The Lake Geneva Graduate Conference (LG2C) is a new annual event organized by the graduate students at the Universities of Fribourg, Neuchâtel and Geneva, Switzerland. LG2C is a project initiated by Alain Pe-Curto, who presented the idea to the Conférence universitaire de Suisse occidentale (CUSO) in Summer 2015, with the support of Fabrice Correia, Julien Deonna and Fabrice Teroni. Alain and Maria Scarpati are now in charge of the project and, together with Alexander Bown, Pablo Carnino, Steve Humbert-Droz and Elodie Malbois, they form the 2016 team behind the first edition of the conference, which will be held in Geneva on Friday, May 27th.


LG2C Management – Alain Pe-Curto & Maria Scarpati

Alain Pe-Curto (webpage)

My background is in philosophy and ancient Greek, with some linguistics. I am now a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Philosophy in Geneva and at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, working with Julien Deonna and Fabrice Teroni. My dissertation on “organic unities” blends ethics and metaphysics to look at the (maybe bizarre) way values combine within mereologically complex objects. Given the nature of my subject, I split my Ph.D. program between Geneva and Rutgers, where I was visiting and working with Dean Zimmerman for a few years. In parallel to my dissertation, I worked and continue working in moral psychology on character, situationism and automatic/implicit processes such as bias. My wider interests include ethics, the philosophy of death and the philosophy of emotions.

Maria Scarpati


I am currently a Ph.D. student and teaching assistant at the University of Neuchâtel, Institute of Philosophy – under the supervision of Fabrice Correia. I earned my BA in Philosophy at Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele (Milan) and my MA in Philosophy at the University of Genova. The title of my Ph.D. thesis is “Haecceitism as a Theory of Individual Essences”. I also take part, with Fabrice Correia, in the FNS project “Essences, Identities and Individuals”, and I have been a member of eidos – the Centre for Metaphysics, since October 2013. My main research interests are in metaphysics – especially individuation, identity, essence and the ontology of individuals. I am also interested in philosophy of language and philosophical logic.

2016 Team – Alain Pe-Curto & Maria Scarpati, of course – but also: Alexander Bown, Elodie Malbois, Maria Scarpati, Pablo Carnino & Steve Humbert-Droz

Alexander Bown


I earned my undergraduate degree from Oxford University and am now writing a PhD under the supervision of Paolo Crivelli at the University of Geneva. I am investigating an ancient debate between members of the Epicurean school and some of their opponents concerning the validity of sign-inferences and the truth of the corresponding conditionals, a debate presented in the *de Signis* of Philodemus of Gadara and preserved in just a single surviving papyrus. I work primarily in ancient philosophy, but am also interested in many issues of contemporary philosophy, particularly in metaphyiscs, language and philosophical logic.

Elodie Malbois


I started a Phd in January 2016 jointly at the Universities of Fribourg and Geneva (Institute Ethics, History and Humanities). I am exploring questions of intersubjetivity starting with the concept of availability by Gabriel Marcel.




Pablo Carnino


After graduating and earning an MA at the University of Geneva, I am currently writing a PhD Thesis there. The main focus of my work is the connections between the metaphysical explanatory relation called grounding and the more familiar explanatory relation called causation.

I recently earned a travel grant to visit Princeton University for a year, and the University of Oxford for six months (Thanks FNS!). Unfortunately, this will make me miss LG2C this year.

Steve Humbert-Droz



I am in the PhD program. I’m working on the distinction between modes and contents in imagination and belief with the professor Fabrice Teroni, in Fribourg. I am also interested in the philosophy of values and aesthetics.