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Jan Sprenger

Professor (professore ordinario)
Center for Logic, Language and Cognition (LLC)
Department of Philosophy and Educational Sciences
Università degli Studi di Torino (University of Turin)
Palazzo Nuovo
Via Sant'Ottavio 20
10124 Torino

Email: jan.sprenger [at] unito.it
Phone: +39-011-091-8213

Portrait Picture

''El tipo puede cambiar de todo: de cara, de casa, de familia, de novia, de religión, de Dios... pero hay una cosa que no puede cambiar, Benjamín... no puede cambiar de pasión.''

The ERC Project

I am currently working on the project "Making Scientific Inferences More Objective" funded by the European Research Council (ERC) (2015--2020). My collaborators are Felipe Romero (postdoc), Noah van Dongen and Michal Sikorski (PhD students). Read a short summary here. The homepage of the project is http://msio.wordpress.com.

Short Description

I am Professor of philosophy of science at the Department of Philosophy and Educational Sciences at the University of Turin. I am also affiliated to the interdisciplinary Center for Logic, Language and Cognition (LLC). [CV]

My main research area is philosophy of science, with particular interest in statistical inference, scientific objectivity, and formal models of explanation and causation. I am also excited about actual and potential public policy implications of my work. Before coming to Tilburg, I completed a Ph.D. on the foundations of inductive inference (summa cum laude, 2008) at the University of Bonn under the supervision of Professor Andreas Bartels.

In my leisure time, I like to play the piano, to listen to music, to play football [sic!], to indulge into cooking and eating, and to meet with friends. I am still a quite reasonable chess player and sometimes play (duplicate) bridge.

I also love travelling. Above a picture from my 2017 summer holiday in Istria, while visiting a wine cellar. More pictures can be found here.


Vincenzo Crupi (Turin) and I will organize the 11th Munich-Sydney-Tilburg/Turin (MuST) conference "Models of Explanation" in Turin, 11--13 June 2018. Stay tuned for more news!

As of 1 November 2017, I have left Tilburg after nine exciting and wonderful years. I am now working at the University of Turin in the region of Piemonte, Italy. I am very excited about this move and the numerous opportunities that it brings, such as collaborations in the Center for Logic, Language and Cognition (LLC). Also the ERC project is moving to Turin. Click here for more information about the university.

The "Bayesian Philosophy of Science" book with Stephan Hartmann, summary of 10 years of individual and joint research... Finally it is ready! Really. Okay, almost. But you can have the pre-final draft. Just send me an email. And don't forget to buy it when it will appear at some point in 2018.

The interdisciplinary workshop "Perspectives on Scientific Error" held in Tilburg on June 26-27, 2017, and sponsored by the ERC project, has been a resounding success! Thanks to all participants and especially to the invited speakers: Daniel Lakens, Edouard Machery, Barbara Osimani, and Eric-Jan Wagenmakers.

I have been Visiting Fellow at the University of Sydney in the period February-April 2017, at the research group Theory and Methods in Biosciences, directed by Paul Griffiths. Together with my Sydney and Munich colleagues, I organized the 10th Munich-Sydney-Tilburg Conference on in Philosophy of Science. This year's topic was"Causation and Complexity". I have also been teaching in an intensive course on Formal Methods in Philosophy of Science.