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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 original research interest lies in the question of realism, approached from an epistemic perspective: how do we come to know a subject-independent reality? 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 in the philosophy of knowledge, science, and language. Using Dewey's theory of inquiry, I defend a view of the growth of knowledge as an iterative process of creation, application, and revision of conceptual frameworks, and draw the consequences of this view for the way truth and reality should be conceived.


Key publications: 

- (Book chapter) “The interplay between emotion and reason: The role of sympathy in moral judgment,” in John Dewey’s Ethical Theory, New York: Routledge, 2020

- (Review) “Roberto Gronda, Dewey’s Philosophy of Science. Synthese Library. Springer International Publishing, 2020,” Philosophy of Science, Volume 88 Issue 3, July 2021

- (Review) “Levine Steven, Pragmatism, Objectivity, and Experience, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019,” European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy, XI-2, December 2019

- (Review) “Zask Joëlle, La Démocratie aux Champs, Paris: La Découverte, 2016,” European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy, X-2, December 2018

Teaching and Supervisions


- Supervision of undergraduate students for the Philosophy Faculty (University of Cambridge) on the following courses: “Set texts: Descartes” (first year), “Early Modern Philosophy” (second year), “Knowledge, Language and World” (second year), “Metaphysics” (third year)

- Graduate seminar at the Philosophy Department of ENS de Paris (5 x 2 hours) on “Pragmatism and Realism” (October-November 2019)

Other Professional Activities

- PhD representative for the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge (2020-2021)

- Reviewer for the European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy

- Member of the editorial committee and review editor of Pragmata, francophone journal for pragmatist studies (since 2017)

- Lead organizer of the second Young Scholars Pragmatism Conference: Inquiry, Science, Truth, University of Cambridge, 11-12 October 2021

- Co-organizer of the online workshop Traditional Entanglements of Conceptual Engineering: American and Cambridge Pragmatism, 8 July 2021

- Co-organizer of the conference Philosophy, Poetry and Politics: The Relevance of Richard Rorty, CRASSH, University of Cambridge, 12-13 September 2019

- Co-organizer of the first Young Scholars Pragmatism Conference: From Interactions to Institutions, ENS Paris, 18-19 January 2018

Department: History and Philosophy of Science
Supervisor: Prof. Hasok Chang
Advisor: Prof. Huw Price
College: Corpus Christi
AHRC subject area: Philosophy
Provisional title of thesis: Knowledge in the making: A Deweyan theory of inquiry
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