Research

My areas of specialisation:

General philosophy of science, philosophy of physics, philosophy of climate science, evidence and philosophy of statistics, philosophy of mathematics

 

My areas of competence:

Logic, formal epistemology, philosophy of biology

 

Current work:

My current work focuses on four themes:

(i) The philosophy of climate science. I am particularly interested in the question how to define climate and climate change, the role of initial conditions in climate models, and practices of confirmation and calibration in climate science. This work is done in the context of two research projects: the AHRC reserach project  "Managing Severe Uncertainty" and the ERSC research project "Managing Climate Risk and Providing Climate Services" at the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy.

(ii) The philosophy of statistical and thermal physics. I am currently working on several papers on topics such as typicality and probability in statistical mechanics, equilibrium and the approach to equilbrium, and the connection between Boltzmannian and Gibbsian statistical mechanics (some of these papers are collaborations with Dr Roman Frigg).

(iii) Evidence and the philosophy of statistics. I am currently working on several papers on Bayesianism and model selection theory (some of these papers are collaborations with Dr Katie Steele).

(iv) General philosophy of science: here I am particularly interested in determinism, indeterminism, underdetermination and confirmation. sssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

Media and Videos about my Research

Interview on Uncertainty in Climate Science in the Presse (in German).

Interview on Philosophy of Climate Science in the Salzburger Nachrichten (in German).

Interview on the Limits of Predictability in Climate Science in the Presse (in German).

Interview on the Philosophy of Climate Science in the Salzburger Fenster (in German).

Interview with the Swiss Centre for Technology Assessment about evidence and values (in German).

Interview on the Philosophy of Climate Science in the Reasoner, Volume 8, Number 19.

Interview with the Presse am Sonntag (in German).

Videostream of my talk "Calibration and Confirmation in Climate Science"

Videostream of my talk "How Should Climate and Climate Change be Defined"?

A short video about my research on chaos and unpredictability

A short video about the MSc in Philosophy of Science at the London School of Economics