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William Peden, PhD

University Assistant, PhD

I am a philosopher of science with an interest in statistical reasoning. I am especially interested in statistical reasoning in economics and artificial intelligence, as well as the foundations of statistics. My principal research goal at present is the application of the ideas of philosophers of statistics like Henry E. Kyburg and Jon Williamson to the context of econometrics, both in economics and by artificial intelligence systems. My research also connects with other issues in the philosophy of evidence, inductive logic, decision theory, and probability.


Prior to joining the Institute at JKU, I was a Research Assistant Professor at Lingnan University, Hong Kong (2022-2023). I have also been a postdoctoral researcher at the Erasmus Institute for Economics and Philosophy at Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands (2020-2022) and a research fellow in the Department of Medicine at the Polytechnic University of the Marche within an ERC project (2019-2020). I did my PhD (2013-2017) and early postdoctoral work (2017-2019) at Durham University, UK.

Academic Employment:

  • From 10/2023         Universitätsassistent mit Doktorat/Ph.D (JKU Linz, Institute for Philosophy and Scientific Method)                                                            
  • 2022-2023          Research Assistant Professor (Lingnan University, Hong Kong)
  • 2020-2022          Postdoctoral Researcher (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands)
  • 2019-2020          Research Fellow (Polytechnic University of the Marche, Italy)
  • 2017-2019          Research Associate (Durham University, United Kingdom)

Visiting Positions

  • 12/2019                   Visiting Fellow, Munich Centre for Mathematical Philosophy, DE
  • 06 - 08/2019          Visting Fellow, Munich Centre for Mathematical Philosophy, DE


  • 2013 - 2017   Ph.D, Philosophy, Durham University, Vereinigtes Königreich
  • 2011 - 2012   MPhil, History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science, Technology, and Medicine Cambridge University, Vereinigtes Königreich
  • 2006 - 2010   MA, Philosophy, Edinburgh University, Vereinigtes Königreich
  • 2000 - 2006   McLaren High School, Callander, Vereinigtes Königreich