Duchesneau, Fran - History/ Philosophy

Personal Information
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University Affiliation: 
University of Montreal
Area of Research
History/ Philosophy
Geographical Region: 
Great Britain
Time Period: 
17th Century
18th-20th Century
Specific Area of Research: 
Philosophy and history of life sciences, science and early modern philosophy, modern philosophy and the scientific revolution, Leibnizianism, epistemology of biological theories
PHD Program: 
Doctorat ès-lettres d’État en Philosophie
PHD University: 
Université Paris-I
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Major Publications: 
L'Empirisme de Locke, The Hague: M. Nijhoff (Springer), 1973; La Physiologie des Lumi (En collaboration avec J. Griard) Leibniz selon les Nouveaux Essais sur l’entendement humain, Paris, Vrin; Montréal, Bellarmin, 2006. « “Essential force” and “formative force”: models for epigenesis in the 18th century », in: B. Feltz, M. Crommelinck & P. Goujon (Eds.), Self-Organization and Emergence in Life Sciences, Synthese Library – 331, Dordrecht, Springer, 2006, 171-186. « The delayed linkage of heredity with the cell theory », in: S. Müller-Wille & H.-J. Rheinberger (Eds.), Heredity Produced: At the Crossroad of Biology, Politics and Culture, 1500 to 1870, Cambridge (Mass.), MIT Press, 2007, 293-314. « Rule of continuity and summation of infinitesimals in Leibniz’s physics », in : U. Goldenbaum & D. Jesseph (Eds.), Infinitesimal Differences. Controversies between Leibniz and his Contemporaries, Berlin & New York, Walter de Gruyter, 2008, 235-253. « Méthodes et idées selon l’Istoria », in : A. Vallisneri, Istoria della generazione (a cura di M.T. Monti). Firenze, L.S. Olschki, 2009, I, cv-cxc. Leibniz. Le vivant et l’organisme, Paris Vrin, sous presse.
Membership in Academic Societies: 
Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, Canadian Philosophical Association, History of Science Society, Philosophy of Science Association, Leibniz-Gesellschaft, International Society for History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology, Soci
Courses Taught: 
Philosophy and history of science at the graduate and undergraduate level