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

I am a Lecturer in Philosophy of Science in the Science and Technology Studies department at University College London.  I studied PPE at Oxford, took my MPhil in Philosophy at UCL's Philosophy Department, and my PhD at King's College London, working with David Papineau.  I spent two years teaching at the University of Stirling, and two years at the University of Bristol.

Just before joining UCL, in 2013, I finished a project on Information Quality at the University of Hertfordshire, working with Luciano Floridi, and previously completed a project on Mechanisms and Causality at the University of Kent, working with Jon Williamson.

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, Paris, 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. I edited the volume Causality in the Sciences (OUP 2011) with Federica Russo and Jon Williamson; co-edited the special issue Causality in the Biomedical and Social Sciences: Special issue of Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science (2012) with Julian Reiss and Federica Russo, and I am writing Causality: Philosophical theory meets scientific practice with Federica Russo (OUP, forthcoming), and co-editing Information Quality with Luciano Floridi (Springer, forthcoming). I joined the committee of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science in September 2013, 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.

In the coming academic year I will be 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 look forward to supervising three PhD students working on causality, mechanisms and pluralism: Stephanie Ratcliffe, Toby Friend and Erman Sozudogru.

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