Département de philosophie

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Céline Schöpfer

Doctorante de Florian Cova

I first studied as a psychomotor therapist, where I holds a degree from the Geneva Haute École de Travail Social. I have experience working in a therapeutic day-care center, in a specialized education center and in a private office setting. I then obtained a Master's degree in Philosophy from the University of Lausanne, where I specialized in the philosophy of science. My final dissertation focused on the ontology of moral properties in relation to physicalism and the scientific method, where I proposed a reflection on the moral error theory in the light of the writing on cognitive bias.

My PhD resarch deals with critical thinking. Many researchers believe that critical thinking training is an indispensable element in the fight against fake news, conspiracy theories or irrational beliefs. However, this notion presents serious conceptual problems. For example, there is a plethora of definitions of critical thinking and none of them has a consensus. This vagueness generates the circulation of certain misunderstandings that can induce undesirable effects - such as a certain distrust of scientific authorities, due to excessive skepticism. The challenge of this project is to undertake a critical analysis of critical thinking in order to determine what exactly should be taught under this name.