Alexandre Guay, Professor of Philosophy of Natural Science and Analytic Philosophy
Institut supérieur de philosophie, Université catholique de Louvain

Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Montreal (2004)
M.Sc. Physics, University of Montréal (1997)

Current research domains:
-Metaphysics of science: emergence, process individual, causality, laws of nature
-Science and society: valuation and scientific experts

Representative Publications:

1. Sartenaer, O., Guay, A. & Humphreys, P. What price changing laws of nature? European Journal for Philosophy of Science, 2021, 11(1), 12. DOI 10.1007/s13194-020-00327-4.
2. Guay, A. & Pradeu, T. Right out of the box: How to situate metaphysics of science in relation to other metaphysical approaches. Synthese, 2020, 197(5): 1847-1866.
3. Ardourel, V. and Guay, A. Why is the transference theory of causation insufficient? The challenge of the Aharonov-Bohm effect. Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 2018, 63:12-23.
4. Guay, A. & Sartenaer, O. Emergent Quasiparticles. Or How to Get a Rich Physics from a Sober Metaphysics. In O. Bueno, R.-L. Chen & M Fagan (eds.), Individuation, Process and Scientific Practices, New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.
5. Guay, A. and Sartenaer, O. A New Look at Emergence of When After is Different. European Journal for Philosophy of Science, 2016, 6:297-322. DOI 10.1007/s13194-016-0140-6.
6. Guay, A. and Pradeu, T. To Be Continued: The Genidentity of Physical and Biological Processes. In A. Guay and T. Pradeu (eds.), Individuals Across the Sciences, Oxford University Press: New York, 2016, p. 317-347.
7. Gingras, Y. and Guay, A. The Uses of Analogies in 17th and 18th Century Science. Perspectives on Science, 2011, 19(2):154-191
8. Guay, A. and Hepburn, B. Symmetry and its formalisms: mathematical aspects. Philosophy of Science, 2009, 76(2):160-178
9. Guay, A. A Partial Elucidation of the Gauge Principle. Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 2008, 39(2):346-363

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