The Theoretical Reasoning cluster is a research cluster of the Philosophy Department at the University of Kent. We share an interest in the epistemology and methodology of current science, mathematics and medicine.
Events: Listed here
- David Corfield works in the philosophy of science and mathematics. His interests range from probability theory and physics to psychology and medicine, and he looks both to formal methods and historical narrative to understand disciplinary rationality.
- Graeme Forbes works on time, causation and methodology.
- Yafeng Shan works on scientific method and change and progress in science.
- Michael Wilde works on evidence in medicine and epistemology.
- Jon Williamson works on the philosophy of causality, the foundations of probability, formal epistemology, inductive logic, and the use of causality, probability and inference methods in science and medicine.
- Past staff include Christian Wallmann, Veli-Pekka Parkkinen, Jason Konek, Ruth Hibbert, Juergen Landes, Julien Murzi, Laurence Goldstein, George Darby, Phyllis Illari, Federica Russo.
- Daniel Auker-Howlett: the quality of mechanistic evidence in medicine. (AHRC-funded.)
- James Hoctor: intersubjectivity and cognition in monozygotic twins. (GTA-funded.)
- Patrick Killeen: doxastic voluntarism.
- William Levack-Payne: evidence of mechanisms in sports science. (GTA-funded.)
- Gavin Thomson: homotopy type-theory and the philosophy of mathematics. (AHRC-funded.)
- Past PhD students include: Virginia Ghiara (Inferring causation from big data in the social sciences, Eastern-Arc-funded), Erik van Aken (Causal interactionism, GTA-funded), Stefan Dragulinescu (Grading the Quality of Evidence of Mechanisms, Leverhulme-funded), Teddy Groves (Let’s Reappraise Carnapian Inductive Logic! AHRC-funded), Ruth Hibbert (Situated cognition, GTA-funded), Michael Wilde (Causing problems: The nature of evidence and the epistemic theory of causality, GTA-funded), Lorenzo Casini.
- The Metaphysical Foundation of Evidential Pluralism, BA / Leverhulme Trust 2020-2022.
- Evidential pluralism in the social sciences, Leverhulme Trust 2019-22.
- Evaluating evidence in medicine, AHRC 2015-18.
- Grading evidence of mechanisms in physics and biology, Leverhulme Trust 2015-18.
- Inference and logic (BA 2013-15)
- From objective Bayesian epistemology to inductive logic, (AHRC 2012-15).
- Mechanisms and the evidence hierarchy (AHRC 2012)
- Causality across the levels (BA 2009-11)
- A dialogue on infinity (Templeton, 2008-10)
- Exploitation of Context in Communication (Leverhulme 2008-12)
- In defence of objective Bayesianism (Leverhulme 2007-9)
- The levels of causality (BA 2008)
- Mechanisms and causality (Leverhulme 2007-10)
- progicnet: Probabilistic logic and probabilistic networks (Leverhulme 2006-8)
- caOBNET: Objective Bayesian nets for integrating cancer knowledge: a systems biology approach (2006-11)
- Causality and the interpretation of probability in the social and health sciences (BA 2006)
- The Centre for Reasoning is an interdisciplinary hub for research on reasoning, inference and method at the University of Kent.
- The Reasoner is a monthly gazette on reasoning that we founded.
- The Reasoning Club, is a global network of allied centres, institutes and groups.
- The n-category Café is a blog where the implications for philosophy, mathematics and physics of the exciting new language of higher-dimensional category theory are discussed.
- EBM+ is a consortium of researchers interested in improving the way in which evidence-based medicine handles evidence of mechanisms.
- Causality in the Sciences conference series (CitS).
- Workshops on Combining Probability and Logic (progic).