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With Hilary Putnam in Bern in 2012

Welcome to my website

I am an associate professor of philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Geneva.

My current research focuses on the philosophical foundations of quantum gravity. Together with Nick Huggett (University of Illinois, Chicago), I am writing a book under contract with Oxford University Press entitled Out of Nowhere: The Emergence of Spacetime in Quantum Theories of Gravity. From September 2015 to August 2018, we are running a large project called 'Space and Time After Quantum Gravity' funded by the John Templeton Foundation out of our two centres at Chicago and Geneva. The joint activities for this project are chronicled in our blog Beyond Spacetime.

More generally, I work mostly in the philosophy of physics, which heavily intrudes into metaphysics and general philosophy of science. Specifically, I work on space and time, time travel, persistence, identity, laws of nature, determinism, and causation.

My Erdös Number is 3 (Erdös → Tarski → Andreka and Nemeti → me).

Out of Nowhere:
The Emergence of Spacetime in Quantum Theories of Gravity

I am currently writing a book with Nick Huggett, which is under contract with Oxford University Press. It starts out from the recognition that in quantum theories of gravity, spacetime disappears in some sense or other and investigates the philosophical implications of a fundamentally non-spatiotemporal world, as well as how spacetime is thought to re-emerge in various of the main approaches to quantum gravity.