Talks and films
Research project on single
This research project targets the concept of chance: numbers between 0
and 1 that can be assigned to events and that do not express a shaky
personal opinion, but rather an objective characteristic of the events
themselves. In the project we investigate how chances relate to the,
often deterministic, mechanisms underlying the events, thereby
contributing to debates over the reference class problem, randomness,
and reductionism. Additionally, the research will help to improve the
statistical methods by which we can determine chances, especially in
the area of model selection and causal modelling using Bayesian
networks. Next to my own research the project funds two PhD students.
More information can be found on the project page.
Next to Ronnie Hermens and Patryk Dziurosz-Serafinowicz, the two
students working in my VIDI-project,
I supervise a number of PhD students.
Research network on
rationality and decision
- In 2015 Max Bialek joined
the Department of Theoretical Philosophy. Max is also a graduate
student at the University of Maryland at College Park.
- Since 2014 I am working with Marta Sznajder on a project in inductive logic and conceptual spaces. Marta is also a PhD student at the MCMP of the LMU in Munich.
- Since 2014 Ot de Wiljes
is a PhD students on a project supersised by Fred Keijzer, while I act
as his promotor. Ot works on computational models of nervous systems,
as a topic in theoretical biology and in the philosophy of mind.
- Since 2013 Tom Sterkenburg is a PhD students on a project jointly supervised by Peter Grunwald and myself. He works on a philosophical appraisal and a further development of Solomonoff's theory of universal prediction.
- In 2012 Pieter van
der Kolk joined our department. He is writing a PhD thesis on
rational disagreement among epistemic peers and argues in favour of
- From 2011 until 2015 Franziska Köder
was a PhD student at the Department for Theoretical Philosophy,
supervised by Emar Maier and Petra Hendriks. I have a formal role as
- From 2011 until 2015 I co-supervised the thesis of Hanna van
Loo. She works in the groups of Robert Schoevers and Peter de Jonge,
both at the Faculty of Medical Science. Her research concerns the
epidemiology and conceptual foundations of mental disorders,
- From 2009 until 2012 I collaborated with Rogier Kievit,
who works in the group of Denny
Borsboom. We investigated the use of measurement models
for giving empirical content to positions in the reductionism debate.
- Between 2007 and 2010 I was co-supervisor of
Rens van de Schoot, who works in the group of
Herbert Hoijtink from Utrecht University on the project
Learning More from Empirical Data Using Prior Knowledge.
Our models for theoretical rationality in reasoning have seen major
changes and additions in recent years: logicians have taken a dynamic
turn, and probabilists have discovered network tools and new
representations of uncertainty. In 2009 Olivier Roy and I won a research
to hold a series of workshop with a European network of
experts. We have held a number of workshops and completed two special
issues, one of Erkenntnis and one of Economics and Philosophy.
More on the project can be found here.
Between 2007 and 2010 Rolf Haenni, Greg Wheeler, and Jon Williamson and
I formed the research group Progicnet.
We have produced a joint book about combining probabilistic reasoning
and logic, which came out in 2010 in the Synthese library. We also form
the steering committee of the Progic
conferences. Follow the link to see the full list of
conferences. See Progic
2009 for the workshop in Groningen.