Theoretical Reasoning research cluster

Unit8The 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


PhD students:

  • Erik van Aken: the agency theory of causality. (GTA-funded.)
  • Daniel Auker-Howlett: the quality of mechanistic evidence in medicine. (AHRC-funded.)
  • Virginia Ghiara: big data for causal discovery in the social sciences. (Eastern-Arc-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: Stefan Dragulinescu (Leverhulme-funded), Teddy Groves (AHRC-funded), Ruth Hibbert (GTA-funded), Michael Wilde (GTA-funded), Lorenzo Casini.

Research projects:


  • 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).