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Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science
a subdivision of the Philosophy and Moral Science Department at Ghent University, Belgium.

New books: Adaptive Logics for Defeasible Reasoning. Christian Straßer
        Leśniewski's Systems of Logic and Foundations of Mathematics. Rafal Urbaniak.
        Scientific Explanation. Erik Weber, Jeroen Van Bouwel en Leen De Vreese.
Short history

The Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science was founded in 1993 by Diderik Batens, who was then professor of logic and philosophy of science. Among the first members were Joke Meheus (then a pre-doctoral fellow of the FWO) and Erik Weber (at that time a post-doctoral fellow of the FWO). In 1997 Erik Weber became professor in philosophy of science. In 2003 Joke Meheus became BOF research professor, with logic as area of specialisation. The size of the Centre grew gradually from 4 members in 1993 to between 20 and 25 members now. Diderik Batens retired in 2010. The Centre is now directed by Erik Weber and has 3 other professors: Joke Meheus, Dagmar Provijn and Peter Verdée.
Research topics

- inconsistency-adaptive logics
- ampliative adaptive logics; including logics of abduction and induction
- goal-directed proof procedures, proof heuristics
- formal problem solving processes
- adaptive logics as a unifying standard format for defeasible reasoning
- conflict-tolerant deontic logics
- foundations of mathematics
- formal study of theory change
- proof-theories and type-systems for applications to human rationality and natural language semantics

Philosophy of science:
- scientific explanation
- causation, mechanisms, causal networks
- scientific discovery (including topics like creativity and pursuit)
- philosophy of the behavioural and social sciences
- history and philosophy of physics
- history and philosophy of logic, mathematics and computer science
- structure of scientific theories, models
- experiments, thought experiments
- philosophy of medicine and biomedical sciences
- theory choice, theory dynamics and rationality
- social epistemology (social organization of science, expertise, science policy, ..)

- Leo Apostel's conception of worldviews
- methodology of analytic metaphysics and the relation between analytic and continental metaphysics
- infinite regress arguments in philosophy