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Emmanuel Picavet

Professor of Applied Ethics at

Paris-1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University

e-mail: Emmanuel.Picavet[at]

Emmanuel PICAVET was born 1966 in Paris. He was trained in philosophy (Bachelor and Master degrees from Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Paris) and in economics (Bachelor degree from Panthéon-Sorbonne University, master degree from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris). He was a teacher-student of Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris, 1986-1991) where he prepared the national examination for teaching (agrégation)  in philosophy (obtained in 1989). He received his doctorate in philosophy from Paris-Sorbonne University in 1994, with a dissertation on rational choice and public life under the supervision of Prof. Bertrand Saint-Sernin. A revised version of the dissertation has been published as Choix rationnel et vie publique (Paris, Presses Universitaires de France, 1995).


He received his Habilitation from Panthéon-Sorbonne University in 2008 (under the supervision of Pr. Jean-François Kervégan. On this occasion he presented a new monograph which subsequently appeared under the title La Revendication des droits [The Claim of Rights] (Paris, Classiques Garnier, 2011, to appear in 2021 as a pocket book). Prof. E. Picavet has also devoted books to John Rawls (John Rawls, Théorie de la justice, I – Paris, Ellipses, 2001), to Kelsen and Hart (Kelsen et Hart. La norme et la conduite. Paris, PUF, 2000), he has edited Henri Bergson’s  Essai sur les données immédiates de la conscience anew (Paris, Garnier-Flammarion) and he has written numerous articles in scientific journals.


Prof. E. Picavet is presently a professor of Philosophy (applied ethics) at université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris, France). He belongs to UFR 10 (Philosophy Faculty) and chairs the  Centre de Philosophie Contemporaine de la Sorbonne (CPCS). He also co-chairs the Ethics and Finance chair at Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (Paris, France) with C. Walter.


He is editor-in- chief (with Gilles Campagnolo) of Revue de Philosophie économique / Review of Economic Philosophy, a peer-reviewed scientific journal. He also sits on the editorial of scientific boards of such journals as Cités, Igitur (France), Lignes (Ivory Coast), Metabasis (Italy). For several years, he has been a member of the national committee for ethical reflection concerning animal experimentation (French ministry of higher education and research and French Ministry of Agriculture). In year 2018 (Beijing congress), he has been elected as the delegate of France on the Steering Board of Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie (the main worldwide forum for national and international learned philosophical societies).  He is also a member of the steering board of Société Française de Philosophie, and the corresponding person for international relations (former treasurer). From 2020, he has also been a member of France’s national Corporate Social Responsibility platform.


From 2009 to 2012, E. Picavet was Professor of Modern and contemporary practical philosophy at Université de Franche-Comté (Besançon, France). His main research centre was then the “Logic of action” (Logiques de l’agir) laboratory and he edited the AGON book series (Presses Universitaires de Franche-Comté). He was the coordinator of the Master programme in philosophy. During this period, he was a member of Bourgogne-Franche Comté regional ethics committee for medicine; he had the initiative of research projects about the ethical problems of the autonomy of aged people, and expertise. 


   From 1995 to 2009, he was Maître de conferences (assistant professor) in Political Philosophy at Panthéon-Sorbonne University, where he also served as deputy chair of the philosophy department. From 2005 to 2008, he headed the important DELICOM project about inter-institutional dialogue and legitimacy issues. He had previously been a foreign language assistant at Edinburgh University (United Kingdom), in 1987-88, later to serve as an assistant (allocataire-moniteur-normalien) at Panthéon-Sorbonne University (1992-1995). In years 1990-91, as a conscript, he served in the Strategic Affairs Unit (DAS) at the French Ministry of Defence, concentrating on statistical work on defence spending.


An updated bibliography is available in the French & English CV for the Sorbonne here  

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