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Antoine Taillard

Doctoral assistant, chair of General Philosophy

Office: 2.E.45

Email: antoine.taillard@unine.ch

Curriculum Vitae

 

Education: 
  • MA in philosophy, University of Neuchâtel
    • Master’s thesis title: "Naturalizing Intentionality: the Causal-Informational View as an Answer to Brentano Problem" [« Naturaliser l’intentionnalité : les théories causales comme réponse au problème de Brentano »]. Advisors: Prof. Julien Deonna & Prof. Richard Glauser
    • Study emphases: contemporary metaphysics (Lewis’s natural properties theory, grounding, truthmaking) and philosophy of mind (mind-body problem)
  • BA in philosophy, anthropology, and French language and literature, University of Neuchâtel
    • Bachelor’s thesis title: "The explanatory gap problem: how to explain what it is like to be a conscious organism" [« Le problème du fossé explicatif : expliquer l’effet que cela fait d’être un organisme conscient »]. Advisor: Prof. Richard Glauser​

 

Interest:
  • Metaphysics: composition as identity, fundamentality, natural properties
  • Philosophy of mind: materialist reduction, mind-body problem
  • Free will problem

 

PhD dissertation
  • Composition is Identity (working title). Composition is the familiar relation between a whole and its parts. Identity is the familiar relation that everything bears to itself and to nothing else. I claim instances of the former relation are instances of the latter. In other words: the whole is identical to its parts. Advisor: Prof. Olivier Massin

 

Talks:
  • Two Types of Social Properties: A Defense of Ontological Individualism. Social Ontology 2020, online, 16 July 2020
  • Explanation and Identity. The Building Account of Grounding. Colloque de recherche, University of Neuchâtel, 19 May 2020
  • Grounding as Priority. Workshop Basically. Fundamentality & Beyond​, University of Neuchâtel, 11 December 2019
  • Response to Hichem Naar’s "Reasons for Love and the Significance of Encounters" (response). Thumos seminar, University of Geneva, 12 April 2018