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Jan Sprenger

Professor (professore ordinario)
Center for Logic, Language and Cognition (LLC)
Department of Philosophy and Education
Università degli Studi di Torino (University of Turin)
Palazzo Nuovo
Via Sant'Ottavio 20
10124 Torino

Email: jan.sprenger [at] unito.it
Phone: +39-011-091-8213

Portrait Picture

The Book

I have recently published my first research monograph, jointly with Stephan Hartmann: Bayesian Philosophy of Science (Oxford University Press). If you are interested in the book, there are currently three options how you can get it:

  1. Buy it from a bookseller (official retail price 60 GBP).

  2. Convince your university library to buy the book (much appreciated).

  3. Email me for a pre-final draft, which is not citable, but gives you an idea of the project.

Research Projects

Together with Gustavo Cevolani (IMT Lucca), Carlo Martini (San Raffaele/Milan and Helsinki) and Giovanni Valente (Polytechnic University Milan), I am now directing the PRIN project "From Models to Decisions" (2019--2022), funded by the Italian Research Ministry. It deals with the epistemology of scientific models and the way they support practical decisions. We have launched the project in December 2019. "PRIN" stands, by the way, for the pompous description "project of relevant national interest". Visit the project website!

I am currently working on the project Making Scientific Inferences More Objective" funded by the European Research Council (ERC) (2015--2021). Read a short summary here. Visit the project website!

Short Description

I am Professor of philosophy of science at the Department of Philosophy and Educational Sciences at the University of Turin (settore scientifico-disciplinare: M-FIL/02). I am also affiliated to the interdisciplinary Center for Logic, Language and Cognition (LLC). [CV]

Before coming to Turin, I worked for almost ten years at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, first as an Assistant Professor (2008---13) and then as Full Professor and Director of the research institute TiLPS (2014--17). I obtained my PhD from the University of Bonn for a thesis on the foundations of inductive inference (summa cum laude, 2008) at under the supervision of Professor Andreas Bartels.

My main research area is philosophy of science, with particular interest in statistical inference, scientific objectivity, and formal models of explanation and causation. I am also excited about actual and potential public policy implications of my work.

In my leisure time, I like to play the piano, to listen to music, to do sports (football, rowing, swimming, running, ...), to cook/to eat, to read, and to meet with friends. I am still a quite reasonable chess player and I sometimes play (duplicate) bridge. I write more about my chess activities here. Since my move to Turin, I am also enthusiastic about hiking in the nearby Alps and I regularly go skiing in winter.

I also love travelling. Above a picture from a hiking trip in Australia (2017). More pictures can be found here.


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there are less news than usual. However, the Center for Logic, Language and Cognition (LLC) in Turin, to which I am affiliated, holds a fair amount of (online) research meetings!

The fourth edition of the interdisciplinary workshop "Perspectives on Scientific Error" took place in Castelveccana (Italy) on July 15-19, 2020. Coronavirus notwithstanding!

The "Bayesian Philosophy of Science" book with Stephan Hartmann, summary of 10 years of individual and joint research... Finally it is out!