Prof. Daniel Andler

Trained in both mathematics and philosophy, with theses in mathematical logic from both UC Berkeley, where he held a Harkness fellowship (PhD, 1973) and Paris 7 (these d’Etat, 1975), Daniel Andler taught mathematics for the first half of his career before moving to positions in philosophy. Since 1999, he has held the chair of philosophy of science and epistemology at Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), where he also heads the research team “Sciences, Norms and Decisions” (SND). He is an honorary member of the Institut universitaire de France (IUF). His central interest lies in the foundations of cognitive science and the import of this field on our scientific understanding of mankind and the role of philosophy. He has worked on specific issues concerning models of the mind, the role of context, and reasoning. While defending and illustrating a moderate form of naturalism, Andler attempts to account for the crucial role of context and the limits of any given state of human knowledge, whether individual or collective. This leads to a pluralistic view of science and to a realistic form of objectivism regarding science in use. Andler is also engaged in a number of more applied projects concerning the use of scientific knowledge in policy issues, and the very idea of the application of basic research to areas of expert activity. In 2006, he founded Compas, an interdisciplinary think-tank devoted to exploring the transformations of education brought about by advances in cognitive science and information technologies. More recently, he has combined an old interest in phenomenology with his ongoing study of cognitive neuroscience to engage in collaborative research on suffering and its relation to physical pain.

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