Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences
Pittsburgh Center for Philosophy of Science

Reassessing Responsibility: Why Knowing What One Is Doing Matters (University of Kent-based British Academy project)

The Geography of Philosophy Project

Research Associates

Senior Research Associate: Martin Kusch is professor of philosophy at the University of Vienna. His areas of research are general philosophy of science and technology, philosophy of the social sciences, social epistemology, nineteenth- and early-twentieth century German philosophy, and the sociology of knowledge. Before joining the Vienna department he taught at the University of Cambridge (1997-2009) and the University of Edinburgh (1991-1997). His book publications include: Language as Calculus versus Language as Universal Medium (Kluwer 1989), Foucault's Strata and and Fields (Kluwer 1991), Psychologism (Routledge 1995), Psychological Knowledge (Routledge 1998), The Shape of Actions (with Harry Collins, MIT Press 1999), Knowledge by Agreement (Oxford 2002), and A Sceptical Guide to Meanings and Rules (Acumen 2006). Between 2014 and 2019 he is principal investigator of a project, entitled "The Emergence of Relativism", funded by an Advanced Grant by the European Research Council. He is currently working on two books: a study of Wittgenstein's contribution to epistemology, and a defence of epistemic relativism. 

Mathew Mercuri completed his PhD in Health Research Methods at McMaster University (Hamilton, Canada), and a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Medicine at Columbia University (New York, USA).  He is currently an Assistant Professor at McMaster University and is pursuing additional graduate training in the Philosophy of Science at the University of Toronto (Canada).  Dr Mercuri's research program examines the organization of health care services and methodological issues in the study of medical practice variations .  He is also interested in the Philosophy of Medicine, in particular the notion of causation as it relates to the clinician and patient understanding of therapeutic effectiveness, how the clinical science community generates evidence of therapeutic effect, so-called "rules" for evidence appraisal (i.e. the Evidence Based Medicine "evidence hierarchy"), and how different kinds of evidence are integrated into patient care management decisions.

Jan-Willem Romeijn is a professor of philosophy of science at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. His research revolves around probability theory and scientific method. Topics of specific interest are statistical inference, inductive logic, model selection, logical and probabilistic reasoning, causal and probabilistic modelling, and experimentation. Romeijn has an interest in general philosophy of science, but most of his work work relates to methodological and metaphysical problems in specific sciences, primarily physics and psychology. In 2010 he won a VIDI grant from the Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research (NWO) for a research project on single-case chance. 

Jacob Stegenga is a University Lecturer in philosophy of science. His research focuses on methodological problems of medical research, conceptual questions in evolutionary biology, and fundamental topics in reasoning and rationality. Stegenga's present work is culminating in a book titled Medical Nihilism, in which he argues that if we attend to the extent of bias in medical research, the thin theoretical basis of many interventions, the malleability of empirical methods in medicine, and if we employ our best inductive framework, then our confidence in medical interventions ought to be low. His research employs empirical findings, analysis, and formal methods to establish normative conclusions about science.
Before coming to Cambridge, Stegenga taught at University of Utah and University of Victoria, and was a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Toronto. He received his PhD from the University of California San Diego.

Sridhar Venkatapuram is an academic practitioner in the field of global health equity.  He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Global health and Philosophy at King's College London (KCL).  He joined KCL in 2013 to establish an inter-disciplinary graduate programme in Global Health & Social Justice.  His research and expertise is in global/public health, social epidemiology, human rights, health ethics, and political philosophy.  He aims to bridge normative reasoning, particularly about social and global justice, with relevant natural and social sciences related to human health.  Sridhar's academic training includes degrees in international relations (Brown), public health (Harvard), sociology (Cambridge) and political philosophy (Cambridge).  His doctoral dissertation making the argument for a moral/human right to 'the capability to be healthy' was supervised by Melissa Lane (Princeton), and examined and passed without corrections by Amartya Sen (Harvard), Nobel prize winning economist and philosopher.  It formed the basis of his first book titled Health Justice: An argument from the capabilities approach published by Polity Press. 

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