Delphine Bellis

Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
Philosophy and Moral Sciences

Room 2.10, Blandijnberg 2

Delphine Bellis studied philosophy at Paris X-Nanterre and at Paris-Sorbonne Universities. In 2002, she passed the French Agrégation in philosophy. She received her PhD in philosophy in 2010 from the Université Paris-Sorbonne and the Radboud University Nijmegen. Her main intellectual interests are the relations between the history of philosophy and the history of science (in particular optics and matter theories) in the early modern period, with a focus on Descartes and Gassendi. After holding positions at the University of Utrecht, the Max Planck Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte in Berlin, and the Radboud University in Nijmegen, she currently conducts a FWO-funded project on "Gassendi and the Science of Optics: the Genesis of a Continental Empiricism" at Ghent University. She is an elected member of the Nominations and Elections Committee of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS) and a member of the editorial board of Studium. Tijdschrift voor Wetenschaps- en Universiteitsgeschiedenis / Revue d’Histoire des Sciences et des Universités.

Selected publications: 

• “Nos in Diem Vivimus: Gassendi’s Probabilism and Academic Philosophy from Day to Day,” forthcoming in Sébastien Charles and Plinio Junquiera Smith (eds.), Academic Scepticism in the Development of Early Modern Philosophy, Dordrecht: Springer, International Archives for the History of Ideas, 2017
• “The Perception of Spatial Depth in Kepler’s and Descartes’ Optics: a Study of an Epistemological Reversal,” in Jonathan Regier and Koen Vermeir (eds.), Boundaries, Extents, and Circulations. Space and Spatiality in Early Modern Natural Philosophy, Dordrecht: Springer, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 2016, pp. 125-152
• “De phenomenis sive experimentis: statut et fonction de la visibilité de la nature dans la métaphysique et la physique cartésiennes,” in Laurent Perreau (ed.), Le Phénomène, Paris: Vrin, 2014, pp. 59-82
• “Empiricism Without Metaphysics: Regius’ Cartesian Natural Philosophy,” in Mihnea Dobre and Tammy Nyden (eds.), Cartesian Empiricisms, Dordrecht: Springer, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 2013, pp. 151-183
• “Lieu et espace dans la philosophie de Gassendi,” in Luc Peterschmitt (ed.), Espace et métaphysique de Gassendi à Kant, Paris: Hermann, 2013, pp. 61-75