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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 interviewed for the Dutch newspaper ``Trouw'' in the issue of January 10, 2014. Unfortunately, the article is not available online.

As of January 1, 2014, I am Professor of Philosophy of Science and Scientific Director of the Tilburg Center for Logic, General Ethics and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS).

I have recently interviewed Clark Glymour for The Reasoner. Read Clark's exciting and thought-provoking answers here.

A forthcoming paper of mine (''The No Alternative Argument'', with Richard Dawid and Stephan Hartmann) has been dicussed in The Guardian (May 4, 2013).

Short Description

I am Professor of Philosophy of Science (''hoogleraar wetenschapsfilosofie'') 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 rational choice theory, with special attention to group decision-making. Broader academic interests include the philosophy of the natural sciences, decision theory, epistemology, philosophy of language, and music aesthetics.

In my leisure time, I like to read, to play the piano, to play football [sic!], to indulge into cooking and eating, and to meet with friends. I am still a quite reasonable chess player, and recently, I have become addicted to the wonderful game of (duplicate) bridge.

I have just completed a VENI project funded by the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO), worth € 250.000. This generous support allowed me to teach only as much as I want and to mainly focus on a research project on theory- vs. data-based statistical methods. Click here for more details.

To see a recent holiday picture of mine, click here.