My work is mainly about the philosophical status (epistemological and ontological) of the principles of mechanics and how this status changes for different authors and in different times. Thus I am interested in the interaction between mathematics, physics and philosophy in the discipline of mechanics. I have specialized in the 19th century but I am now expanding my interests and work also on questions related to mechanics in the 17th and 18th That is how I became interested in the work of Émilie du Châtelet. A consequence of my research is my interest on the role of hypotheses in science and their use in scientific practice.
In my teaching I am very interested in challenging the canon (both in philosophy and in science), that is why when I teach history and philosophy of science I try to talk to my students about scientific traditions different than the European one and I try to include in my syllabus works by female philosophers and authors different from the English speaking tradition. As I have not been trained in how to challenge the canon, I have to do research in order to be able to do that. I consider Émilie du Châtelet a case in which my teaching and research intertwine perfectly.
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