Frédéric Bouchard has been dean of the faculty of arts and sciences at the Université de Montréal since June 1, 2017, and is a professor in the university’s philosophy department.
Previously, he was deputy vice-rector for research, discovery, creation and innovation at the university from 2015 to 2017, and held the first ÉSOPE chair of philosophy, from 2014 to 2016. He is a member of the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie, and was its director in 2014-15. He was president of the Association francophone pour le savoir from December 2015 to March 2018.
After receiving a bachelor and master’s degree in philosophy from the Université de Montréal, and a PhD in philosophy from Duke University in 2004, Bouchard completed postdoctoral research at the University of Toronto in 2005.
He participates in several organizations involved in research development. He has been chair of the boards of directors of the Érudit consortium and of Les Presses de l'Université de Montréal since 2016. He is also a board member of the Société de philosophie des sciences, a learned society based in Paris, France. He was president of the Canadian Philosophical Association in 2014-15, vice-president of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science from 2013 to 2016, and a member of the board of directors and the audit committee of the Fonds de recherche du Québec–Société et culture from 2012 to 2015.
Through his research and teaching, Bouchard showcases the contributions philosophy makes to scientific research and our understanding of nature, and, conversely, how advances in science can contribute to classical philosophical reflection.