Currently: visiting fellow in philosophy at Harvard University, Black Hole Initiative (until 28 Feburary 2019).
Senior lecturer in philosophy, mathematics and theoretical physics at the Amsterdam University College and the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam. Tarner scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge (2015-2020) in Philosophy of Science and History of Ideas, where I work with Jeremy Butterfield. Member of the Vossius Center for History of Humanities and Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. I did my PhD in theoretical physics in 2001 under Gerard 't Hooft (Nobel Prize in Physics 1999). See my list of publications and more information about my research under separate tabs.
My current research in philosophy focuses on dualities, the equivalence of theories, and emergence. I have recently worked out a schema for dualities that can be applied in examples, and I am interested in how the schema relates to discussions of theoretical equivalence and physical equivalence. I am also interested in the bearing of recent accounts of equivalence for the notions of theory, model, and interpretation. Regarding emergence: I aim at explicating ontological vs. epistemic emergence, based on the notions of theory and interpretation developed in the project on dualities and equivalence. I am particularly interested in the applications of ontological emergence to the emergence of spacetime and the emergence of gravity. See my list of recent publications under the publications tab, and the full list under the research tab.
I also work on scientific understanding with Henk de Regt, on the relation between science and philosophy, and on other aspects of the epistemology of science. I work on the history of quantum gravity with Jeroen van Dongen.
I have active interests in the history and philosophy of information, the philosophy of technology, and philosophy of mind: on how these fields inform philosophy of science, and on how philosophy of science can be informed by them.
See my recent list of publications and activities under a separate tab. My full list of publications is below.
See my full list of publications on Google scholar. For a recent list of publications and activities, see the separate tab.
General fields in which I can supervise your thesis:
Recent undergraduate theses:
Generally, I will supervise theses on one of the two following broad topics: