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Dr Phyllis Kirstin Illari
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Dept of Science & Technology Studies
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

I am a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Science in the Science and Technology Studies department at University College London.  I have a BA from Oxford, an MPhil in Philosophy from UCL, and a PhD from King's College London.  I taught for two years each at the Universities of Stirling and Bristol.

I then went on to complete two postdoctoral projects, one on Mechanisms and Causality at the University of Kent, working with Jon Williamson, and funded by the Leverhulme Trust, and one on Information Quality at the University of Hertfordshire, working with Luciano Floridi, funded by the AHRC. 

I am active in both the Society for the Philosophy of Information, with collaborators all over the world, and in the Causality in the Sciences conference series, with collaborators in Kent, Ghent, Durham, Antwerp and Amsterdam.

For more information, see my academia.edu page.

Research Summary

I am primarily research active in the philosophy of science, particularly the philosophy of causality and the philosophy of information.  I am one of the founding steering committee members of the Causality in the Sciences conference series, and one of the founding committee members of the Society for the Philosophy of Information.

I am the author of numerous articles in philosophy of science, and have authored and edited several books (see publications). I served on the committee of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science 2013-16, am editor of the Springer journal Philosophy & Technology and editor in chief of The Philosophy of Information: A Simple Introduction.

My particular current interests are on mechanisms, causality, and information, and how they impact on evidence assessment in biomedical sciences.

For more information, see my academia.edu page.

Teaching Summary

I have taught many courses, from traditional philosophy of science, including philosophy of biology, to Plato on Love, the Ancient Greeks on Virtue and the Good Life, and Political Philosophy.

Currently I am teaching Philosophy of Natural Sciences and Philosophy of Information for 3rd years, Science and Ethics for 2nd years, and Causality, Mechanism and Evidence in Science for the Masters programme at STS.

I also supervise several PhD students (see students).

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