Département de philosophie

Guillaume Schlaepfer

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Research assistant SNSF and PhD student of Marcel Weber


Education

2012  -  B.A., Complementary Studies in Philosophy, University of Geneva.
2012  -  B.A., General History, German Language, Literature and Civilization, University of Geneva.
2008  -  M.Sc., Bi-disciplinary, major: Biology, minor: Physics, University of Geneva.
2005  -  B.Sc., Biology, University of Geneva.

CV complet.


General interests

  • Philosophy of science
  • Philosophy of biology
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Cognitive sciences


Research

I am working on the SNF project Counterfactuals Reasoning in Biology directed by Prof. Marcel Weber at the University of Geneva. I'm focusing on the importance and the functionning of thought experimenting in biology and in particular in the relation between thought experimenting and modeling in evolutionary biology. In the course of this study, I have also been interested in apriori knowledge, the epistemology of dispositional properties, the semantics of scientific laws and non-monotonic logics.

Follow me on academia.edu et researchgate.net.


Publications

  • Schlaepfer, G., & Weber, M. (forthcoming). Thought Experiments in Biology. In J. R. Brown, Y. Fehige, & M. T. Stuart (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Thought Experiments.
  • DiFrisco, J., Pontarotti, G., Boem, F., Schlaepfer, G., Sokolowska, E., & Fernández-Labandera, E. (2015). Ontological Issues in the Life Sciences. Biological Theory, 1-6. doi:10.1007/s13752-015-0207-1


Talks

  • Models of Natural Selection: either apriori or causal, but syntactically true and possibly explanatory, retreat of the DFG research group “What if?”, Hegne, Germany, February 6-8, 2015.
  • Darwin’s thought experiments: An epistemic role for fictional illustrations in evaluating theoretical models, Symposium with Peter Bowler, DFG Research group « What if ? », Universität Konstanz, Germany, May 8-9, 2014.
  • Scientific modeling: a two-layers based hypothetical reasoning, Conference on Hypothetical Reasoning, Universität Tübingen, Germany, August 23-24, 2014.
  • Poster presentation, How modeling impacts science?, Workshop Bridging Theoretical and Experimental Evolution, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern, and CUSO, La Fouly, June 12-15, 2013.
  • Comment on Adam Toon, “Molecular Models in Vivo and in Historico”, Second European Advanced Seminar in the Philosophy of the Life Sciences, Fondation Brocher, Geneva, Switzerland, September 10-14, 2012.
  • Comment on Raphael Scholl and Tim Räz, “Does the consensus view of idealization have legs?”, Workshop From False Models to Truth?, University of Bern, Switzerland, April 14, 2013.


Teaching

  • BA reading seminar in relation with the course « Introduction à la philosophie des sciences » given by Prof. M. Weber, seminar given together with Maximilan Huber, University of Geneva, Switzerland, Automn 2013

 

Doctorant de Marcel Weber


Etudes

2012  -  B.A., Complément d'études en Philosophie, Université de Genève.
2012  -  B.A., Histoire générale, Langue, Littérature et civilisation allemande, Université de Genève.
2008  -  M.Sc., bi-disciplinaire, majeure: Biologie, mineure: Physique, Université de Genève.
2005  -  B.Sc., Biologie, Université de Genève.

CV complet.


Domaines d'intérêt

  • Philosophie des sciences
  • Philosophie de la biologie
  • Biologie de l'évolution
  • Sciences cognitives


Recherche

Je collabore au sein du projet SNF Counterfactuals Reasoning in Biology dirigé par le Prof. Marcel Weber à l'Université de Genève. Mon travail se concentre sur l'importance et le fonctionnement des expériences de pensée en biologie, et plus particulièrement sur la relation entre expérience de pensée et modélisation en biologie de l'évolution. Dans le cadre de cette étude, je me suis intéressé en outre aux connaissances apriori, à l'épistémologie des propriétés dispositionnelles, à la sémantique des lois scientifiques et à la logique non-monotone.

Suivez l'actualité de ma recherche sur academia.edu et researchgate.net.


Publications

  • Schlaepfer, G., & Weber, M. (forthcoming). Thought Experiments in Biology. In J. R. Brown, Y. Fehige, & M. T. Stuart (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Thought Experiments.
  • DiFrisco, J., Pontarotti, G., Boem, F., Schlaepfer, G., Sokolowska, E., & Fernández-Labandera, E. (2015). Ontological Issues in the Life Sciences. Biological Theory, 1-6. doi:10.1007/s13752-015-0207-1


Sélection de conférences

  • Models of Natural Selection: either apriori or causal, but syntactically true and possibly explanatory, retreat of the DFG research group “What if?”, Hegne, Germany, February 6-8, 2015.
  • Darwin’s thought experiments: An epistemic role for fictional illustrations in evaluating theoretical models, Symposium with Peter Bowler, DFG Research group « What if ? », Universität Konstanz, Germany, May 8-9, 2014.
  • Scientific modeling: a two-layers based hypothetical reasoning, Conference on Hypothetical Reasoning, Universität Tübingen, Germany, August 23-24, 2014.
  • Poster presentation, How modeling impacts science?, Workshop Bridging Theoretical and Experimental Evolution, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern, and CUSO, La Fouly, June 12-15, 2013.
  • Comment on Adam Toon, “Molecular Models in Vivo and in Historico”, Second European Advanced Seminar in the Philosophy of the Life Sciences, Fondation Brocher, Geneva, Switzerland, September 10-14, 2012.
  • Comment on Raphael Scholl and Tim Räz, “Does the consensus view of idealization have legs?”, Workshop From False Models to Truth?, University of Bern, Switzerland, April 14, 2013.


Enseignement

  • Automne 2013: TP “Introduction à la philosophie des sciences” (lié au cours du même nom de Marcel Weber)