Experts in: Hegel
- Jewish thought
- Theoretical and practical rationality
- Political philosophy
- Modern Times
- 19th century
My research interests concern the connections between Husserlian phenomenology, psychoanalysis (Freudian and some contemporary), and continental thought on sensibility. The thematization of sensibility and alterity, as found in Levinas and Merleau-Ponty, in the formation of "I" and in some of sociality (notably that of Husserl on intersubjectivity) is the subject of current research.
I am also interested in Nietzsche's philosophy of forces in bodies, and his attempt to rethink European values. Finally, I am also interested in the distinctions between 19th-century rational psychology in German speaking cultures (Herbart, Brentano) and Revolutionary psychiatry in France (Pinel, Esquirol, and later, Charcot, among others).
My research in formal logic and philosophy of science essentially focuses on the foundations of mathematics and the foundations of physics from technical, critical, historical and philosophical points of view. From a strictly philosophical viewpoint, I support a radical constructivist thesis that consists of showing that arithmetic or number theory and its internal logic are the building blocks of mathematical theories.
In philosophy of physics, my antirealist viewpoint emphasizes the internal logic of physical theories and of mathematical physics in the same constructivist spirit.
Lastly, I have also carried out parallel research into Hegel's dialectical logic and have been able to show that it is a traditional syllogistic logic coupled with the dynamic process of sublation or sursumption (Aufhebung) with the help of a double negation operation.
My research interests lie mainly in the historical tension between critical theory (mainly Adorno) and phenomenology (mainly Heidegger and Husserl), and in the historical roots of this tension. More specifically, I am interested in the role played by the concept of possibility in these 2 great traditions of European philosophy. This issue is at the heart of my research in different areas: the dialectic heritage (temporality and Hegel), practical philosophy (Marx and the possibility of emancipation, Hegel and the concept of education, Adorno and the possibility of autonomy), aesthetics (works of art as expressions of human or social potentials) and metaphysics (the concept of horizon for Husserl, modality and the priority of actuality in the history of philosophy).
Winner of the Université de Montréal university-wide Teaching Prize, 2014
Winner of the Faculty of Arts and Science Teaching Prize, Université de Montréal, 2013.