Regular teaching at NYU Paris

Political philosophy

NYU Paris, Fall semester

(Exceptionally scheduled for spring 2023)

A survey of important issues in contemporary political philosophy, with a particular focus on the questions of social justice and political legitimacy. How should a just society be organized? Does justice require citizens and governments to follow some procedures, and/or does it involve reaching particular outcomes – for example particular patterns of wealth distribution? How should we reach important social and political decisions for them to be (and not just appear) legitimate? Is the majority always right? Should we elect representatives or practice a more direct form of democracy? What are the rights of minorities? Is there a right to civil disobedience when you disagree with a legitimately reached political decision? How should political communities interact with cultural minorities and particular identity groups? What do we owe to foreigners?

History of French Philosophy

NYU Paris, Spring semester

An overview of important developments in French philosophy from the 16th century to the 1960s. In 2020 we pay particular attention to issues related to the self, the other and society.

Other teaching

Philosophie des sciences cognitives

Université Paris I, Master LOPHISC, Automne 2022

Ce cours propose une introduction au dialogue entre la philosophie et les autres disciplines des sciences cognitives (en particulier la psychologie, les neurosciences et l’anthropologie) à travers l’étude de plusieurs questions controversées qui chacune remettent en cause un aspect de la théorie historiquement dominante de l’esprit. Après une introduction des éléments essentiels de cette théorie, des points de vue méthodologiques qui la sous-tendent, et de certains arguments importants en sa faveur, le cours abordera des problèmes récemment débattus: la question de la modularité du système perceptuel, la question du rôle des représentations dans la cognition, l’architecture de l’esprit humain, le problème dit “du cadre”, et le rôle des structures sociales dans le développement de la cognition humaine.

Introduction à la philosophie de l'esprit

PSL Research University, Licence 2, Printemps 2016 et 2017
avec Michael Murez

Une introduction à la philosophie contemporaine de l'esprit, en lien avec les développements en science cognitive. Les thèmes abordés incluent la théorie représentationnelle de l'esprit, le language de la pensée, le connectionisme, la cognition située, les représentations mentales, la conscience, l'inné et l'acquis, et la modularité de l'esprit.

Minds & Machines

NYU (Washington square), Summers 2013 and 2014

An introduction to recent philosophy of mind and cognitive science. How do our minds, our thoughts, and our experiences, fit into the world described by physics, chemistry, and biology? Could a machine, a physical device, whether made of silicon or neurons, think? Could it reason, represent its environment, enjoy conscious experiences? Drawing on readings in recent philosophy and cognitive science, we will explore different proposals to answer these questions, and to flesh out and critically examine the idea that our brains and nervous systems give rise to our mental lives. Topics will include the computer model of the mind, neural nets, the relationship between thinking and the body or the environment at large, how mental states may represent the world, the relationship between thought and consciousness, and the relationship between the science of the mind and our everyday picture of it.


NYU (Washington square), Summer 2012

An introduction to the study of artificial formal languages, especially propositional and predicate logic, and to their relevance to everyday reasoning and argumentation. The practical applications of formal languages range from mathematics to computer science and artificial intelligence. Their philosophical interest lies in how they help us formulate possible answers to questions such as: What distinguishes good from bad arguments? What are the different forms arguments may take? What does it mean for one statement to logically follow from another? What does it mean for a statement to be a logical truth? In the last part of the course, we will also begin to see how and why logicians and philosophers engage in metalogical reasoning about formal languages themselves.

Textbook: David Barker-Plummer, Jon Barwise & John Etchemendy, Language, Proof and Logic, CSLI, 2nd ed., 2011.

Teaching assistant

I T.A.-ed for the following courses during my PhD: