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
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Office : 2.E.45.

Curriculum Vitae


Publications :
PhD dissertation
  • Things Could Not Have Been Otherwise. Within contemporary western philosophy (and presumably beyond it), it is an almost uncontroversial view that at least some things could be at least somewhat different from what they are. I challenge this standard view. I claim that nothing could be otherwise, i.e. everything is necessarily what it is.. 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