Baptiste Le Bihan
FNS Starting Grant « Space, Time and Causation in Quantum Gravity »
Most of my research interests are in theoretical philosophy (philosophy of physics, philosophy of science, metaphysics), mainly on time and space, modality, mereology and material objects but I also occasionally branch out in philosophy of mind and comparative philosophy. I hold a PhD in philosophy from the University of Rennes, a habilitation in philosophy of science from the University of Bern and the French professor qualification in sections 17 and 72. I’m supervising a Swiss NSF Starting Grant (2023-2028). The project ‘Space, Time and Causation in Quantum Gravity’ aims at examining the role causation could play in explaining the emergence of spacetime in some approaches to quantum gravity.
After a PhD in metaphysics of time at the University of Rennes, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Space and Time after Quantum Gravity project (conducted at the University of Illinois at Chicago and at the University of Geneva) and then a research associate in the project To and Fro: Scientific Metaphysics at Physics’s Frontiers in Geneva. Then, I supervised an Ambizione project at the University of Geneva on the metaphysics of quantum gravity with a focus on mereology. I am also a member of the Geneva Symmetry Group.