Sebastien Rivat

Title | Organization: 
Graduate Student | Ph.D. program in Philosophy
Student Year: 
7th Year Ph.D. Student (Dissertation Phase)

2018-2019 Core Preceptor: Contemporary Civilization

My dissertation project explores the conceptual and methodological basis of effective theories and investigates the ways in which they force us to change our traditional understanding of scientific representation and realism in physics. 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, History and Philosophy of Science

Areas of Competence:
Early Modern Philosophy, Metaphysics, Logic