I am a researcher at the University Bordeaux Montaigne. From 2016 until 2018, I was the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the IHPST (CNRS-Sorbonne Pantheon Paris 1). I am currently co-editing (with Claus Hilgetag and Marc Tittgemeyer) a theme issue in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, on the topic of “Unifying the essential concepts of biological networks”. I am also a co-founder (with Kareem Khalifa) of the annual workshop series "Scientific Understanding and Representation (SURe)", whose innauguration took place on 5-6 February 2019 in Bordeaux (France). The second SURe meeting is taking place on 12-14 March 2020 in Atlanta, GA (USA).
The overarching theme of my research is understanding the scientific explanation. My research is developed in two directions: in the philosophy of science and in the philosophy of mind.
In the philosophy of science, I work on a comprehensive account of topological explanations, especially in neuroscience. The term “topological” in this context is used in strictly graph theoretical sense, because these explanations appeal to features of connectedness of various systems by using network analysis, graph theory and similar approaches. This strand of my research is developed in regard to the explanatory power of topological models, their non-causal features, and their representational constraints given the methods and techniques for data obtaining.
In the philosophy of mind, I develop arguments against the conceptual analysis or the semantic approach in general. My arguments are based on the idea that conceptual analysis only tells us how truth functions of terms behave in different modal semantics, but it doesn't tell us much about the target phenomenon. I am also working on an idea about perspectivism towards modal strength, i.e. how interventionist and possible world counterfactual analyses are not always complementary and why they are not.
I received my PhD degree in philosophy from Humboldt University in Berlin. I was a visiting PhD student at King's College London where I worked with Professor David Papineau who was also one of my PhD examiners.
I am a serious tea and music connoisseur and cycling enthusiast (even though I don't ride my bike as nearly as I'd like due to work). I have an extensive tea collection, which contains some prized Pu Erhs (both raw and mature, from Xishuangbanna region in China), Da Hong Paos, Grand Cru Gyokuros from Kagoshima and Uji regions in Japan, as well as some Grand Crus (mostly Spring and Summer flushes) from Darjeeling in India and Nepal.
I play guitar and the keyboards, you can check out some of my musical sketches on soundcloud. I played in several punk-rock and avant-garde bands when I was teenager and in my early 20'.
I also like to cook and travel, if you are interested check out my Instagram.