RESEARCH PROJECTS

Postdoc & PhD Projects

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Postdoc Research Project #3

Reshaping the World: A Systematic Unified Framework for Conceptual Engineering (SUFCE)

The purpose of the SUFCE project is to develop a well-founded systematic unified framework for conceptual engineering, that is: a method for the cognitive optimization of our conceptual apparatuses, based on adequate theories of concepts and of (cognitive) engineering.

Postdoc Research Project #2

Sign, Meaning, Reference (SIMERE).

A Semiotic Epistemology for Conceptual Engineering

The purpose of the SIMERE project is to provide new foundations for the epistemology of semiotic systems by modeling a theory of referential meaning that methodologically justifies the possibility of semiotic cognition as a dynamic process from the dual standpoint of intension and intentionality, with direct applications and a broad spectrum of outreach in conceptual engineering.

Postdoc Research Project #1

Husserl's Epistemology and Semiotics

of Mathematical Logic

The purpose of this research project is to contribute to a re-assessment of the significance of Husserl's philosophy of logic and mathematics, and to establish connections to it and some mainstream challenges in modern epistemology of mathematical logic by endorsing a semiotic-intentional viewpoint—viz. in terms of symbolic knowledge.

PhD Research Project

Sémiotique, syntaxe, sémantique (1879–1901). Des conséquences de la modélisation du signe sur la théorie de la signification chez Frege et Husserl

My doctoral dissertation is in historical epistemology, with a focus on theories of language. It deals with the redefinition of semiotics that occurs at the turn of the 20th century in relation to the development of new formal languages for the modern, formal, and mathematically oriented logic. In that context, it analyzes the constitutive conditions of Frege’s logicist program (1893) and of Husserl’s idea of phenomenology (1913). My dissertation aims to determine the consequences of their semiotic models on the development of their theories of meaning. In doing so, it provides a chronological and systematic reconstruction of their conceptions of logic from 1879 to 1901. The main result consists of designing an alternative between two ways of connecting a calculus to its signification (either monistic or dualistic), correlated with two opposite views on semiotic meaning (either intensional or extensional), and entailing two different conceptions of logic (either as calculus or as language). Thereby, my dissertation contributes to uncovering the syntax-semantics dichotomy that underpins the rise of modern logic.