The Tilburg Center for Logic, General Ethics, and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS) studies knowledge, reasoning, and value in all their forms. TiLPS researchers investigate questions about scientific reasoning and the knowledge produced by it, but are also very much interested in reasoning in daily life, with the help of ordinary language. What should rational people believe, given the evidence they possess? How do they reason about this and come to acceptable conclusions? What resources do their languages give them to make this possible? This includes questions about how people come to conclusions about facts, but also about values, norms, and actions. Deliberation about what ought to be done, given certain norms and in a particular context, is just as much in focus as careful argumentation about what is in fact the case.
TiLPS offers a Visiting Fellows Program, through which
logicians, ethicists, and philosophers of science reside in Tilburg for several
months. The center also supports a full calendar of events, including regular
research seminars, workshops, conferences and a lecture series.
Jan Sprenger has been awarded a Vidi grant to develop innovative research and build a research group on the project Making scientific inferences more objective (NWO 2014-2019).
The authority of science with the general public depends on the objectivity
of scientific inferences. This research projects rethinks the foundations of
statistical reasoning in order to make scientific inferences more objective.
The René Descartes Lectures 2014 will take place on 20 - 22 October 2014.