Benoît Hogedez

Doctoral Student in Practical Philosophy at University of Sherbrooke


Formerly a health professional in France (physiotherapist), Benoît is now working as a hypnotherapist in Montreal. He is also involved in research in epistemology through his doctoral studies of Practical Philosophy at the University of Sherbrooke under the supervision of François Claveau.

His research focuses on the theme of alternative and complementary medicines (manual therapies and “mind-body” practices). His project includes two main areas of investigation:

  • Epistemology: to understand the conception of rationality underlying this type of alternative medicine.
  • Social epistemology: to identify the epistemic status of alternative medicines in evidence-based Western health care systems. It is also an opportunity for him to question the values of the current health system and its epistemic authority. He wishes to reflect on the challenges shared by these two systems and on the possible evolution of opposition, integrative medicine and pluralism..

To address these issues, Benoît will apply a qualitative methodological field approach guided by the energy of curiosity to report on the richness provided by encounters with health professionals, patients, biomedical researchers and health philosophers.


  • Ph. D. Student in Practical Philosophy. University of Sherbrooke, Canada (2019–2023)
  • University degree in medicine, neuroscience and meditation. University from Strasbourg, France (2019–2020).
  • Master 2 Philosophy, culture and health. Jean Moulin University, Lyon, (2017–2018).
    • Research Work: Epistemology of Osteopathy: Commensurability and Effectiveness
  • University degree in therapeutic and medical hypnosis. University of Medicine, Grenoble Alpes (2016–2017).
  • Master’s degree in Science, Technology, Health, Sport, Health, Society. University of Grenoble Alpes, UFR APS (2015–2016).
    • Research Work: Representation of the Therapeutic Alliance by Physiotherapists
  •  State diploma of physiotherapist. IFMK, Rennes, France (2002–2005).
  • Scientific baccalaureate. Lycée Francois 1er, Le Havre (1998–2001).

Peer-reviewed publication

  • « Oral communications », Physiotherapy, the Review, 19 (206): 43-95, ISSN 1779-0123
  • Hogedez and N. Gaudreault, « Complementary and alternative medicines in the Evidence-based medicine system. A philosophical study of osteopathy », Ethics, Medicine and Public Health, Volume 8, 2019, Pages 156–166, ISSN 2352–5525,

Publication for the general public

  • « Efficace,l’ostéopathie? » University of Sherbrooke (2019).
  • « Prevention de l’épaule douloureuse du surfeur » (2019).


  • Speaker at the 87th ACFAS Congress: « How Alternatives Medicines do they seem effective? Reasonable discernment in the service of patients and therapists. A philosophical study of osteopathy » (2019).
  • Speaker at the Journées francophones de la kinésithérapie: « Représentation de l’alliance thérapeutique chez les masseurs-kinésthérapeutes français » (2019).
  • INCAM Congress, Montreal, Poster presentation: « Epistemology of osteopathy: A philosophical approach » (2018).



  • Doctoral Support Fellowship Program in Practical Philosophy, 2019–2023, University of Sherbrooke.


This content has been updated on September 20th, 2020 at 20 h 34 min.