Faculty and Staff

Soazig Le Bihan

Prof. of Philosophy, Director of the Prelaw Program, Co-Director of Graduate Studies


LA 149
(406) 243 6233
(406) 243-4076
Office Hours

Fall 2022:

Class-related issues: Walk-in Office Hours, Mondays, 1:30-2:30, LA 153. 

Pre-Law Advising: On Zoom. Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30 and Fridays 2:30-6:00. Please schedule an appointment on Navigate: https://umt.campus.eab.com/pal/3mvNN-rH3x

Pre-Law advising appointments will take place in the Pre-Law Advising Zoom room: 



Personal Summary

My research has long focused on the philosophy of physics, especially the philosophy of quantum physics, as well as on modeling, especially in physics and ecology.  Recently, I have become interested in issues regarding the relationship between science and values.

I regularly teach classes in the philosophy of science, the foundations of ecology, modern philosophy, and philosophy of law.

I am committed to develop as a public philosopher, which is a little bit of a big name to designate those of us who try to reach out to a larger audience. Check out my public outreach page if you are interested.

I am also the director of the Pre-Law Program at the University of Montana. I get to help and mentor some of the most wonderful human beings I have known doing so. Please go to the UM Pre-Law Program website for more information.

Finally, if you would like a little bit of background, feel free to check out my personal story.


  • Ph.D. Philosophy: University of Nancy and Bielefeld University
  • Ecole Normale Supérieure Alumna
  • B.S. Fundamental Physics: University of Paris VI, Jussieu.
  • DEA, Philosophy, Université Sorbonne -- Paris IV
  • Maîtrise, Philosophy, Université Nanterre -- Paris X 
  • B.A. Philosophy, Université Sorbonne -- Paris I 

Courses Taught

PHL 110E Introduction to Engaged Ethics (online, service component) 

PHL 262Y Modern Philosophy

PHL 317E Law and Morality

PHL 319E Law and Discrimination

PHL 448/548 Philosophy and Animals

PHL 508 Philosophy of Law

PHL510 Philosophy Colloquium 

HONR 391 Pre-Law Seminar 



Field of Study

  • Philosophy of science
  • Philosophy of physics
  • Philosophy of ecology
  • Philosophy of law

Selected Publications

  • (work in progress) Modal Understanding
  • (work in progress) Understanding Robustness, the Moday Way. 
  • (under review) Understanding Theoretical Ecological Models 
  • (2019) Partial truth versus felicitous falsehoodsSynthese. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-019-02413-4
  • (2017) Epistemically Detrimental Dissent: Contingent Enabling Factors vs Stable Different Makers. Philosophy of Science (with Iheanyi Amadi) 
  • (2017) Enlightening Falsehood: A modal view of scientific understanding. In Explaining Understanding: Perspectives From Epistemology and Philosophy of Science, ed. by Grimm, Stephen R., Christoph Baumberger, and Sabine Ammon, Routledge. 
  • (2014), How Understanding Matters – Or not. in Probing the Meaning of Quantum Mechanics: Physical, Philosophical, Mathematical, and Logical Perspectives, ed. by C. de Ronde, S. Aerts, D. Aerts, World Scientific. pp. 127-42
  • (2013) Précis de Philosophie de la Physique, Vuibert.
  • (2011) "Defending the Semantic View: What it Takes," European Journal for Philosophy of Science, 2(3) (2011): 249-274.
  • (2009) "Fine's Ways to Fail to Secure Local Realism," Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 40(2) (2009): 142-150.

Honors / Awards

  • 2022. Davidson Honors College Promoting Intellectual Engagement (PIE) Award.
  • 2021. Davidson Honors College Promoting Intellectual Engagement (PIE) Award.
  • 2021. Sustainability Award 
  • 2020. Davidson Honors College Promoting Intellectual Engagement (PIE) Award.
  • 2019. Davidson Honors College Promoting Intellectual Engagement (PIE) Award.
  • 2017. Outstanding Faculty Advising Award.
  • 2016. Merit Increase. University of Montana.
  • 2016. Invited Professor, LabeX TransferS, Equippe république des savoirs, Ecole normale supérieure, Paris.
  • 2014. Merit Increase. University of Montana.
  • 2013. International Activity Grant. University of Montana.
  • 2012. Student Affairs Faculty Award. University of Montana.
  • 2011. Visiting Fellow: Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2011. Faculty Professional Enhancement Grant. University of Montana.
  • 2011. Merit Increase. University of Montana.
  • 2006-2008. Sawyier Predoctoral Fellowship. Illinois Institute of Technology.
  • 2005. DAAD Fellowship.
  • 2005. Fellowship Université Franco-Allemande.
  • 2004-2005. Graduate Fellowship. Bielefeld University.
  • 2004. Huguette Delavault Fellowship. Association des Femmes Françaises Diplomées de l’Université.
  • 2004. Conference Expenses Graduate Fellowship. 13th UK Meeting on the Foundations of Physics, York.
  • 2003. Travel Grant. Comité National de Philosophie et d’Histoire des Sciences, LMPS, Congress, Oviedo.
  • 2002-2005. Mobility Graduate Fellowship “co-tutelle de thèse”. European Union.
  • 2001-2002. Jane Eliza Procter Visiting Fellowship. Princeton University.