Doctorant-es

Céline Schöpfer

Doctorante de Florian Cova

My first studies were in psychomotor therapy, for which I holds a degree from the Geneva Haute École de Travail Social. I experienced 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 writings on cognitive bias.

 

Research

My SNSF Doc.CH project deals with critical thinking and it is done under the supervision of Prof. Florian Cova and Prof. Fabrice Clément. 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 no consensus among them. This vagueness generates 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 risks are associated with the use of this concept.

If you are interested in learning more about my research, check this out.

 

Grants

  • 2021-2025: SNSF Doc.CH grant for the project Thinking Critically about Critical Thinking

 

Publications

Related to my PhD project:

  • Schöpfer, C., Abatista, A. G. F., Fuhrer, J., & Cova, F. (2022). ‘Where there are villains, there will be heroes’: Belief in conspiracy theories as an existential tool to fulfill need for meaning. Personality and Individual Differences, 200. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2022.111900

Other:

  • Schöpfer, C., Ehrler. F., Berger, A., Bollondi, C., Buytaert, L., De La Serna, C., Hartheiser, F., Fassier, T., Clavien, C. (2022). Accordons-nous, A Mobile Application for Advance Care Planning and Advance Directives: Development and Usability Test. JMIR Human Factors. http://dx.doi.org/10.2196/34626
  • Johansen, M. W., Goddiksen, M. P., Centa, M., Clavien, C., Gefenas, E., Globokar, R., Hogan, L., Merit, M. T., Nielsen, S. S., Olsson, I. A. S., Poškutė, M., Quinn, U., Santos, J. B., Santos, R., Schöpfer, C., Strahovnik, V., Wall, P. J., Sandøe, P., & Lund, T. B. (2022). Lack of ethics or lack of knowledge? European upper secondary students’ doubts and misconceptions about integrity issues. International Journal for Educational Integrity, 18(1), 20. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40979-022-00113-0

 

Degrees

  • Master of Art (MA) in Philosophy, University of Lausanne
  • Bachelor of Science HES-SO in Psychomotor Therapy, Haute Ecole de Travail Social, Geneva