Participation in PhD Programmes

Graduate Programme in Philosophy of the CUSO

(Universities of Fribourg, Geneva, Lausanne and Neuchâtel) 

Events organized by the Philosophy of science group in Lausanne:

workshop “Metaphysics and physics: methodological links”, in cooperation with Christian Wüthrich (Geneva), 17 to 19 November 2016.

workshop "Parts, places and perspectives", with Stefano Borgo, Maureen B. Donnelly, Hsing-Chien Tsai, Achille Varzi, 4 July 2014.

workshop "Metaphysics of science: objects, relations and structures", in cooperation with Kevin Mulligan and Marcel Weber (Geneva), 12-13 October 2012.

workshop "Decoherence and no-signalling: current interpretational problems of quantum theory", in cooperation with the History and Philosophy of Science Group at the University of Bern, 23-24 June 2011.

workshop “Multiple realization in the special sciences”, with Ken Aizawa, 11 May 2011, organized by Patrice Soom.

workshop “Causalité et dispositions”, with Max Kistler, Jean-Maurice Monnoyer and Claudine Tiercelin, 5 September 2009.

workshop “Neurobiological explanations of the mind”, with Carl Craver and Harald Atmanspacher, 11 to 12 December 2008, organized by Christian Sachse and Patrice Soom.

workshop “Causation in biomedical sciences II” in cooperation with Bernardino Fantini, with Mauro Dorato, Peter McLaughlin and Marcel Weber among others, 31 March to 2 April 2008.

workshop with Michael Pauen “Functionalism and qualia”, 5 March 2008.

workshop “Structural realism”, with Dennis Dieks, Steven French, Claus Kiefer and Stewart Shapiro, 29 to 30 November 2007.

workshop “Mental causation and externalism”, with Pascal Engel, Holger Lyre, Albert Newen, Martine Nida-Rümelin, David Papineau, Markus Schrenk and Giovanni Tuzet, 5 to 7 September 2007, organized by Jens Harbecke and Georg Sparber.

workshop with Carl Gillet “On the Implications of Scientific Composition and Completeness”, 9 May 2007.

workshop “John Heil. Symposium on his ontological point of view”, 9 to 10 February 2006, with John Heil, papers published as a book by Ontos-Verlag Frankfurt (Main) (2006).

workshop “Causation in biomedical sciences” in cooperation with Bernardino Fantini, with Jaegwon Kim, Alex Rosenberg, Jean Gayon and Marcel Weber among others, 17 to 19 June 2005, papers published in a special issue of Studies in History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 27 (2005).


ProDoc “Mind, normativity, self and properties” (2007-2010) and “Mind and reality” (2010-2013)

sponsored by the Swiss National Foundation (SNF)

Events organized by the Philosophy of science group in Lausanne:

Workshop on Mathematical Philosophy, 3 Dec. 2013, with Hannes Leitgeb (Munich) and Claus Beisbart (Bern).

Graduate seminar “Causation and reduction”, in Wed 15-19h in spring term 2012, and workshop with Jean Bricmont (Louvain-la-neuve), Detlef Dürr (Munich) and Tim Maudlin (New York University), 24-25 Mai 2012.

Graduate seminar “Causation and reduction”, weekly seminar Wed 15-17h in autumn 2009.


European Graduate School "Philosophy of mind, reduction, neuroscience”

Graduate School “Philosophy of mind, reduction, neuroscience”, 12th to 16th October 2010, organized by Michael Esfeld (Lausanne), Stephan Hartmann (Tilburg) and Albert Newen (Bochum).

Graduate School “Philosophy of perception”, 24 to 28 March 2009, main lecturers Tim Crane and Michael Tye, workshop with Paul Coates, Katalin Farkas, Albert Newen and Gianfranco Soldati, organized by Michael Sollberger.


European Science Foundation programme “The philosophy of science in a European perspective”

workshop “Causation, dispositions and probabilities in physics and biology”, University of Lausanne, 22-24 November 2012.


CROSS programme "The Quantum State as the Memory of a Quantum System"

workshop "The Quantum State as the Memory of a Quantum System", 01-03 May 2014, organized by Michael Esfeld (UNIL), Vincenzo Savona (EPFL) and Antonio Vassallo (UNIL).


Research projects

sponsored by the Swiss National Foundation (SNF)

"The Metaphysics of Physics: Natural Philosophy", November 2013 to November 2016, with Antonio Vassallo (Postdoc), Andrea Oldofredi (PhD student) and Davide Romano (PhD student).

“Causal properties and laws in the philosophy of science”, October 2010 to September 2015, with Pietro Snider (PhD student, Oct. 2010 to June 2012), Jakob Sprickerhof (PhD student, March 2011 to Sept. 2012) and Mario Hubert (PhD student from Jan. 2013 on) (project within the ProDoc “Mind and reality”).

“Structural realism as a philosophy of nature”, May 2009 to September 2013, with Vincent Lam (Post-Doc) (until 1 March 2010) and Tim Raez (PhD student) (1 March 2010- 30 September 2013), PhD thesis defended 2 December 2013.

“Direct realism and the threat from perceptual delusions”, August 2008 to July 2011, with Michael Sollberger (PhD-student), PhD thesis defended for 12 November 2010.

“Mental causation, functionalism and the metaphysics of causation”, December 2007 to November 2010, with Patrice Soom (PhD-student) (project within the ProDoc “Mind, normativity, self and properties”), defended 15th October 2010.

“Mental causation and reductionism”, October 2004 to September 2007, with Jens Harbecke and Christian Sachse, PhD theses defended 13 February and 4 September 2007.


PhD students 

  1. Christian Sachse, Reductionism in the philosophy of science, Thesis defended 13 February 2007; Prix de la Société académique vaudoise 2007; MER en philosophie de la biologie, Université de Lausanne.
     
  2. Jens Harbecke, Mental causation. Investigating the mind’s powers in a natural world, Thesis defended 4 September 2007; Postdoc University of Bern; Assistant Professeor tenure track in philosophy of science, University of Witten-Herdecke.
     
  3. Vincent Lam, Space-time within general relativity: a stuctural realist understanding, Thesis defended 30 November 2007; Prix de la Faculté des lettres; Postdoc University of Queensland, Brisbane; SNSF Ambizione fellow, Université de Lausanne.
     
  4. Georg Sparber, Unorthodox Humeanism, Thesis defended 3 December 2008; in the diplomatic service of Liechtenstein at the United Nations in New York.
     
  5. Patrice Soom, From psychology to neuroscience. A new reductive account, Thesis defended 15 October 2010; Postdoc University of Düsseldorf.
     
  6. Michael Sollberger, The structural nature of perception, Thesis defended 12 November 2010; Postdoc (premier assistant) University of Fribourg.
     
  7. Matthias Egg, Causal explanations and unobservable entities in particle physics, Thesis defended 12 October 2012; premier assistant Université de Lausanne.
     
  8. Antonio Vassallo, The metaphysics of quantum gravity: a causal approach, Thesis defended 22 July 2013; SNSF Postdoc, Université de Lausanne.
     
  9. Tim Räz, On the Applicability of Mathematics – Philosophical and Historical Perspectives, Thesis defended 2 December 2013.
     
  10. Marion Hämmerli, Parts, Places, and Perspectives: A theory of spatial relations based on mereotopology and convexity, Thesis defended 3 July 2014, co-direction with Achille Varzi (Columbia University, New York); assistant diplômé, Université de Lausanne.
     
  11. Laurent Cordonier, Sociologie et sciences de la nature humaine. Une approche intégrative, Thesis defended 19 December 2016, co-supervision with Laurence Kaufmann (SSP-UNIL). 
  12. Pietro Snider, Causation and the self-constitution of the conscious mind, Thesis defended 26 October 2015, co-supervision with Markus Wild (Basel). 
     
  13. Mario Hubert, Particles and laws of nature in classical and quantum physics, Thesis defended 18 November 2016.
     
  14. Andrea Oldofredi, Particle creation and annihilation: Bohmian approaches. A metaphysical inquiry into the ontology of quantum field theory, Thesis defended 19 November 2016, co-direction with Nino Zanghì (Genova).
     
  15. Davide Romano, The emergence of the classical world from a Bohmian universe, Thesis defended 19 November 2016.  
     
  16. Tiziano Ferrando, Structure and ontology, since February 2015. 
     
  17. Cristian López, The problem of the arrow of time in the micro-world, co-supervision with Olimpia Lombardi (Buenos Aires), since June 2017. 
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