About

I am a philosopher of science with a particular interest in philosophy of medicine. I am currently completing my PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge (expected Spring 2021). I am also a senior research associate at the Institute for the Future of Knowledge at the University of Johannesburg. Before starting my PhD, I held teaching positions at the University of Johannesburg and the University of Pretoria. 

 

My research employs conceptual analysis, empirical findings, case studies, and the application of formal methods to help solve important practical problems in science. I am specifically interested in conceptual and methodological questions about medical inference, and the intersection of values and epistemic concerns in medical artificial intelligence.  

 

Research

Publications

Forthcoming

2020

"What is Interpretability?" Philosophy & Technology (With Tyler Brunet and Eyal Fisher) 

"Data-dredging Bias" In Catalogue of Bias https://catalogofbias.org/biases/data-dredging-bias/ (with Bennett Holman and John Ioannidis) 

Manuscripts in Preparation

A paper on p-hacking (Revise and Resubmit)

A paper on data-dredging in medical research (Invited Paper)

“Integrating Mechanistic Evidence for Predicting Medical Effectiveness”

 

Talks

Conferences

Nov 2021

“Assessing the Consequences of P-hacking using Expected Utility and the Argument from Inductive Risk.” The 27th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association, Baltimore, USA

Jul 2021

“Integrating Mechanistic Evidence for Predicting Medical Effectiveness.” The 8th Biennial Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice Conference, East Lansing, USA

Aug 2019

“Expected Utility, Inductive Risk, and the Consequences of P-hacking.” Bayes by the Sea Conference, Ancona, Italy

Aug 2019

“Expected Utility, Inductive Risk, and the Consequences of P-hacking.” The 16th International Congress on Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Prague, Czech Republic

Jun 2019

“Inductive Risk, Expected Utility, and the Consequences of P-Hacking in Medical Research.” The 8th Philosophy of Medicine Roundtable, Paris, France

Jun 2019

“Inductive Risk, Expected Utility, and the Consequences of P-Hacking.” The Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science Conference, Vancouver, Canada

Jun 2019

“Etiological, Symptom-Based, and Pathophysiological Approaches to Disease Classification.” The Canadian Philosophy Association Conference, Vancouver, Canada

Jun 2017

“Inductive Risk and Extrapolation in Medicine.” The Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science Conference, Toronto, Canada

May 2017

“Inductive Risk and Extrapolation in Medicine.” The 7th Annual Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology Conference, Dallas, USA

Jan 2014

“A Tracking Theory of Prediction.” The Philosophical Society of Southern Africa Conference, Bloemfontein, South Africa

Teaching

University of Cambridge, Supervisor for Undergraduate Students

2019/20

2018/19

General Philosophy of Science

General Philosophy of Science

2017/18

Philosophy of the Special Sciences

History and Philosophy of Science

Metaphysics and Epistemology

Logic

Philosophy of Science

Logic

University of Pretoria, Fixed-Term Lecturer

2017

2016

2015

2014

Philosophy of Medicine

Philosophy of Science

Philosophy of Medicine

Philosophy of Science

Philosophy of Medicine

Philosophy of Science

Philosophy of Medicine

Philosophy of Science

Moral and Political Philosophy

 
University of Johannesburg, Fixed-Term Lecturer

2016

2015

2014

2013

Engineering Ethics

Engineering Aesthetics

Engineering Ethics

Engineering Aesthetics

Philosophy of Science

Engineering Ethics

Engineering Aesthetics

Philosophy of Mind

Business Ethics and Citizenship

Business Ethics and Citizenship

 

Contact

Adrian Erasmus

Department of History and Philosophy of Science
University of Cambridge
Free School Ln.
Cambridge
CB2 3RE

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