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UZAN Pierre

Researcher attached to laboratory SPHERE

Fully qualified teacher of Physical Science, exceptional class, at the Fondation Santé des Etudiants de France

Contact : pierre.uzan[at]

- Research Topics
- Cursus
- Main Presentations
- Main Publications
- Teaching and Students Supervision
- Editorial Activity
- Dissemination of knowledge

Research Topics

  • Philosophy of physics. Conceptual foundations of quantum theory. Universality of the concepts of complementarity and entanglement. Quantum logic, logic of entanglement.
  • Time and irreversibility issues. Informational theory of time from which can be derived the second law of thermodynamics and a time-energy uncertainty relation. Theories of branching space-time.
  • Quantum approaches to consciousness. Models of psychosomatic phenomena worked out within the framework of a generalized quantum theory: placebo effect, appearance and development of diseases.


Habilitation in Philosophy of Science
"Entanglement as an organisational principle of phenomena", University Paris-Diderot, Supervisor: Jean-Jacques Szczeciniarz.

PhD in Philosophy (Physics and Cognitive Sciences)
“Conscience et Physique Quantique”, University Paris IV. Supervisor : Daniel Andler.

DEA of Logic and Foundations of Computer Science (Université Paris VII)
Model theory, Demonstration theory, Lambda Calculus, Calculability, Non Classical Logics and Cognitive Science. Dissertation: "La Logique du Temps Indéterministe" (Prof: D. Andler).

Master of Philosophy -option Logic (Université Paris I - Sorbonne). Histoiry and Philosophy of Science, Formal Logic, Computer Science, Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics.

Master of Physics (Université Paris VII- Jussieu).

Main presentations

International conferences

  • Juillet 2018
    (Utrecht, Netherlands) Foundations 2018 (Physics, Philosophy of physics), organized by G. Bacciagaluppi, F. Benedictus, D. Dieks; intervention on "About super-quantum correlations"
  • Juin 2018
    (Paris, France) Symposium ’Measurement at the Crossroads’, organised by N. de Courtenay, Ch. Proust and F. Gregis, laboratory SPHERE, CNRS, UMR 7219; intervention on "From measurement-representation to mesurement as a semantic act".
  • October 2016
    (Capri, Italy) Testing Generalised Entanglement, organised by H. Walach, guest speaker; intervention on "Complementary Emotional Observables".
  • July 2015
    (Filzbach, Switzerland) Quantum Interaction 2015, organized by H. Atmanspacher and T. Filk. "Complementarity in Psychophysics"
  • May 2015
    (University Paris-St Denis) Conference on "The time of things, the substance of time", co-organised by the University Paris-St Denis and the International Society for the Study of Time (ISST).
  • November 2014
    (University Paris-Diderot) Organization and animation of a Workshop on Entanglement:
  • June 2014
    (University of Lille) Vth congress of the Société de Philosophie des Sciences : "La Métaphysique des Sciences"
  • October 2011
    (ENS Paris) colloquium « Time and Emergence », organised by Rémy Lestienne (CNRS) and Claude Debru (ENS), as a guest speaker.
  • July 2011
    (Nancy) : 14th congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, «Quantum Theory beyond Physics»
  • October 2006
    (Schloss Beuggen, Allemagne) Decoherence, Quantum Measurement and the Arrow of Time, organized by the Center of Time (Sydney), IHPST (Paris) and IGPP (Freiburg), as a guest speaker.
  • October 2005
    (University of Krakow, Poland) Branching Space-Times Theories , organized by ESF (European Science Foundation), as a guest speaker.
  • July 2004
    (Clare College, Cambridge, England) Time and Memory, Congress organized by the International Society for the Study of Time (ISST).
  • July 2001
    (Castello di Gargonza, Italy). Congress ISST on Time and Uncertainty

Research seminars

  • "Approches quantiques de la conscience" (Institut Métapsychique International, avril 2018)
  • An experimental approach to the mind-body problem (Cité des Sciences et de l’industrie, LUTIN, march 2018)
  • Quantum formalism, mind-body entanglement and psychosomatic pathology (IHPST, november 2017)
  • Psychophysical Entanglement (Organisation and animation, University Paris-Diderot, SPHERE): (ongoing)
  • Quantum Probabilities: from Physics to the Decision Theory (IHPST, Paris, October 2014)
  • Applications of Quantum Theory Beyond the Material Realm (University Paris-Diderot, SPHERE, 2014)
  • Consciousness and Quantum Physics (ENS 2007 et 2008)
  • Physics, Statistical Information and Algorithmic Complexity (IHPST 2005)
  • A Logic of Physical Time (Sorbonne 1998)
  • The Quantum Logic (seminar of logic, co-organisation, Sorbonne 1997 et IHPST 1997)
  • The Notion of Complexity (seminar Complexity, co-organisation, G. Heuyer 1996)
  • The Dissipative Structures (seminar Complexity, co-organisation, G. Heuyer 1996)
  • Quantum Physics and Reality (G. Heuyer 1995)
  • Thought and Mental Illness (co-organisation, G. Heuyer, 1994-1996)

Main publications


  • Conscience et Physique Quantique, ed. Vrin, coll. Mathesis, (2013).
  • Vers une logique du temps sémantique: irréversibilité mesure-quantique et processus de la représentation, Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, (1998).


  • "Mind-Body Causation : Conceptual and Experimental Advances", Foundations of Science, to be published.
  • "The CHSH test can be used for all quantum-describable systems”, Foundations of Physics, (2020)
  • "Deciding the Mind-Body Problem Experimentally" Axiomathes (2017), Vol 27, 333-354, DOI 10.1007/s10516-016-9320-4
  • "Complementarity in Psychophysics" Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer, Atmanspacher H., Filk T. and Pothos E. eds, Springer, Vol. 9535 : 168-178 (2016)
  • "On the Nature of Psychophysical Correlations" Mind and Matter (2014), Vol 12 (1) : 7-36
  • "The Quantum-like Approach of Psychosomatic Phenomena in Application." Axiomathes (2014), Vol 24 (3): 359-374.
  • "Unité psychosomatique, synchronicité et théorie quantique." Plastir,26 March 2013.
  • "Concepts pour une approche quantique du problème corps-esprit." Implications Philosophiques, 30 January 2013.
  • “A Quantum Approach to the Psychosomatic Phenomenon: Co-Emergence and Time-Entanglement of Mind and Matter”, Kronoscope, the journal of the International Society for the Study of Time, 12:2 (2012) 219-244.
  • "Une approche quantique de la relation corps-esprit" (2), Implications Philosophiques, 30 January 2013
  • "Une approche quantique de la relation corps/esprit" (1), Implications Philosophiques, 12 October 2012.
  • “The Binding Problem in the Light of Quantum Physics” NeuroQuantology 9 n°3 (2011): 547-562.
  • “ Conscience et Physique Quantique ”, Intellectica n° 55 (2011) : 211-240.
  • “ Informational Branching Universe ”, Foundations of Science, 15 n° 1 (2010): 1-28.
  • “ Physique, Information Statistique et Complexité Algorithmique ”, Philosophia Scientiae, 11 n° 1 (2007) : 1–42.
  • “The Arrow of Time and Meaning”, Foundations of Science, 12 n° 2 (2006): 109-137.
  • “A Cognitive Interpretation of the Notion of ‘Uncertainty in Time’ within the Framework of Modern Physics ”, in Harris & Crawford (eds.), Study of Time, vol. XI: “Time and Uncertainty”, Leiden/Boston: Brill, (2002): 204-228.
  • “Analyse du paradoxe de l’irréversibilité et proposition d’une conception inter-subjective du temps. La théorie du temps quantique”, Philosophia Scientiae, 4 n°2 (2004) : 173-187.
  • "Pratique du karaté, katas et logiques du corps”. Che vuoi ? n° 7 (1998): 149-154.

Teaching and Students Supervision

2020- now
Lecturer at the Institut Catholique de Paris (faculty of Philosophy)

  • Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

2017- now
Lecturer at the Institut Catholique de Paris (faculty of Philosophy)

  • Propositional logic, First-order logic

Supervision of 2 doctoral dissertations and 7 master dissertations in Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science, Cognitive Science and Logic

2009- 2010
Lecturer at University Paris 1 (UFR de Philosophie)

  • History and Philosophy of Physics: Study of the foundational principles of Classical Physics, Relativity and Quantum Physics.

Lecturer at University Paris I (UFR de Philosophie, level L2)

  • Philosophy of mind: The mind-body problem. Distinctive features of mental states. Traditional solutions and contemporary approaches. Functionalism. Kim’s exclusion argument and its critics. Phenomenological approach. Study of the founding texts of Alan Turing, Thomas Nagel, John Searle, David Chalmers, Jaegwom Kim, Michel Bitbol and Michael Esfeld.
  • Cognitive Science: Cognitive, Connexionist and Enactive approaches to Cognition. Form-recognition. The Perceptron. Modelling of Reasoning.
  • Turing Machines, Representation of Information, Binary coding, Propositional calculus, Introduction to programmation (Visual Basic).

(course put online).

Since 1995
Fully qualified teacher of Physical Science at the Fondation Santé des Etudiants de France (Heuyer):

  • Teaching of Physical Science, logic and philosophy of science to students in science and philosophy, for different pathways and different levels (DUT, licence, master, paramedical professions, medical science,…). Supervision of students masters in philosophy of science.
  • Head of the laboratory of Physical Science.

Editorial activity

  • Editorial secretary of Lato Sensu, the journal of the Société de Philosophie des Sciences.
  • Member of the editorial board of NeuroQuantology
  • Referee for several international journals of philosophy of science: Journal of Consciousness Studies, Philosophia Scientiae, Axiomathes, Kronoscope, NeuroQuantology, Forschende Komplementärmedizin (journal of alternative medicine), …

Dissemination of knowledge

  • Radio show « La méthode scientifique », France Culture, on Entropy and Irreversibility, february 2020
  • Broadcast of the conference "Approches Quantiques de la conscience" (IMI) on Baglis-TV, may 2018.
  • Scientific expert at the Pariscience Festival (13th edition), around the screening of the movie "When you look away" by Phie Ambo, Auditorium of the Great Gallery of Evolution (National Museum of Natural History), October 2017.
  • TV show on BAGLIS TV: Number, Time and Synchronicity, with Christophe Le Moüel (Executive Director of the C. G. Jung Institute in Los Angeles), interview by Eric Pigani, July 2016.
  • Video recording of the ’Workshop on Entanglement’ organized and animated on 28-29 November 2014; cameraman: Michael Wright (available on demand).
  • Radio show: Interview on the quantum approaches to consciousness. Radio Thésard, March 30, 2010. Organization: David Christoffel.