Denis Miéville – SRC Honorary Director
Appointed Professor at the University of Neuchâtel in 1987 (he will be the rector of this university from 1999 to 2003), he taught logic and directs the Semiological Research Centre. Recognized as a world expert on Lesniewski’s logics, he has been engaged in the study of his developmental systems, which have the advantage of being dynamic, universal, and free and of a higher order. Moreover, by developing a theory of syntactic-semantic categories, he developed a methodology able to identify logic-discursive indices in written text. He also developed a way of representing argumentative and reasoning organizations.
His interests are inclined towards the understanding of the way in which discursive thought creates meanings, by inscribing them into reasoning networks. This is one of the reasons that led Professor Miéville to specifically examine discursive procedures that entail new knowledge, such as those proceeding by analogy and those structuring creative definitions. Sensitive to the epistemological aspect of knowledge, he is interested in how concepts develop gradually to crystallize into stable entities.
Professor Miéville has taught in various universities including, those of Geneva, Rennes and Iasi. The University of Iasi awarded him a degree of Doctor Honoris Causa in 2003. He also received the title of Honorary Member of the Francophony in 2001.