Fakultät für Philosophie, Wissenschaftstheorie
Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP)
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With a background in logic and philosophy of science I am particurarly interested in scientific reasoning with a focus on causal inference and foundations of probability. I am a member of the ERC project group "Philosophy of Pharmacology: Safety, Statistical Standards and Evidence Amalgamation". In 2016 I am teaching topics from the philosophy of causality and formal epistemology (at LMU Munich) as well as causal reasoning in Bayesian networks (at the Forum for Artificial Intelligence Research, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa). In the past years I have organized several workshops and conferences in various places (Munich, New York, Pécs etc.); find more details in my academic CV (see below). An additional focus of my work is in science communication. Some of my projects in that field are documented on the MCMP media page.
My research centers around formal epistemology and philosophy of science, causal modeling, the metaphysics of causation, causal paradox, conditionals, Bayesian reasoning and Bayesian networks, foundations of probability, as well as algorithmical aspects of classical and philosophical logic. I have a background in logic, computational linguistics, automata theory, databases, object oriented programming, and cognitive linguistics. In my doctoral thesis (2012) I extend the Bayes net interventionist account of causality to allow for causal inference (explanation and prediction) from causal and non-causal knowledge. More recently, I have started working on the application of causal inference methods to problems of risk assessment in pharmacological research.