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Doctoral Student;
Department of Philosophy, Western University

Marie Gueguen is currently a PhD student in the philosophy department, beginning in 2015-2016. Her research interests are primarily in the history and philosophy of science, particularly the philosophical foundations of physics and cosmology. Marie is an Agrégée in Philosophy and received her Bachelor’s degree and her Master from the University of Rennes 1 (France). She also graduated from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne with a Master in Logic and Philosophy of Science (LOPHISC) and took physics courses in the University of Paris 6-Jussieu.

Marie’s research focuses on the following question: how can the clarification of the structure of scientific theories help us choosing among competing theories in domains where their observational consequences either are the same or cannot be easily determined. After she criticized traditional strategies for appraising equivalent theories in her dissertation, her research program is now focused on finding solutions to this underdetermination problem via the elimination of theoretical artifacts. She develops this research program along two main axes: 1) a formal axis, which focuses on showing how artifacts are generated within scientific theories and how their removal can break the alleged empirical equivalence of rival theories; 2) a practice-based approach, in which she studies and formalizes the methods developed by cosmologists to detect artifacts in numerical simulations and assess whether these methods can be suitably applied to scientific theories in general. This second axis of her work is developed with a group of astronomers, cosmologists and philosophers as part of the Templeton grant: New directions in the philosophy of cosmology.

 “Anti-scepticism and humility in Duhem’s philosophy of science”, with Stathis Psillos, Transversal: International Journal for the Historiography of Science, 2017, 2: 54-72.

“Les damnés de l’hyper”, investigation article about gamification, digital taylorism and the working conditions in drive-thru supermarkets, Philosophie Magazine, 2015, 90: 31-35.

MA Thesis

Second Year thesis topic : Symmetries and quantum theories (University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Supervisor: M. Kistler and A. Barberousse, available here).

First Year Thesis Topic : Identity, Individuality and Indiscernibility in Quantum Mechanics (University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Supervisor : M. Kistler, available here).

PHILOSOP 1130G, Big Ideas (TA), University of Western Ontario, Winter 2018

PHILOSOP 1030A, Understanding Science (TA), University of Western Ontario, Fall 2017.

PHILOSOP 1020, Introduction to Philosophy (TA), University of Western Ontario, Winter 2017.

PHILOSOP 1020, Introduction to Philosophy (TA), University of Western Ontario, Fall 2016.

PHILOSOP 2010G, Philosophy of Food (Grader), University of Western Ontario, Winter 2016.

PHILOSOP 2073F, Philosophy of Death (Grader), University of Western Ontario, – Fall term 2015.

Philosophy of Science: Causation in Physics (TA), University of Nantes, Winter 2015.

Philosophical English (Lecturer), University of Nantes, Winter 2015.