I am a professor of philosophy of science and head of the Department of
Theoretical Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy of
the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.
My research revolves around probability theory and scientific method.
Topics of specific interest are statistical inference, inductive logic,
formal and social epistemology, and causal and
probabilistic modelling. I have an interest in
general philosophy of science, but most of my work work relates to
methodological problems in specific sciences. I collaborate
wide variety of disciplines in the humanities and the exact, social and
medical sciences, and I provide advice on uncertain reasoning and
social deliberation in judicial and policy contexts.
Some recent and newsworthy facts:
- Recently I was interviewed for national radio, for
an item on statistical inference in science. You can listen to the
interview in Dutch here.
- In the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad I commented on the recent grievance studies hoax. Have a look at the article here.
- In October 2018 the
Department of Theoretical Philosophy hosted the second Perspectives on Scientific Error
conference. Have a look at the splendid program.
- At the PSA,
for which I served as a program committee member, I gave a paper
on epistemic diversity in science, co-authored by Remco Heesen.
research was featured
on the university
web page in April 2018. Notice the picture of the unicorn at
the bottom of the page.
- This year I was elected a
member of the Koninklijke
Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen.
- In the context of the SCOOP program
we are looking for PhD students. See the job
ads for further details.
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. Between 2011 and 2016 I worked on a research
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:
- The department of
Theoretical Philosophy hosted the Formal Epistemology
Workshop in June 2016. Take a look at our wonderful
April 2013 the
department of Theoretical Philosophy hosted a graduate
for PhD students in Logic, Epistemology, Metaphysics, and Philosophy of
Science, Language, and Mind. The event is supported by the OZSW.
- Between 2011 and 2016 I ran a VIDI
with funding 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
- Back in 2012 the Faculty of Philosophy in Groningen
hosted a conference on the Frontiers of Rationality and Decision. The
website of the conference and the
associated research network
can be found here.
- In 2009 I hosted a conference in the Progic conference series.
Have a look at the conference site.
22 November 2018