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

Some recent and upcoming events:

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.

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.

News from the past
Selected links that once were news:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.