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The Scientific Approach to Epistemology

Roland Poellinger, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) visited Professor Jan-Willem Romeijn, Head of the Department of Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, from April to May, 2017.

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When I was making plans to spend an intense research visit abroad in Spring 2017, there would not have been a better place for me than Groningen: What unites philosophers in Munich and Groningen is a strong focus on formal methods and Bayesian reasoning. In much of my work, Bayesian networks are the means of choice. Using such nets, I have looked at causal decision theory and paradox in causal reasoning. I developed ideas for integrating causal and non-causal knowledge in an extension of the Bayes net framework, and more recently I have become highly interested in using Bayes nets for reconstructing analogical arguments in science and for making explicit…

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