Jean-François Bert

Teaching & PhD


Humanities and Social Sciences Program

Past EPFL PhD Students

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Knowledge, awareness, beliefs II

What is knowledge? By using the tools of the history of science, of epistemology but also of sociology and anthropology, it will be a question of understanding how knowledge is produced, transmitted, but also what are the useful approaches to observe them

Science, reason and faith I

The aim of this course is to examine the conflicts between science and religion. Conflicts that are inevitable when science decides to tackle themes that overlap with those discussed in sacred texts, in particular the question of the origin of the world or of living organisms.

Science, reason and faith II

This course takes the long history of opponents of Darwin and Darwinism (creationists, neo-creationists, supporters of intelligent design) to try to understand their strategies and arguments.

Savoirs, connaissances, croyances II

This course is an introduction to the question of conspiracy theories.

Sciences and religions I

The aim of this course is to review the conditions (both historical and epistemological) that have enabled the sciences to gain autonomy from religion.

Sciences and religions II

Can one be a scientist and a believer at the same time? Is science the enemy of faith? Should a scientist always be an atheist or an agnostic? These are some of the questions dealt with in this seminar. Its purpose is to present the various forms of the debate between science and religion.