Theoretical Reasoning research cluster

Unit8The Theoretical Reasoning cluster is a research cluster of the Philosophy Department at the University of Kent. We take Theoretical Reasoning to encompass formal epistemology as well as inference methods and their application to contemporary mathematics, science 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.
  • Jason Konek works on formal epistemology and decision theory.
  • 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.
  • Ruth Hibbert is an assistant lecturer working on concepts and frameworks in cognitive science and medicine.
  • Veli-Pekka Parkkinen is a postdoctoral researcher working on evidence of mechanisms in physics and biology.
  • Christian Wallmann is a postdoctoral researcher working on evidence in medicine and probabilistic methods.
  • Michael Wilde is a postdoctoral researcher working on evidence in medicine and epistemology.
  • Past staff include Juergen Landes, Julien Murzi, Laurence Goldstein, George Darby, Phyllis Illari, Federica Russo.

PhD students:

  • Erik van Aken: the agency theory of causality. (GTA-funded.)
  • Daniel Auker-Howlett: the quality of mechanistic evidence in medicine. (AHRC-funded.)
  • Stefan Dragulinescu: evidence of mechanisms in physics and biology. (Leverhulme-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.)
  • Gavin Thomson: homotopy type-theory and the philosophy of mathematics. (AHRC-funded.)
  • Past PhD students include: Teddy Groves, Ruth Hibbert, Michael Wilde, Lorenzo Casini.

Current research projects:

Past 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 edit in the department.
  • 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).