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Jeroen Van Bouwel

Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science
Department of Philosophy, Ghent University
Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Ghent, Belgium

Email: Jeroen.VanBouwel@UGent.be

Welcome! I am a Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Ghent University and a member of Ghent's Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science. My primary research and teaching areas are: history and philosophy of the social sciences, social epistemology and general philosophy of science. My systematic work in philosophy has been centred on explanatory and scientific pluralism, that is, elaborating our understanding of scientific pluralism in relation with more traditional topics in philosophy of (social) science like the theory of scientific explanation, causality, social ontology, scientific objectivity and values in science. In my research, I try to connect these philosophical problems to actual scientific practice - both historical and contemporary. My most elaborate historical analysis up to now deals with the history of International Political Economy, analysing the sources of plurality and how plurality has been (and should be) dealt with within the discipline. Paying close attention to the historical and social embeddedness of science in society (and how this is linked to plurality) also inspired my thinking, writing and teaching about the deep entanglements between science and democracy, e.g. in citizen sciences, epistemic democracy, the co-production of knowledge.

book jacket Foundations of Science                                                                                                      
The Social Sciences and Democracy - Palgrave Macmillan.      

Reviewed in International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Journal of Philosophical Economics, Theoria and New Political Science.  

 Scientific Explanation (2013)

Reviewed in Prolegomena.