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Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership - Student Profiles



I completed my B.A. in Philosophy at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon and my M.A. in Contemporary Philosophy at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris and EHESS, France. My main research interest lies in the question of realism, approached from an epistemic perspective: how, if at all, do we come to know a subject-independent reality? How does this reality constrain our knowledge claims? I first approached this question through the prism of the theory of perception laid down in British Empiricism. I wrote my first-year Master's dissertation on the relation between perception and imagination in Hobbes and Hume. I wrote my final Master's dissertation on John Dewey's theory of inquiry and reflective thinking, focusing on the place of conflict in his naturalized view of the mind and knowledge. My PhD project bears on contemporary issues relating to pragmatism and realism. I intend to present Dewey's theory of inquiry as an (unorthodox) realist epistemology adapted to complex cases of knowledge.

Department: History and Philosophy of Science
Supervisor: Prof. Hasok Chang
Advisor: Prof. Huw Price
College: Corpus Christi
AHRC subject area: Philosophy
Title of thesis: Realism without Truth: A Deweyan framework for the epistemology of complex cases
 Celine  Henne