About

I am a philosopher of science with a particular interest in philosophy of medicine. I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Alabama and Assistant Director of the McCollough Institute for Pre-medical Scholars. I am also an Associate at Durham University's Centre for Philosophy of Epidemiology, Medicine and Public Health and a Research Associate at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Johannesburg. I completed my PhD at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge and, before that, held teaching positions at the Departments of Philosophy 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, the intersection of values and epistemic concerns in medical artificial intelligence, and the questions about scientific interpretation. 

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Research

Publications

Forthcoming

2022

2021

2021

2020

​The Bias Dynamics Model: Correcting for Meta-Biases in Therapeutic Prediction. Philosophy of Science

Interpretability and Unification. Philosophy & Technology (with Tyler D.P. Brunet) [link]

Data-dredging bias. BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine (with Bennett Holman and John Ioannidis) [link]

What is Interpretability? Philosophy & Technology (with Tyler D.P. Brunet and Eyal Fisher) [link]

Data-dredging Bias. In Catalogue of Bias  (with Bennett Holman and John Ioannidis) [link]

 

Talks

Conferences

The Bias Dynamics Model: Correcting for Meta-biases in Therapeutic Prediction

The 28th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association, Nov 2022, Pittsburgh, USA

University of Cambridge Philosophy of Medicine Research Group, Oct 2022, Cambridge, UK

University of Exeter Philosophy Colloquium Series, Oct 2022, Exeter, UK

​Integrating Mechanistic and Statistical Evidence for Therapeutic Prediction

Durham University Centre for Philosophy of Epidemiology, Medicine and Public Health Workshop, Oct 2022, Durham, UK

P-hacking: Its Costs and When It Is Warranted

The 27th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association, Nov 2021, Baltimore, USA

Philosophy Department Colloquium, University of Alabama, Feb 2021, Tuscaloosa, USA

CamPoS, University of Cambridge, Feb 2021 , Cambridge, UK

Etiological, Symptom-Based, and Pathophysiological Approaches to Disease Classification

McCollough Institute for Pre-medical Scholars Seminar, University of Alabama, Feb 2021, Tuscaloosa, USA

The Canadian Philosophy Association Conference, Jun 2019, Vancouver, Canada

Expected Utility, Inductive Risk, and the Consequences of P-hacking

Bayes by the Sea Conference, Aug 2019, Ancona, Italy

The 16th International Congress on Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Aug 2019, Prague, Czechia

The 8th Philosophy of Medicine Roundtable, Jun 2019, Paris, France

The Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science Conference, Jun 2019, Vancouver, Canada

Inductive Risk and Extrapolation in Medicine

The Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science Conference, Jun 2017, Toronto, Canada

The 7th Annual Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology Conference, May 2017, Dallas, USA

A Tracking Theory of Prediction

Spring Colloquium, Sep 2014, Cape Town, South Africa

The Philosophical Society of Southern Africa Conference, Jan 2014, Bloemfontein, South Africa

Teaching

University of Alabama

Philosophy of Science

Philosophy of Medicine

Medical Knowledge and Its Limits

​Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence

Interdisciplinary Medical Foundations I & II

University of Cambridge

Philosophy of Medicine

Philosophy of Science

Philosophy of the Special Sciences

History and Philosophy of Science

Metaphysics and Epistemology

Logic

University of Pretoria

Philosophy of Medicine

Philosophy of Science

Moral and Political Philosophy

University of Johannesburg

Philosophy of Science

Philosophy of Mind

Engineering Ethics

Engineering Aesthetics

Business Ethics and Citizenship

 

Media

PhiSci YouTube Channel

A conversation with Jacob Stegenga about Philosophy of Medicine and some key topics related to predicting the effectiveness of medical interventions.

To see more conversations about philosophy and science on the PhiSci YouTube Channel, click here.

 
 

Contact

Adrian Erasmus

Department of Philosophy
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL  35487

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