Philosophy Faculty and Staff

Soazig Le Bihan

Soazig Le Bihan

Prof. of Philosophy and Director of the Prelaw Program

Office: LA 153
Email: soazig.lebihan@umontana.edu
Office Hours:

Fall 2020:

  • Pre-Law Advising: Fridays, 8am-11:30am and 2:30pm to 5pm -- Please schedule an appoinmtent on Navigate. 
    • Meeting ID: 941 4925 7109

    • Passcode: UMPrelaw

  • Office Hours for classes: Thursdays, 2-4pm, Walk-in on Zoom:
    • Meeting ID: 929 8391 2455
    • Passcode: UMLeBihan

Personal Website

Current Position

Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Prelaw Program

Courses

PHL 110E Introduction to Engaged Ethics (online, service component) 

PHL 262Y Modern Philosophy

PHL 317E Law and Morality

PHL 507 Philosophical Foundations of Ecology 

PHL 502 Philosophy of Law

HONR 391 Pre-Law Seminar 

 

 

Personal Summary

My research has long focused on the philosophy of physics, especially the philosophy of quantum physics, as well as on modeling, especially in physics and ecology.  Recently, I have become interested in issues regarding the relationship between science and values.

I regularly teach classes in the philosophy of science, the foundations of ecology, modern philosophy, and philosophy of law.

I am committed to develop as a public philosopher, which is a little bit of a big name to designate those of us who try to reach out to a larger audience. Check out my public outreach page if you are interested.

I am also the director of the Pre-Law Program at the University of Montana. I get to help and mentor some of the most wonderful human beings I have known doing so. Please go to the UM Pre-Law Program website for more information.

Finally, if you would like a little bit of background, feel free to check out my personal story.

Education

  • Ph.D. Philosophy: University of Nancy and Bielefeld University
  • Ecole Normale Supérieure Alumna
  • B.S. Fundamental Physics: University of Paris VI, Jussieu.
  • DEA, Philosophy, Université Sorbonne -- Paris IV
  • Maitrise, Philosophy, Université Nanterre -- Paris X 
  • B.A. Philosophy, Université Sorbonne -- Paris I 

Field of Study

  • Philosophy of science
  • Philosophy of physics
  • Philosophy of ecology
  • Philosophy of law

Selected Publications

  • (under review) Understanding Theoretical Ecological Models 
  • (2019) Partial truth versus felicitous falsehoodsSynthese. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-019-02413-4
  • (2017) Epistemically Detrimental Dissent: Contingent Enabling Factors vs Stable Different Makers. Philosophy of Science (with Iheanyi Amadi) 
  • (2017) Enlightening Falsehood: A modal view of scientific understanding. In Explaining Understanding: Perspectives From Epistemology and Philosophy of Science, ed. by Grimm, Stephen R., Christoph Baumberger, and Sabine Ammon, Routledge. 
  • (2014), How Understanding Matters – Or not. in Probing the Meaning of Quantum Mechanics: Physical, Philosophical, Mathematical, and Logical Perspectives, ed. by C. de Ronde, S. Aerts, D. Aerts, World Scientific. pp. 127-42
  • (2013) Précis de Philosophie de la Physique, Vuibert.
  • (2011) "Defending the Semantic View: What it Takes," European Journal for Philosophy of Science, 2(3) (2011): 249-274.
  • (2009) "Fine's Ways to Fail to Secure Local Realism," Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 40(2) (2009): 142-150.

Honors

  • 2019. Davidson Honors College Promoting Intellectual Engagement (PIE) Award.
  • 2017. Outstanding Faculty Advising Award.
  • 2016. Merit Increase. University of Montana.
  • 2016. Invited Professor, LabeX TransferS, Equippe république des savoirs, Ecole normale supérieure, Paris.
  • 2014. Merit Increase. University of Montana.
  • 2013. International Activity Grant. University of Montana.
  • 2012. Student Affairs Faculty Award. University of Montana.
  • 2011. Visiting Fellow: Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2011. Faculty Professional Enhancement Grant. University of Montana.
  • 2011. Merit Increase. University of Montana.
  • 2006-2008. Sawyier Predoctoral Fellowship. Illinois Institute of Technology.
  • 2005. DAAD Fellowship.
  • 2005. Fellowship Université Franco-Allemande.
  • 2004-2005. Graduate Fellowship. Bielefeld University.
  • 2004. Huguette Delavault Fellowship. Association des Femmes Françaises Diplomées de l’Université.
  • 2004. Conference Expenses Graduate Fellowship. 13th UK Meeting on the Foundations of Physics, York.
  • 2003. Travel Grant. Comité National de Philosophie et d’Histoire des Sciences, LMPS, Congress, Oviedo.
  • 2002-2005. Mobility Graduate Fellowship “co-tutelle de thèse”. European Union.
  • 2001-2002. Jane Eliza Procter Visiting Fellowship. Princeton University.

Environmental Bio

Soazig Le Bihan has a double Ph.D. from the University of Bielefeld (Germany), 2008 and the University of Nancy (France). She joined the department in the Fall of 2008 as a philosopher of science specializing in the philosophy of quantum physics. She has since taken particular interest in the budding field of philosophy of the science of ecology. Philosophy of the science of ecology is one of the few relatively untouched areas of philosophy of science. It presents a great challenge to philosophers of science as traditional conceptions of topics such as scientific explanation, laws of nature, scientific theories, and scientific understanding, which have been developed by reflecting primarily on physics, simply don't do justice to the science of ecology. Starting spring 2012, she will be teaching a seminar on the philosophy of the science of ecology.