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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

In 2019, I published my first (but hopefully not last) 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 Ministry of University and Research. 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 "project of relevant national interest". Visit the project website!

In September 2021, I was, together with my colleague Vincenzo Crupi, one of the two main local organizers of the EPSA21 Conference.

Until August 2021, I was Principal Investigator of the ERC 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 Logic and Philosophy of Science at the Department of Philosophy and Education at the University of Turin and affiliated to the interdisciplinary Center for Logic, Language and Cognition (LLC) of the university. [click here for my 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. Recently, I have also been doing work in logic and formal semantics.

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.