Members

 
DIRECTORS Fabrice Correia Kevin Mulligan    
 
MEMBERS Dominik Aeschbacher Joshua Babic Philipp Blum Paolo Bonardi
Claudio Calosi Damiano Costa Vincent Grandjean Salim Hireche
Olivier Massin Giovanni Merlo Robert Michels Paolo Natali
Benjamin Neeser Jan Plate Maria Scarpati Alexander Skiles
Lisa Vogt Jonas Waechter Marcel Weber Christian Wüthrich
       
 
AFFILIATED MEMBERS Francesco Berto Corine Besson Alexander Bown Lorenzo Casini
Stephan Leuenberger Fraser MacBride Jan Walker  
 

Directors

Fabrice Correia
Full Professor, University of Geneva

Fabrice was appointed professor of analytic philosophy at the University of Geneva in 2017, after spending 5 years as full professor at the University of Neuchâtel. He co-founded eidos, is co-editor of dialectica, and is a member of the Academia Europaea. His main research interests are in metaphysics, philosophical logic, the philosophy of language, the philosophy of science, epistemology and the philosophy of mind.

Kevin Mulligan
Full Professor, University of Italian Switzerland and Director of Research, Institute of Philosophical Studies in Lugano

Kevin Mulligan was full professor of analytic philosophy from 1986 to 2016 at the University of Geneva and was appointed professor of philosophy at the University of Italian Switzerland and Director of Research at the Institute of Philosophical Studies in Lugano in 2017. He founded the European Society for Analytic Philosophy, thumos, and co-founded eidos and 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 30 students, many of whom now hold positions in philosophy in several 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, tropes, truth, truthmakers, wholes and value. His 2012 book Wittgenstein et la philosophie austro-allemande (Paris:Vrin) has appeared in Italian and Spanish. In 2016 he published Anatomie della Stoltezza (Milan: Jouvence).

Members

Dominik Aeschbacher
PhD student, University of Geneva

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.

Joshua Babic
PhD Student, University of Geneva

Joshua Babic is a PhD student and teaching assistant at the University of Geneva under the supervision of Prof. Fabrice Correia. He has obtained his Bachelor degree in Philosophy from the Institute for Philosophical Studies in Lugano and his Master degree in Philosophy from the University of Geneva. He’s currently participating in a UNIGE-Princeton collaborative research project on the application of logical methods to problems in the philosophy of physics. His main interests are in the realm of logic and metaphysics, the philosophy of physics, and the philosophy of geometry. His doctoral thesis is on supersubstantivalist theories, that is theories whose ontology consists only of spatiotemporal entities.

Philipp Blum
Oberassistent, University of Lucerne

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 "Oberassistent" (maître assistant) at the chair of philosophy of the faculty of theology of the University of Lucerne.

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 Kaplan, Salmon, and Soames.

Claudio Calosi
SNF Eccellenza assistant professor, University of Geneva


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.

Damiano Costa
Postdoc, University of Fribourg and Lecturer, Institute for Philosophical Studies, Lugano

Damiano works mainly in metaphysics, with a focus on time, but his research interests extend to issues in the philosophy of religion, of physics 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.

Vincent Grandjean
PhD student, University of Geneva

Vincent received his BA in Philosophy and History and his MA in Philosophy from the University of Neuchâtel. As a student of the Ecole Normale Superieure of Paris (international selection), he also obtained the diploma of the ENS and a second MA in Contemporary Philosophy from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (PhilMaster). He is now a PhD student at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Geneva within the SNF project "The Metaphysics of Time and its Occupants". He is mostly interested in the metaphysics of time and the philosophy of science.

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.

Olivier Massin
Full Professor, University of Neuchâtel


Olivier Massin is professor of philosophy at the Institut of Philosophie of the University of Neuchâtel. He received two Phds in philosophy, one from the University of Aix-Marseille and the other one from the University of Geneva. He has been previously research scientist at the Institut Jean Nicod (Paris) and SNF Professor at the Philosophy Department of the University of Zürich. He has been working on questions such as: what are forces? What are mixtures? What are economic exchanges? What is ownership? What is continuity? What is pleasure? What is suffering? What is pain? What are desires? What are determinables? What are tryings? What are efforts? What is touch?

Giovanni Merlo
SNF Ambizione research fellow, University of Geneva


Giovanni Merlo was awarded an SNSF Ambizione grant for his project 'The Privileged Present: from Phenomenology to Metaphysics'. Before joining eidos, he held a fellowship at the NYU Center for Mind, Brain and Consciousness (2014-15) and worked as a postdoc in Hamburg (2015-17) and Stirling (2017-19). His research focuses on issues in metaphysics, epistemology, the philosophy of mind and the history of early modern philosophy.

Robert Michels
Postdoc, USI Lugano


Robert received his MA in philosophy from the University of Constance and his PhD from the University of Geneva, where he was a postdoc afterwards. He has since been teaching in Geneva and Neuchâtel and is currently a postdoc in a project on identity at USI in Lugano. His two main interests are modality and indeterminacy.

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.

Benjamin Neeser
PhD student, University of Geneva


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.

Jan Plate
Postdoc, USI


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 has worked as a postdoc with Fabrice Correia in Neuchâtel. Since 2017, he has been employed in another SNF project (with the title 'Connectives, Predicates, and Priority'), based at the Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano.

Maria Scarpati
Postdoc, University of Geneva


Maria obtained her PhD at the University of Neuchâtel with the thesis "Haecceitism as a Theory of Individual Essences", under the supervision of Fabrice Correia (main supervisor) and of Olivier Massin. She is now a PostDoc at the University of Geneva and a teaching assistant of Logic at the University of Neuchâtel. Her main research interests are in metaphysics, and mainly focus on identity, individuation, modality, and the metaphysics of properties and relations. She is also interested in philosophical logic, Leibniz's philosophy, and the philosophy of language.

Alexander Skiles
Postdoc, MIT


The bulk of Alex's research is in metaphysics, logic, and the philosophy of science, with a few pertinent topics in the philosophy of language mixed in. He is currently a Swiss NSF Advanced Postdoc.Mobility Fellow and will be visiting Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2019, where he will be conducting research on metaphysical explanation and the logic of generalized identity). Alex earned a Ph.D from the University of Notre Dame, where he wrote a dissertation on the metaphysics of grounding and fundamentality.

 

Lisa Vogt
Visiting PhD researcher, University of Geneva


Lisa is currently a PhD student at LOGOS in Barcelona and, in the academic year 2019-2020, a visitor at the University of Geneva. Previously, she obtained her BSc in Mathematics from the University of Konstanz and her MA in Philosophy from the Humboldt University in Berlin. Her main interests are in metaphysics, but she is also interested in philosophical logic, the philosophy of science and the philosophy of language. In her PhD project, she explores questions surrounding dispositionalism, natural modality, essence and grounding.

Jonas Waechter
Postdoc, University of Italian Switzerland, Lugano


Jonas works at the interface between metaphysics, the philosophy of physics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science. After obtaining a BA and MA in philosophy from the University of Fribourg and a BSc and MSc in Nuclear Physics from the University of Geneva (at CERN on NA61 experiment/T2K), he obtained a PhD in the philosophy of science at Bristol University in December 2017 under the joint supervision of James Ladyman and Richard Pettigrew. He is now a postdoc within the SNF-funded research project 'Identity in cognitive science, quantum mechanics, and metaphysics' at the Università della Svizzera italiana.

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.

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.

Affiliated members

Francesco Berto
Full Professor, University of Amsterdam

Franz works on logic and metaphysics at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) and at the Department of Philosophy, University of Amsterdam.  Before going to the Netherlands, he’s been doing more or less the same at the University of Aberdeen UK, at the Institute for Advanced Study, University of Notre Dame IN-USA, at the Sorbonne-Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, at the University of Italian Switzerland, at the Universities of Padua, Venice, and Milan-San Raffaele in Italy. He has written a number of books and papers on topics ranging from modal metaphysics to non-mainstream metaontology, non-classical logic, non-standard computation, and almost anything deviant in theoretical philosophy. He loves logical paradoxes, impossible worlds, nonexistent objects, and philosophers who don’t take themselves too seriously.

Corine Besson
Lecturer, University of Sussex

Corine is a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sussex. After earning a BA from the University of Geneva, she received a B.Phil. (2001) and a D.Phil. (2006) from the University of Oxford. She is also the Director of the Centre for Logic and Language (CeLL) at the Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, where she convenes the LEM - Logic, Epistemology and Metaphysics Forum. Corine’s principal areas of research are the philosophy of logic, epistemology and the philosophy of language. Her current work focuses mostly on logic and its relation to reasoning. She is writing a book entitled Logic, Reasoning, and the Tortoise that is in large part concerned with the relevance of Lewis Carroll's regress argument to the philosophy of logic.

Alexander Bown
PhD student, 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.

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.

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".

Fraser MacBride
Full professor, University of Manchester

Jan Walker
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Jan pursued his PhD studies in logic at the University of Geneva. He also was a member of the Logic and Theory Group in the computer science department at the University of Bern. His PhD thesis was on axiomatic theories of truth.