Benetreau-Dupin, pursuing a PhD in philosophy, hails from Bourges, a small city in the centre of France. He completed his bachelor’s degree in logic, history and philosophy of science at the Université Paris-1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (which included one year of study at the University of Bologna in Italy), then completed his master's degree in philosophy at Boston University.
His proposed research centres on philosophical issues in contemporary cosmology. In particular, Benetreau-Dupin examines to what extent the uniqueness of the universe challenges the project of cosmology as a science, and how this issue affects the validity of particular experimental-related studies.
“Western is an important research university in many fields, which makes it the ideal setting for interdisciplinary collaborations,” Benetreau-Dupin says. “The presence of the Rotman Institute is also one of the reasons I chose Western, as it provides a promising place to pursue my research in collaboration with scientists and to develop more interdisciplinary projects in science education.”
The University of Western Ontario's Department of Philosophy is one of the most distinguished departments in Canada. Faculty members in the department are active researchers who publish in diverse fields of expertise.
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