About me

I’m a philosopher of science and language, currently working at the Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science (CLPS). This centre is part of the Institute of Philosophy of KU Leuven (HIW). In 2019, I was the recipient of a three-year senior postdoctoral fellowship of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). This fellowship supports my own research project on the role of generic generalizations in science. Before this, I was a junior postdoctoral fellow of the FWO, carrying out a project on the philosophy of generic stereotypes.

My academic CV can be found here, including a list of publications, conference talks, and awards. This is what I look like:

My work focuses on the way in which we think and talk about others as constituting different kinds of people. This is of course a very broad topic, so in my research I aim to contribute to and borrow insights from various different fields. More specifically, I research natural kinds (general phil. of science), human kinds (phil. of psychiatry, phil. of race, phil. of biology), kind-thinking (phil. of cognitive science), and generic generalizations (phil. of language). I believe that it is at the intersection of these different fields that we can come to understand our practice of pigeonholing people.

I’m also a founding member of BeGeesterd, a new organization that aims to promote philosophy of psychiatry in Flanders (Belgium). More information about our activities can be found here.

When not at work, I try to spend as much time as I can on the water, either kitesurfing or wakeboarding. Though not the warmest climate, Belgium both has very windy conditions at the North Sea shore and enough flat rivers and canals for the windless wakeboarding days.

Olivier Lemeire

Contact: olivier.lemeire[at-sign]kuleuven.be