Université de Lyon (Lyon 3)
Coordinator of the project, Professor of Philosophy of Science
After an BSc in Physics and Philosophy with a Year in Continental Europe, I obtained my a MA degree in the Philosophy and History of the Science (with an AHRC scholarship) and then a PhD at the Philosophy Department at the University of Bristol.
My research interests focus on questions regarding the relationship between Science and Democracy given a relativist approach in epistemology.
Université Grenoble Alpes
Professor of Political Philosophy
Thierry holds a PhD in Political Studies from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). His areas of specialisation are political philosophy and the history of political ideas, as well as the philosophy of innovation. He has published extensively on Machiavelli as well as on republican thought and democracy more generally. He has also experimented with various of aspects of improvisation used as a pedagogic tool.
Associate Professor of Sociology at Science Po Grenoble
Séverine mainly works on the sociology of scientific professions, organization of public research, higher education and research policies. Using insights from science policy studies, science and technology studies and the sociology of scientific expectations, her most recent work focuses on the development of interdisciplinary nanomedicine and epigenetics in France and the United States.
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After a PhD degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Philosophy, I am currently enrolled in a PhD program in the Philosophy of Science (Université de Grenoble-Alpes, France, and UQAM, Canada). My work interrogates the epistemic value of scientific autonomy and scientific freedom, in the context of the contemporaneous demands for a democratization of the governance of research.
I am currently working on a PhD thesis in the philosophy and sociology of science entitled “Who should own knowledge ?”, co-supervised by Professors Stéphanie Ruphy (PPL) and Raul Magni-Berton (PACTE).
After studying fundamental physics, I came closer to the philosophy of science with the “Philosophy, History and Sociology of Sciences” Master at the Université Grenoble-Alpes. More broadly, my research address issues relating to the science/society interface, the philosophy of free software and the knowledge commons.
After graduating from the Grenoble-INP Engineering School with a specialization in nuclear energy engineering, I spent two years working on my Master’s degree at the Grenoble Institute for Political Studies. During this time, I became interested in highly complex questions about the interrelations between science and society. I therefore decided to further explore these questions from a philosophical point of view, something which resulted in a Master’s degree in the philosophy of science. I am currently researching these interrelations within the context of a PhD, focusing on the democratization of decision-making processes in public research.
Professor of Philosophy of Science, UQUAM (Montreal)
Vincent holds a PhD in Philosophy (LSE). He specialises on the philosophy of the human and the social sciences, as well as the history of philosophy, especially on the 19th century thinkers Auguste Comte and John Stuart Mill. He is currently researching the reception of the works of John Stuart Mill in France. For more information, visit his website:
Professor of Philosophy of Science, Durham University
Julian holds a PhD in Philosophy (LSE). His areas of specialisation include the philosophy of economics and of medicine, as well as causation in the biomedical and the social sciences. He has recently published Causation, Evidence and Inference, (Routledge, 2015). For more information, visit his personal website:
Professor of Philosophy and History of the Natural Sciences, Leibniz Universität (Hannover)
Torsten holds a PhD in the Philosophy (Bielefeld). His research has focussed on the philosophy of mathematics, general issues in the philosophy of science. His most recent works focus on trust and trustworthiness in the epistemology of scientific collectives, and other issues such as conventionalism. For more information, visit his personal website: