Sebastien Rivat

Title | Organization: 
Graduate Student | Ph.D. program in Philosophy
Student Year: 
6th Year Ph.D. Student (Dissertation Phase)

2018-2019 Core Preceptor: Contemporary Civilization

My dissertation project investigates the status of physical infinities from the perspective of the modern developments of Quantum Field Theory. I argue that a careful examination of renormalization theory and of the structure of effective theories gives us a reasonable sense in which physical infinities are indispensable to scientific explanation and compatible with natural forms of scientific realism. More generally, I also have interests in the History of Philosophy, especially the Early Modern period, and Metaphysics. 

Before coming to Columbia, I did my undergraduate studies at Ecole Centrale Paris and completed my master’s degree at the University of Cambridge in theoretical physics (Part iii, Mathematical Tripos) and History and Philosophy of Science (MPhil).
Areas of Specialization: 
Philosophy of Physics, Philosophy and History of Science

Area of Competence:
Early Modern Philosophy, Metaphysics, Logic