I’m a philosopher who writes about science and language. I am currently a Research Associate at the Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science (CLPS) of the Institute of Philosophy at KU Leuven. Prior to this, I was a postdoctoral fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders for six years (FWO). During that time, I was also a visiting researcher at Harvard University, Aarhus University, and Sheffield University.
You can find a list of my publications, conference talks, and awards on my academic CV (available here).
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.
I am also a board member of beGeesterd, a Belgian organization dedicated to promoting philosophical reflection on psychiatry and mental health. If you would like to know more, please visit our website (here).
In my free time, I enjoy spending time on the water, either kitesurfing or wakeboarding. Although Belgium doesn’t have the warmest climate, it has plenty of windy conditions along the North Sea shore and enough flat rivers and canals for windless wakeboarding days.
If you would like to contact me, please email me at olivierlemeire[you know what sign goes here]gmail.com.