Jan-Willem Romeijn



“Why science needs philosophy”

Jan-Willem Romeijn (Philosophy RUG)


Asking philosophical questions can help you to become a better scientist, and contribute to revolutionary changes in your field. Through a series of examples from a variety of disciplines, including physics, psychology, and statistics, I will illustrate that insights from philosophy can improve your methods and clarify the assumptions that underpin your own discipline. At the end of the lecture, you will learn to ask fundamental questions about your methods and assumptions, and start a scientific revolution of your own.


Jan-Willem Romeijn is professor of philosophy of science and head of the Department of Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Groningen. His research interests include statistical inference, formal and social epistemology, and general philosophy of science. He studied physics, previously worked at a psychology department, and collaborated with a wide variety of disciplines in the humanities and the natural, social and medical sciences.