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
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
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.