY.

 

Enantiomorphy, Symmetry and the Reality of Space

Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, June 2008, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

 

What’s Wrong with the Zombie Argument

Canadian Philosophical Association, June 2008, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

 

Strawberries, Stoplights and Reflectance Physicalism

Philosophy Graduate Student Association Colloquium Series, 2008, University of Western Ontario

 

More Difficulties for the Indispensability Argument

Yale & UConn Philosophy Graduate Conference, October 2006, Yale University

Graduate Students’ Colloquium Series, 2005, University of Calgary

 

 

Invited Lectures/ Non-Refereed Presentations

 
The Question of Emergence in Chemistry

2 Lectures delivered for a summer school on “Methods and Foundations of the Sciences” organized by the French Society for Analytic Philosophy, St. Jacut de la Mer, September 2014

 

The Analyticity Objection to Special Science Laws

Workshop on Natural Kinds, Institute for History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Paris-1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, March 2014

 
Inter-theoretic Relations: the Brønsted-Lowry Theory of Acids and Microphysics

Institute for History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Paris-1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, November 2013

 

Physicalism and Computational Irreducibility

Invited lecturer for the half-day workshop “Emergence in Science”, Department of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, May 2013

 

Could Science Prove the Existence of God? (Or, Must Science Be Naturalistic?)

Public Lecture, Polaris 25, Toronto, July 2011
Invited lecturer for the summer course “Science, Religion, Philosophy”, Department of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, September 2012.
 

 


 

Service

 

Referee: Philosophy of Science; Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics.
 

Creator and manager of PhilosophersPipe.com - a Digital Humanities project that aggregates philosophy podcasts from many disparate sources and categorizes them by area. PhilosophersPipe, together with PhilPapers and PhilJobs, is hosted at the Centre for Digital Philosophy.


Responsibilities as a resident member of the IHPST Paris: run a seminar on a regular basis, organize the workshops of the research project, create and maintain a website on the metaphysics of experimental sciences, disseminate the research results, constitute a database on the metaphysics of science.
 

Responsibilities as resident member of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy: organize conferences, member of the K-12 outreach committee – a partnership with Let’s Talk Science Foundation to promote philosophy and critical thinking in public schools in Ontario; member of the editorial committee for the institute’s blog).
 


 

Teaching

 

I hold the Western Certificate in University Teaching and Learning.

 

Courses taught:

University of Paris IV Paris-Sorbonne
Philosophy of Physics (M.A. course), Winter 2013-2014
 
Huron University College
Reasoning and Critical Thinking (PHIL 1230A), Fall 2012-2013
 
University of Western Ontario
Basic Logic (PHIL 2020), Summer Day 2014
Basic Logic (PHIL 2020), Summer Day 2013
Philosophy of Science (PHIL 2030), Winter 2012-13
Environmental Philosophy (PHIL 2033A), Fall 2012-2013
Introduction to Logic (PHIL 2250), Summer 2012
Biomedical Ethics (PHIL 2071), Fall & Winter 2011-12
Epistemology (PHIL 2500), Winter 2010-2011
Philosophy of Science (PHIL 2030), Fall 2009-2010
Tutorial leader:
Big Ideas (PHIL 1130), Winter 2008-2009
Basic Logic (PHIL 2020), Fall 2008-2009
Critical Thinking (PHIL 1200), Fall & Winter 2007-2008
Critical Thinking (PHIL 1200), Fall & Winter 2006-2007
 
University of Calgary
Tutorial leader:
Ethics (PHIL 249), Winter 2005-2006
Ethics (PHIL 249), Fall 2005-2006
Introductory Logic (PHIL 275), Winter 2004-2005
Problems of Philosophy (PHIL 201), Fall 2004-2005
 

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Updated September 2014

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