Henri Stephanou

After twenty years in business, I now spend two thirds of my time researching topics in philosophy of science and technology. I am currently PhD candidate under the direction of Pr. Pierre Wagner, at IHPST (Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology), a lab of Paris-1 University Panthéon-Sorbonne / CNRS.

Graduate from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, agrégé in Philosophy, I worked 15 years at the Boston Consulting Group, where I was Managing Partner and Director, and 5 years at Essilor, where I was Chief Operating Officer of the European Unit.


« "Cette bonne vieille intelligence artificielle" : désuétude et survivance de l’hypothèse computationnelle de l’esprit ». ("Good-old Fashioned Artificial Intelligence": abandonment and Survival of the Computational Hypothesis of the Mind). Philosophia Scientiæ, 26, nᵒ 1 (2022): 3‑21.

Technique et Méthode chez Aristote (Art and Method in Aristotle). Revue de Philosophie Ancienne, 39, n°1 (2021): 25-70. DOI : 10.3917/rpha.391.0025.

About the “Trinity Thesis” Regarding the Ontology of Computer Programs. Philosophy & Technology, 33, no 2 (2020): 323‑30. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13347-019-00368-5.

Conference Communications

Techne between Theory and Practice: A survey, from Aristotle to Kant. June 2021, SPT Conference. (Society for the Philosophy of Technology - UTC Compiègne - Université Catholique de Lille).

Working Procedures and IT procedures. Foundations of a complex relationship. Février 2021, séminaire HEPIC, IHPST - Université de Paris-1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

The two sides of Design and Implementation. October 2019, HAPOC Conference (History and Philosophy of Computing), Bergamo.

Declarative and procedural knowledge. August 2019, 16th CLMPST (Conference for the Logic, Method and Philosophy of Science and Technology), Prag.

Epistemic Opacity and Understanding. November 2018, 4th SAS Conference (Science and Art of Simulation), Stuttgart.

Programs as Tools of Knowledge. February 2018, HAPOC Conference (History and Philosophy of Computing), Oxford.









Member of the Council and Treasurer of the Commission for the History and Philosophy of Computing (HAPOC)

Active Member of french National Agency Research project PROGRAMme, directed by Liesbeth de Mol (CNRS).

University of Paris-1 Panthéon Sorbonne. Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology.

PhD Candidate, under the direction of Pierre Wagner: "Is programming a form of knowledge?" ("La programmation informatique est-elle une forme de connaissance?")

Essilor. Chief Operating Officer Europe, in charge of production, logistics, IT, Finance and HR.

Boston Consulting Group. Consultant and afterwards Managing Partner and Director at the Paris Office.

Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris. Agrégation de Philosophie, 1996.

Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau.