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Centre de Sciences Cognitives

Université de Neuchâtel
Rue de la Pierre-à-Mazel 7
2000 Neuchâtel, Suisse

After a postdoc in the Philosophy, Politics and Economics program at the University of Pennsylvania, and another one at the University of Neuchâtel, I am now on leave from the CNRS (L2C2) to do some research at the Cognitive Science Center from the University of Neuchâtel, as an Ambizione fellow.

You can follow what I've been doing here.

Here is an overview of the projects I'm working on.

Most of this work has focused on the function and workings of reasoning. According to the argumentative theory of reasoning, the function of reasoning is argumentative: to find and evaluate arguments so as to convince others and only be convinced when it is appropriate. Accordingly, reasoning works well as an argumentative device, but quite poorly otherwise. We are now testing some predictions of the theory and more generally investigating the links between reasoning and argumentation.

Here's a list of publications and a CV.

Recently I was kindly invited to give a TEDx talk in Ghent, which gives a brief overview of some of my research.