Jan-Willem Romeijn
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About me
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 with a 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.
  • My 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.

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. Between 2011 and 2016 I worked 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:

  • The department of Theoretical Philosophy hosted the Formal Epistemology Workshop in June 2016. Take a look at our wonderful conference poster!
  • In April 2013 the department of Theoretical Philosophy hosted 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.
  • Between 2011 and 2016 I ran a VIDI project 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 brief description.
  • 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.
Last updated
22 November 2018