Département de philosophie

Geneviève Lachance

Postdoctoral Researcher

In March 2017, I received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to conduct research at the University of Geneva under the supervision of Prof. Paolo Crivelli. My current project aims at defining and characterising a particular type of sophistry that was popular in IV century BC Athens, known as “eristic” (eristikos).

I am primarily concerned with the “prehistory” of logic, namely with all the different schools or thoughts that have contributed to the developments of logic before Aristotle and the Stoics. In addition to eristic, my main fields of interest are history of ancient philosophy, Plato’s dialectic, the sophistic movement, antilogic and refutation (elenchus). My approach is predominantly historical and philological. I am also interested in the ancient Armenian translations of Greek philosophical texts such as Plato’s dialogues and Aristotle’s Organon.

In 2015 I received my PhD from the University of Montreal and the University Paris-Sorbonne (joint doctorate) under the supervision of Prof. Louis-André Dorion and Prof. Jean-Baptiste Gourinat. My thesis focussed on the Platonic conception of logical contradiction. From 2015 to 2016, I was awarded and undertook a postdoctoral fellowship at the Université libre de Bruxelles under the supervision of Prof. Sylvain Delcomminette. My research at the ULB focused on antilogic, a close relative of eristic.