I am professor of philosophy of science at the Faculty of Philosophy
of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.
Some recent and upcoming events:
- Together with Michela Massimi I am co-chairing the programme committee for the 2015 conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA).
- I organized a symposium about "Learning from Others" at the upcoming PSA conference in Chicago. Other speakers are Richard Bradley, Denis Bonnay, Mikael Cozik, and Olivier Roy.
- In October I comment on, and present joint work with, Hannes Leitgeb during his Descartes lectures.
- This year I will again offer philosophy lectures to judges and public prosecutors. The theme of the lectures is "Group deliberation".
My research revolves around probability theory and scientific method.
Topics of specific interest are statistical inference, inductive logic,
model selection, logical and probabilistic reasoning, causal and
probabilistic modelling, and experimentation. I have an interest in
general philosophy of science, but most of my work work relates to
methodological and metaphysical problems in specific sciences,
primarily physics and psychology. In 2010 I won a VIDI
from the Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research (NWO) for a
research project on single-case chance. Have a look at the page of the
project for a
I studied at Utrecht University, where I graduated cum laude in both
physics and philosophy. After that I worked as a financial consultant
for two years. From 2000 to 2004 I worked on a doctorate in philosophy
at the University of Groningen, for which I graduated cum laude in
2005. The first two years after that I lectured in philosophy of
science and statistics at the Psychology Department of the University
of Amsterdam. Until 2009 I carried out a research project on the
intersection of cognitive psychology and philosophy of science in the
University of Groningen. Since 2011 I work on a research project
concerning single-case chance and statistics. More information can be
found in my CV
and in my list
of publications, presentations, and outreach.
Here are links to some tv-appearances and filmed lectures:
- In February
2010 I won the university-wide Lecturer
of the Year Awards. Have a look
at my 7-minute
lecture on Reasoning with
Probabilities. (Downloading Silverlight
normally takes only a few seconds.)
- In July 2011 I gave a
presentation on frequentism and
chance at the Ludwig-Maximilians university in Munich. My presentation
was filmed and can be found among the many other MCMP presentations here.
- In October 2010 the
local television network TV-Noord
dedicated an edition of their science programme Adamsappel to
probability and statistics. Enjoy the interview
with footage from the casino and the racing track.
- In the autumn of 2009 I appeared on local television to talk about the direction of time. Have a look at Adamsappel
and fast forward to 6:40 minutes, which is where the part on the
philosophy of time starts.
Selected links that once were news:
August 29 to 31st 2012 the Faculty of Philosophy in Groningen
hosted a conference on the Frontiers of Rationality and Decision. The
conference website can be found here.
- From April 18 to 20 of 2013 the
department of Theoretical Philosophy is hosting a graduate
for PhD students in Logic, Epistemology, Metaphysics, and Philosophy of
Science, Language, and Mind. The event is supported by the OZSW.
- Together with Olivier
Roy I organised a workshop on
radical uncertainty at the Munich
Centre for Mathematical Philosophy in January 2012. The presentations
were filmed and are available on the web through here.