We are proudly happy to welcome Hugo Mercier as a new associate member. After a postdoc in the Philosophy, Politics and Economics program at the University of Pennsylvania, and another one at the University of Neuchâtel, Hugo Mercier is now on leave from the CNRS (L2C2) to do some research at the Cognitive Science Center from the University of Neuchâtel, as an Ambizione fellow.
Most of his work has focused on the function and workings of reasoning. According to the argumentative theory of reasoning, the function of reasoning is argumentative: to find and evaluate arguments so as to convince others and only be convinced when it is appropriate. Accordingly, reasoning works well as an argumentative device, but quite poorly otherwise. We are now testing some predictions of the theory and more generally investigating the links between reasoning and argumentation.
More information about Hugo can be found on his Google page.