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Dr Jacob Stegenga

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Ext. Director of Studies; Director of Studies in Philosophy

Biography

Jacob Stegenga is a University Lecturer in philosophy of science. His research focuses on methodological problems of medical research, conceptual questions in evolutionary biology, and fundamental topics in reasoning and rationality. Stegenga's present work is culminating in a book titled Medical Nihilism, in which he argues that if we attend to the extent of bias in medical research, the thin theoretical basis of many interventions, the malleability of empirical methods in medicine, and if we employ our best inductive framework, then our confidence in medical interventions ought to be low. His research employs empirical findings, analysis, and formal methods to establish normative conclusions about science.

Before coming to Cambridge, Stegenga taught at University of Utah and University of Victoria, and was a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Toronto. He received his PhD from the University of California San Diego.


Research

Philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, philosophy of medicine

Selected publications

For a complete list of publications, please see my Academia.edu site.

Medical Nihilism, forthcoming, Oxford University Press

'Three Arguments for Absolute Outcome Measures' (with Jan Sprenger), forthcoming, Philosophy of Science

'Population Pluralism and Natural Selection', The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 2016 67: 1–29

'Measuring Effectiveness', Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 2015 54: 62–71

'Probabilizing the End', Philosophical Studies 2013 165: 95–112

'Is Meta-Analysis the Platinum Standard of Evidence?', Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 2011 42: 497–507


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