Jan-Willem Romeijn
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About me
I am professor of philosophy of science at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

Some recent
news items and upcoming events:

  • Recently I was interviewed for local radio about science and how it shapes our world. Listen to the interview here.
  • Together with Michela Massimi and Gerhard Schurz I am editing the proceedings of the 2015 conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA).
  • The department of Theoretical Philosophy is hosting the Formal Epistemology Workshop in June 2016. Take a look at our wonderful conference poster!
  • In conjunction to FEW2016 we will host a Chance Encounter on the epistemology and metaphysics of chance.
  • 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 grant 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 brief description.

Short biography
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.

Selected links that once were news:

  • With Michela Massimi I co-chaired the programme committee of the fifth conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association in Düsseldorf.
  • From April 18 to 20 of 2013 the department of Theoretical Philosophy is hosting a graduate conference on theoretical philosophy, for PhD students in Logic, Epistemology, Metaphysics, and Philosophy of Science, Language, and Mind. The event is supported by the OZSW.
  • From 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.
  • 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.