Under minor revision. “Gradualité des activités et pertinence explicative: concepts et applications”.

In this (long) paper, I offer different precise concepts that may be used to describe the graduality of activities, in particular epistemic ones. Then, I apply these concepts to the case of explanation and the fulfillment of the criterion of explanatory relevance. The paper is in French. It was presented at a workshop about graduality in epistemology that was held at Collège de France.

Edited volumes and special issues of journals

Academic papers: articles, review articles and book chapters

Order of authorship. Alphabetical order is used when all authors contributed equally to the final paper (shared co-authorship); non-alphabetical order is used to indicate the importance of the different contributions (by decreasing order).

  • Formal verification, scientific code, and the epistemological heterogeneity of computational science“, Philosophy of Science, with Vincent Ardourel, in press
  • Explaining Scientific Collaboration: a General Functional Account”, The British Journal of Philosophy of Science (with Thomas Boyer-Kassem), in press.
  • Imbert, Cyrille, Thomas Boyer, Vincent Chevrier, Christine Bourjot, 2020, “Improving deliberations by reducing misrepresentation effects”, Episteme, Journal of Individual and Social Epistemology, 17 (4) 403-419
  • Imbert, Cyrille, 2019, “The Multi-Dimensional Epistemology of Computer Simulations: New Issues and the Need to Avoid the Drunkard Search Fallacy”, in Computer Simulation Validation – Fundamental Concepts, Methodological Frameworks, and Philosophical Perspectives” edited by Claus Beisbart and Nicole J. Saam, pp. 1029-1055
  • Imbert, Cyrille, 2017, “Simulations, explication, compréhension : essai d’analyse critique.” Philosophia Scientiæ. Travaux d’histoire et de philosophie des sciences, no. 21–3 (October 30, 2017) : 49–109.
  • Imbert, Cyrille, 2017, “Computer Simulations and Computational Models in Science”, in Springer Handbook of Model-Based Science, edited by Lorenzo Magnani and Tommaso Bertolotti (in part G “Models and the Computational Turn”, edited by Francesco Amigoni and Viola Schiaffonati), pp.735-781 (37200 words)
  • Boyer, Thomas and Cyrille, Imbert, 2015 “Scientific Collaboration: Do Two Heads Need to Be More Than Twice Better Than One?”, Philosophy of Science, 82 (4):667-688
  • Barberousse, Anouk and Cyrille Imbert, 2014, “Recurring models and sensitivity to computational constraints”, The Monist, special issue with title “Models and Simulations”, Vol. 97, Issue 3, July 2014, edited by Paul Humphreys.
  • Imbert, Cyrille, 2014, “The Identification and Prevention of Bad Practices and Malpractices in Science. Commentary on Hanne Andersen “Epistemic Dependence in Contemporary Science: Practices and Malpractices””, in Rethinking Science after the Practice Turn, ouvrage édité sous la direction de Lena Soler, Emiliano Trizio & Sjoerd Zwart
  • Imbert, Cyrille, 2013 “Relevance, not Invariance, Explanatoriness, not Manipulability: Discussion of Woodward on Explanatory Relevance”, special issue of Philosophy of Science, vol. 80 (1), no 5, “Selected Papers” pp. 625-636
  • Barberousse, Anouk and Cyrille Imbert, 2013, « Le tournant computationnel et l’innovation théorique », in La philosophie de la physique : d’aujourd’hui à demain, sous la direction de Soazig Le Bihan, Vuibert.
  • El Skaf, Rawad and Cyrille Imbert, 2013, “Unfolding in the Empirical Sciences: Experiments, Thought-experiments and Computer Simulations”, Synthese, 169(3): 557–574
  • Anouk Barberousse, Anouk and Cyrille Imbert, 2013 “New mathematics for old physics: The case of lattice fluids”, Studies in History and Philosophy of Physics, Volume 44, Issue 3, August, Pages 231–241
  • Imbert, Cyrille, 2011, “Explication et pertinence : du sel ensorcelé à la loi des aires”, Dialogue, Canadian Philosophical Review / Revue canadienne de philosophievol. 50, 4, december 2011, pp 689-723
  • Braillard, Pierre-Alain, Alexandre Guay, Cyrille Imbert and Thomas Pradeu, 2011, « Une objectivité kaléidoscopique : construire l’image scientifique du monde », Philosophie, n°110, éditions de Minuit.
  • Barberousse, Anouk and Sara Franceschelli and Cyrille Imbert, 2008, “Computer Simulations as Experiments”, Synthese, vol. 169, n°3, pp. 557-574
  • Imbert, Cyrille, 2008, « Sciences différentes, explications similaires, régularités transversales » in : Martin, Thierry (éditeur). L’unité des sciences, Vuibert (Philosophie des sciences), sélection d’articles provenant du 2e congrès de la SPS sous la direction de Thierry Martin, Paris, Vuibert
  • Barberousse, Anouk and Sara Franceschelli and Cyrille Imbert, 2008, « Simulations Numériques et Expérimentation » Matière Première
  • Imbert, Cyrille, 2008, « Le sophiste et ses images. Épistémologie du temps simulé », in Les simulations : de l’informatique à la biologie et à la psychologie, numéro spécial de la Revue Philosophique de la France et de l’Etranger, édité par Georges Chapouthier et Stéphane Chauvier, 309-318
  • Imbert, Cyrille, 2007, “Why Diachronically Emergent Properties Must Also Be Salient”, september, in Philosophy and Complexity: Essays on Epistemology, Evolution and Emergence, pp. 99-116, edited by Carlos Gershenson, Diederik Aerts and Bruce Edmonds

Under minor revision

  • “Gradualité des activités et pertinence explicative: concepts et applications”.


  • à paraître, traduction et commentaire de “Social Empiricism” (Miriam Solomon) pour l’Anthologie d’Epistémologie Sociale, éditée par Denis Bonnay et Henri Galinon, Vrin, collection textes-clés


  • à paraître, Recension de l’ouvrage de Vincent Ardourel intitulé « Du calcul sur ordinateur à la mécanique discrète » (Paris : Vrin, Mathesis, 2018, 240), Revue d’Histoire des Sciences

Working papers (with stable versions, available on request)

“Realism about the complexity of physical systems without realist commitments to their scientific representations: How to get the advantages of theft without honest toil”

“Simulations versus Experiments: from Epistemic Opacity to Epistemic Roles and Physically Relevant Information”

“On the Epistemology of Explanatory (Ir)relevance or, Who is Afraid of Irrelevancies?”

(with Vincent Ardourel and Anouk Barberousse): “Inferential power, formalisms, and scientific models”

(with Julie Jebeile) “Transparency, nuclear activities and democratic decisions”

“Kitcher’s unification account of explanation and the problem of intrascientific relevance”

Unpublished research manuscripts

  • « Connaître avec des simulations : nouveauté des pratiques, transformation des contraintes, et évolution des rôles scientifiques » (manuscript d’habilitation, 300 pages, December 2019). I am currently working on the publication in book form of this manuscript. I plan to make an English version in the future.
  • « L’opacité intrinsèque des phénomènes. Théories connues, phénomènes difficiles à expliquer et limites de la science » (PhD manuscript, 2008)
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