Welcome to my website! I’m Olivier Lemeire, a philosopher who writes about science and language. I am a research associate at the Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science of KU Leuven. Previously I was a postdoctoral fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and a visiting researcher at Harvard University, Aarhus University, and Sheffield University.
I have worked on several different topics. You can read about my research interests under the headings ‘Research topics’ and find my writings on these topics under ‘Writings.’
One common thread in my research is that I often focus on the fact that both in everyday life and in science, we categorize different kinds of people. We categorize based on gender, religion, nationality, race, mental health issues, sexual orientation, personality, and age, among other things. Each of the corresponding categories (e.g., man, woman, Christian, Muslim, American, Russian, schizophrenic, baby boomer, millennial) is typically thought of as referring to a kind of person. This practice of thinking and talking about there being different kinds of people, raises many philosophical questions.
My CV can be found here.
You can contact me by sending an email to: olivierlemeire[you know what sign goes here]gmail.com.