Alain Pe-Curto


I am a member of Thumos, the Genevan team on emotions and values. Our team is lead by Prof. Julien Deonna and Prof. Fabrice Teroni. Our team is itself a common part of the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (CISA) directed by Prof. David Sander, and the Department of Philosophy of the University of Geneva, directed by Prof. Marcel Weber. I received my MA from the University of Geneva. My two disciplines were philosophy, with a master's dissertation, and Ancient Greek, with a shorter MA dissertation, known as petit-mémoire. I took linguistics as a third discipline.                                                          
Overview of Ph.D. program

I am a Ph.D. candidate and my dissertation focuses on the mereology of values, a topic at the junction of metaphysics and ethics.                                             
  • RESEARCH
Dissertation in value theory | I am interested in the relation between the evaluative features of wholes and the evaluative features of the parts they are made of. In other words, I work on the way values combine in complex objects. I became absorbed                
by the topic, its ethical implications and the wide variety of philosophical tools required to appropriately understand the intimate 
relation between wholes and their parts.

Research in moral psychology | I have also developed a strong interest in moral psychology. More precisely, I have worked on personality, character theory, automatic behavior, implicit cognition and implicit bias.

Links to drafts and papers will be included soon.
  • COURSE-WORK AND STAY AT RUTGERS
Graduate School | I have been enrolled in both the doctoral school Mind & Reality (graduate courses) and the CUSO doctoral school (graduate-level workshops). I also took additional seminars, such as Julien Dutant's reading group on Hansson's The Structure of Values and Norms.

In-program stay abroad | I took a mobility break during my graduate program to visit Rutgers University Department of Philosophy for two years. I visited Rutgers again, as a part-time lecturer during Spring 2014 and taught a class on the philosophy of life and death. My stay was made possible and sponsored by Prof. Dean Zimmerman
  • MOST RECENT TEACHING EXPERIENCE
        Independent courses | as sole instructor
        Emotions and Values, course, Université des Seniors, Geneva.
        Philosophy of Death, course-seminar, Department of Philosophy of the University of Geneva.
        Philosophies of Death and Dying course (300 level), Department of Philosophy of Rutgers University                 at New Brunswick. 
        Metaphysics of Value, course-seminar, Department of Philosophy of the University of Geneva.
        
        Supervision work 
        College-level – BA: supervisor of four senior (BA) theses
        Graduate-level  MA: candidate tutoring and co-evaluator for one thesis (topic: aesthetics, value                        theory with some metaphysics).
  •  REVIEWING
        I have acted as a reviewer for conferences and
        Dialectica
        The Emotion Review 
        Klesis
        The Review of Philosophy and Psychology
        Synthese

Grants and Awards

Grants | I have received combined research funding coming from the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Boninchi Foundation , the Academic Society of Geneva, the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences, the National Center for Competence and Research in Affective Sciences and the Dean of the School of Humanities. 

Awards | I am grateful as well for the Philibert Collart Award received in relation to my doctoral dissertation work and for the Disdier Prize in Moral Philosophy granted in relation to my Master's thesis. Previously, when finishing my path at Collège Sismondi, I received the Lombard Odier Award in Ancient Greek and a Prize in Classical Latin. I am also thankful for the Meyrin Prize, the Paribas Award and the Gillet Prize granted by the Academic Society of Geneva (general grade- and/or project-based awards).
    Non-academic | I have pursued activities outside academia, which have helped support my graduate studies in addition to being inspiring and formative. I joined, amongst others, the team of a performing arts theater (no acting involved), was an assessor for high-school finals in Ancient Greek and helped develop an e-learning platform.

    Involvement in University and Campus Life

    In summer 2016, I initiated and lead the project to create a graduate conference in philosophy for the Lake Geneva area, with the support of Prof. Fabrice Correia, Julien Deonna and Fabrice Teroni and that of the Conférence universitaire de Suisse occidentale. The website for the 2016 and 2017 installments of the Lake Geneve Graduate Conference is here: https://lg2c.wordpress.com/.

    As an undergraduate and with the philosopher and friend Amanda Garcia, I co-founded PhilEAs, the University of Geneva Philosophy Students Association. Amanda and I also created PhilEAs Talks. PhilEAs talks are regular, invited philosophy presentations, entirely managed by philosophy students. Speakers are invited to present a 20 minutes warm-up introduction geared to undergraduates (and whoever is not up to speed on the relevant topic), before giving a 'regular' talk to the whole philosophy department. Past speakers are listed here.

    With colleagues, I am working on creating a welcome-platform for students who would need advice in their discovery of academia, including those whose relatives and acquaintances have little academic background. After graduation, the goal of the platform is also to facilitate contacts through an alumni network.