I’m a Privatdozent and Ambizione Fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation at the University of Bern, where I work on the ethics of conceptualization and the ideal of systematicity as applied to thought and AI. Before that, I was a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford, and a Member of the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Oxford for three years. In 2022, I was awarded the Amerbach Prize of the University of Basel as well as the Lauener Prize for Up-and-Coming Philosophers of the Lauener Foundation for Analytical Philosophy.

Most of my research has been in metaphilosophy, epistemology, philosophy of language, the theory of action, and the history of philosophy from the eighteenth to the twentieth century (especially Hume, Rousseau, Smith, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Isaiah Berlin, and Bernard Williams), but I am a generalist at heart, and my more recent work shades into ethics, meta-ethics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of law.

My most recent book, The Ethics of Conceptualization: A Needs-Based Approach, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press and expected to appear in 2024. My earlier book, entitled The Practical Origins of Ideas: Genealogy as Conceptual Reverse-Engineering, was published open access by Oxford University Press in 2021 and can be downloaded for free here. An essay in Aeon offers an accessible introduction to some of the book’s main themes. Hardback copies can be ordered with a discount by accessing the OUP store through the image below.

My last name is pronounced with a silent ‘z’, i.e. [ kəˈloː ]. I can be reached by email at matthieu.queloz@unibe.ch. You can also find me in the following places:

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