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

I studied at Oxford (BA), UCL (MPhil), and King's College London (PhD). I then taught for two years each at the Universities of Stirling and Bristol, before going on to postdoctoral projects. The first was on Mechanisms and Causality at the University of Kent (2007-10), working with Jon Williamson, and funded by the Leverhulme Trust.  The second was on Information Quality at the University of Hertfordshire, working with Luciano Floridi, funded by the AHRC (2012-13). I was appointed to UCL in 2012.

Research Summary

I am primarily research active in the philosophy of science, with particular expertise in causality, mechanisms and information. I have published many articles in philosophy of science, and have written and edited several books (see publications).  I also have a growing interest in ethics of data, serving on the Data Ethics Group of the Alan Turing Institute.

 

With Federica Russo, I am Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal for Philosophy of Science, and I am also associate editor of Philosophy & Technology.  I served on the committee of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science 2013-16, and am active in the Women’s Caucus of the European Philosophy of Science Association. I help run the Causality in the Sciences conference series, with collaborators in Kent, Ghent, Durham, Antwerp, Amsterdam and New York.

For more information, see my PhilPapers page.

Teaching Summary

I primarily teach philosophy of science, including science and ethics, and advanced courses in mechanisms, causality, and philosophy of information. I supervise several PhD students.

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