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Jan Sprenger

Professor (Philosophy of Science), Department of Philosophy

Scientific Director, Tilburg Center for Logic, General Ethics and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS)

Tilburg University
PO Box 90153
5000 LE Tilburg
The Netherlands

Tel: +31 13 466 3281
Email: j.sprenger [please insert the at sign] tilburguniversity.edu

''El tipo puede cambiar de todo: de cara, de casa, de familia, de novia, de religión, de Dios... pero hay una cosa que no puede cambiar, Benjamín... no puede cambiar de pasión.''


I have been awarded a five-year Vidi grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), worth € 800.000. The topic of the project is "Making Scientific Inferences More Objective". Read a short summary here.

My paper (''The No Alternative Argument'', with Richard Dawid and Stephan Hartmann) has been featured in the Oxford University Press Blog and the newspaper The Guardian (May 4, 2013).

I have been interviewed for the Dutch newspaper "Trouw" in the issue of January 10, 2014. Unfortunately, the article is not available online.

Short Description

I am Professor of Philosophy of Science in the Department of Philosophy at Tilburg University and Scientific Director of the Tilburg Center for Logic, General Ethics and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS). [CV]

Before coming to Tilburg, I completed a Ph.D. in philosophy (summa cum laude, 2008) at the University of Bonn under the supervision of Professor Andreas Bartels. My thesis dealt with foundations of inductive and statistical inference. In the meantime, I have published a number of journal articles and book contributions, and given a lot of talks at international conferences.

My main research area is philosophy of science, with special focus on statistical methodology and the role of models in scientific inference. But I am also working in formal epistemology and group decision-making.

In my leisure time, I like to play the piano, to listen to music, to play football [sic!], to indulge into cooking and eating, and to meet with friends. I am still a quite reasonable chess player and sometimes play (duplicate) bridge.

I also love travelling. Some holiday pictures can be found here.