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Welcome to CEFISES!

Since its founding in the 1960s by Jean Ladrière, CEFISES, the Center for the Philosophy of Science and Society at the Université catholique de Louvain, has been one of the leading centers in Europe for the study of the philosophy of the natural and formal sciences.

Read more here about the mission of the center, its history, and its scope, as well as our position within UCLouvain.

CEFISES is comprised of three faculty members, two emeritus professors, and numerous post-doctoral and doctoral researchers.

The members of CEFISES are involved in a wide variety of current and former research projects, which you can discover here.

Keep in Touch


With more and more of our events taking place either online or in a hybrid in-person/online format, you can see a number of recent talks and conference presentations (both given by center members and at CEFISES) on our YouTube channel. Like, comment, and subscribe!

Social Networks

You can follow updates from CEFISES both on Twitter @cefises and on Facebook via the page for the Institut supérieur de philosophie at UCLouvain.

Contact Us

Director: Charles H. Pence,

Centre de philosophie des sciences et sociétés (CEFISES), Place du Cardinal Mercier 14, bte. L3.06.01, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgique

If you’re coming to visit, check out instructions about how to find us on our Contact page.