Concordia University

Guillaume Beaulac, PhD

Assistant Professor, Philosophy

  • Description of PHIL 463 / 634

    Exploring Epistemic In/Justice

    Especially since Miranda Fricker's groundbreaking book, Epistemic Injustice, there has been quite a few discussions of epistemic in/justice in social epistemology. As Wylie suggests in her introduction to a specialHypatia issue on epistemic justice, social epistemology "must provide an account of how inequitable social relations inflect what counts as knowledge and who is recognized as a credible knower". In this course, we will critically read Fricker's book and we will discuss the topic of epistemic justice more widely by looking at a few important papers including (among others) work by Dotson, Gendler, Longino, Medina, Mills, and Stanley. Along the way, we will think about the notion of cognitive bias and how such biases might play an important role in the processes leading to epistemic injustice.

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy. I completed my doctoral studies at the University of Western Ontario where I worked within the Rotman Institute of Philosophy under the supervision of Chris Viger. At Western, I was, in turn, a Joseph-Armand-Bombardier Doctoral Fellow of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and a Fellow of the Schmeelk Canada Foundation. After completing my degree, I became a Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy at Yale University. I currently organize the meetings of the Cercle de Recherche de l'Institut des Sciences Cognitives (CRISCo-Mtl) with Sarah Arnaud, a PhD student from UQAM. Until recently, I served as an Officer of the Canadian Philosophical Association, but I am still a member of its Equity Committee and its Program Committee.

I work mainly in philosophy of cognitive science, in philosophy of mind, in epistemology and I pursue research on critical thinking and cognitive biases. I also have interests in some areas of philosophy of language, in philosophy of education, in moral psychology and in animal cognition.

I completed my B.A. and M.A. at Université du Québec à Montréal where I held research fellowships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, from the Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Société et Culture, from the Institut des Sciences Cognitives and from UQAM. I was a member of the Institut des Sciences Cognitives, of the Laboratoire d’Analyse Cognitive de l’Information and of the Interuniversity Research Center on Science and Technology (CIRST).

Postdoc, Yale University (2014-2015)
,University of Western Ontario (2014)
Visiting Research Scholar, The Graduate Center, City University of New York (2013)
Visiting Student, University of Pittsburgh (2012)
M.A., Université du Québec à Montréal (2011)
B.A., Université du Québec à Montréal (2009)

Teaching activities


PHIL 210 - Critical Thinking (online)

PHIL 210 - Critical Thinking (online)
PHIL 263 - Introduction to Epistemology
PHIL 327 - Kinds of Minds
PHI8091 / PHI9017 (UQAM) - Philosophie de l'anthropologie et de l'archéologie (Philosophie des sciences humaines et sociales; master's and doctoral seminar)

PHIL 210 - Critical Thinking (online)
PHIL 216 - Introduction to Philosophy of Language
PHIL 463 / PHIL 634 - Exploring Epistemic In/Justice (Honours Seminar / Selected Topics in Epistemology)
ISC9000 (UQAM) - Les sciences cognitives de l'équité et de la diversité (Séminaire interdisciplinaire en sciences cognitives; doctoral seminar co-taught with Pierre Poirier)


PHIL 201 - Problems of Philosophy
PHIL 210 - Critical Thinking (online)
PHIL 226 - Introduction to Philosophy of Minds


PHIL 201 - Problems of Philosophy
PHIL 210 - Critical Thinking (online)
PHIL 327 - Kinds of Minds


Beaulac, Guillaume & Tim Kenyon (2016). The Scope of Debiasing in the ClassroomTopoi.

Benétreau-Dupin, Yann, & Guillaume Beaulac (2015). Fair Numbers. What Data Can and Cannot Tell Us About the Underrepresentation of Women in Philosophy, Ergo, 2(3): 59-81.

Kenyon, Tim & Guillaume Beaulac (2014). Critical Thinking Education and Debiasing. Informal Logic, 34(4): 341-363.

Maxwell, Bruce & Guillaume Beaulac (2013). The concept of the moral domain in moral foundations theory and cognitive developmental theory: Horses for courses?. Journal of Moral Education, 42(3): 360-382.

Beaulac, Guillaume & Serge Robert (2011). Théories à processus duaux et théories de l'éducation : Le cas de l'enseignement de la pensée critique et de la logique. Les ateliers de l’éthique, 6(1): 63-77.

Poirier, Pierre & Guillaume Beaulac (2011). Le véritable retour des définitions. Dialogue, 50(1): 153-164.

Beaulac, Guillaume (2010). Wikipedia et la reconnaissance de la spécialisation. Cahiers de l’Institut des Sciences Cognitives, 1: 59-63.

Beaulac, Guillaume & Pierre Poirier (2009). Book Review of Va Savoir! De la connaissance en général (Pascal Engel, Hermann, 2007). Dialogue, 48(1): 217-221.

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