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.
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
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.
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
Emergence in Science and Philosophy. A Case Study. Funded by OGS. Value:
$15,000 CAD. Principal researcher.
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.
How Much Philosophy in the Philosophy of Chemistry? Journal for General Philosophy of Science (forthcoming).
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
“Life and Non-Life” Entry
in the Rotman Institute Blog, 2012,
“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/
On the (Im)possibility of a Unified Science of Multiply Realized Kinds
French Society for Philosophy of Science, University of Lille, June
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
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
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
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 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).
University of Paris
Updated September 2014