Antoine Taillard (ass. doct.)

Assistant-doctorant en philosophie générale


Antoine Taillard

Doctoral assistant, Chair of General Philosophy, Institute of philosophy

Espace Tilo-Frey 1
2000 Neuchâtel

Telephone : +41 32 718 1815
Email : antoine.taillard@unine.ch

Office : 2.E.45.

Curriculum Vitae


Publications :
  • Taillard, A. (forth.). Composition matérielle (A). In Maxime Kristanek (dir.), L'Encyclopédie philosophique
    Taillard, A. (2021). Possible in Philosophy. In The Palgrave Encyclopedia of the Possible (pp. 1–9). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-98390-5_136-1
PhD dissertation
  • Composition as Identity. 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
  • 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​

Fundamentality, natural properties, mereology, philosophy of modalities

  • Un défi pour le rationalisme modal. Sopha 2022 – Les Valeurs du Savoir, Neuchâtel, 18 July 2022
  • A Challenge for Modal Rationalism. Mental States and their Epistemic RolesGeneva, 1 June 2022
  • Essentialist Arguments against Identities are Unsound. Things and Their Explanatory Power, Bern, 21 August 2021
  • On Some Counterexamples to Strong Composition as Identity. Eidos seminar, Geneva, 26 November 2020
  • Discernibility Objections to Composition as Identity. Colloque de recherche, Neuchâtel, 20 October 2020
  • 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, Neuchâtel, 19 May 2020
  • Grounding as Priority. Workshop Basically. Fundamentality & Beyond​, Neuchâtel, 11 December 2019
  • Response to Hichem Naar’s "Reasons for Love and the Significance of Encounters" (response). Thumos seminar, Geneva, 12 April 2018