I am a philosopher interested in how we come to know things, what kinds of things we know, and why we think we know them. In particular, I am interested in situations where we know something but we don’t know what that something really is. For instance, how do we know when something is potentially valuable, when it might become valuable to us later, even when we don’t know when or how? For this reason, I work on topics such as serendipity, radical innovation, and resilience: situations where we want to be able to prepare for the unknown. In such situations, I think, epistemology and ethics necessarily interact.
I am currently a postdoctoral fellow with the CauseHealth project, led by Rani Lill Anjum, at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and part of the Centre for Applied Philosophy of Science (CAPS-NMBU).
My contribution to the project stems from my interest in how unexpected discoveries are made and followed up in medical research. So far, I have presented and written on how case reports are important sources of evidence, about the caution required when moving from the particular to the general when conducting medical research and promoting new medical interventions, and about the importance of appreciating causal complexity when making inferences from unexpected results.
Further research interests of mine include: how communities create and disseminate knowledge; how evidence is conceived and used; and the nature of the process of discovery in science and scientific medicine. My areas of expertise in philosophy are social-epistemology, the epistemology and ethics of evidence-based medicine, and philosophy of science.
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