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Professor (Philosophy of Science), Department of Philosophy
From 1 November 2017 onwards:
''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.''
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.
I am Professor of Philosophy of Science in the Department of Philosophy at Tilburg University and Scientific Director of the Tilburg Center for Logic, General Ethics and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS). [CV]
My main research area is philosophy of science, and I have been specializing on three subfields: (1) statistical method; (2) scientific objectivity; (3) formal epistemology of science, applied to causation, explanation and scientific argumentation. 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.
As of 1 November 2017, I will leave Tilburg and assume a new position (as professore ordinario) 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 will transfer 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.