Researchers

Denis MiévilleSRC Honorary Director

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After studying mathematics and logic at the Universities of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) and Bowling Green (Ohio, United States), Denis Miéville defended his doctoral thesis in 1984 at the University of Neuchâtel. His interest in the development and formalization of a natural logic led him to study both the theory of collective classes and the foundations of propositional and maximal predicate logic. The expression of this reflection will be the topic of his thesis: « A Development of Stanislaw Lesniewski’s logical systems: Protothetic, ontology and mereology. »

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.

 

Research Team

Rebecca Bendjama

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Rebecca Bendjama studied Social Sciences at the University of Lausanne, with an interest in mathematics, sociology of education and the sociology of emotions. Her master's thesis deals with the management of tears (2006). In 2009, she obtained a doctoral assistant position with Professor Denis Miéville at the Institute of philosophy of the University of Neuchatel. Her PhD. thesis project covers the deconstruction of gender in feminist press (2010). The project aims to analyze the characteristics of discourse that "deconstruct" gender. Natural logic, because of its theoretical and methodological frames, can be used to address such discourses, which typically place themselves in opposition to generally accepted ideas about gender.