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Research

Research of the Department of Theoretical Philosophy

Research in the Department of Theoretical Philosophy extends over a wide area: epistemology (Peijnenburg, Romeijn, Henderson), philosophy of science (Romeijn, Tamminga, Henderson), logic (Kooi, Tamminga), theory of argumentation (van Laar, Peijnenburg), philosophy of mind (Keijzer, Tamminga), philosophy of language (Maier), and philosophy of physics (Friederich, Henderson).

The members of Theoretical Philosophy are engaged not only in the philosopher’s core business, viz. conceptual analysis and explication, but they also use methods taken from the empirical and the formal sciences. Thus philosophy of mind is intimately bound up with biology, psychology and the cognitive sciences in general, whereas philosophy of science is concerned with statistical and other methods in physics and the social sciences. Furthermore, mathematical and other formal methods are not restricted to logic, but are also employed in epistemology, philosophy of language, and argumentation theory.

An exchange of ideas and research results over the years has generated an increasing degree of convergence in research themes. Three topics deserve especial mention. First, several group members’ work bears on the study of agency . This ranges from a study of underlying biological processes to the development of logics in multi-agent contexts. A second theme consists in cognition ; and here, too, the range is extensive, from very minimal forms of cognition (studied by our philosophers of mind) to sophisticated higher-order cognition, in which agents know that other agents know that they know that p (studied by our logicians). Finally, many group members are involved in the analysis and explication of probability , addressing problems related to confirmation, objective chance, the reference class, the dynamics of reasoning with uncertain information, and fallacies in probabilistic arguments.

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