Pierre-Luc Dostie Proulx



Postdoctoral Fellow


St. George,


  • BA, Université Laval
  • MA, Université Laval
  • PhD, Université catholique de Louvain

After a BA in Computer Science at Université Laval, I finished an MA in Philosophy with a thesis on the epistemological debate between Habermas and Rorty. I was then hired on a 6-year contract as a PhD Assistant in Louvain, Belgium. My doctoral dissertation is entitled John Dewey’s Evaluative Theory and consists of an extensive analysis of the nature and role of values in classical pragmatism (with focus on how evaluation influences human cognition). In 2017, I received a two-year postdoctoral fellowship from FRQ (Fonds de recherche du Québec) to study the role played by evaluation and values in abductive reasoning (with focus on scientific inquiries). The aim of my current research is to analyze the relationship between explanatory virtues and explanatory power in IBE (Inference to the Best Explanation). My AOS are Epistemology and Philosophy of Science, with strong focus on American Pragmatism.

View my academia.edu page.

Research Interests:

Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, Pragmatism


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