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Jan Sprenger

Professor (professore ordinario)
Center for Logic, Language and Cognition (LLC)
Department of Philosophy and Educational Sciences
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. Some also sell it for less than the list price of 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.

PRIN Project Launched!

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 just launched the project in December 2019. "PRIN" stands, by the way, for the pompous description "project of relevant national interest". Visit the project website!

The ERC Project

I am currently working on the project "Making Scientific Inferences More Objective" funded by the European Research Council (ERC) (2015--2020). My collaborators are Mattia Andreoletti and Federico Boem (postdocs), Noah van Dongen and Michal Sikorski (PhD students). 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. 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.


The University of Turin will host the 2019 edition of the Formal Epistemology Workshop (FEW), from 19-21 June 2019. Click on the workshop website for more details. Submission deadline: 20 January (full papers).

The "Bayesian Philosophy of Science" book with Stephan Hartmann, summary of 10 years of individual and joint research... Finally it is ready! Really. Okay, production will take some time. But you can have the pre-final draft. Just click on the above link. (The publisher has scheduled publication for summer 2019.)

The second edition of the interdisciplinary workshop "Perspectives on Scientific Error" was held in Groningen on October 29-30, 2018, jointly sponsored by the University of Groningen and the ERC project.

As of 1 November 2017, I have left Tilburg after nine exciting and wonderful years. I am now working at the University of Turin in the region of Piemonte, Italy. I am very excited about this move and the numerous opportunities that it brings, such as collaborations in the Center for Logic, Language and Cognition (LLC). Also the ERC project is moving to Turin. Click here for more information about the university.

I have been Visiting Fellow at the University of Sydney in the period February-April 2017, at the research group Theory and Methods in Biosciences, directed by Paul Griffiths. Together with my Sydney and Munich colleagues, I organized the 10th Munich-Sydney-Tilburg Conference on in Philosophy of Science. This year's topic was"Causation and Complexity". I have also been teaching in an intensive course on Formal Methods in Philosophy of Science.