Jacob Stegenga, Visiting Scholar in ImmunoConcept lab

Who am I ?

I am a University Lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining Cambridge I taught in the United States and Canada. From October 2018 to March 2019 I will be an IDEX visiting scholar in the group of Thomas Pradeu.

My Research Project

My research focuses on philosophy of science, including methodological problems of medical research, conceptual questions in evolutionary biology, and fundamental topics in reasoning and rationality. I employ empirical findings, analysis, and formal methods to establish normative conclusions about science. Recently I published a research monograph titled  Medical Nihilism (Oxford University Press, 2018) and my textbook for philosophy of medicine, titled Care and Cure: An Introduction to Philosophy of Medicine, will appear in autumn 2018.


Research interests

Philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, philosophy of medicine

Selected publications

For a complete list of publications, please see Jacob’s Academia.edu site.

Medical Nihilism, Oxford University Press, 2018

Care and Cure: An Introduction to Philosophy of Medicine, University of Chicago Press, 2018

‘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


E-mail me here: Stegenga

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