ROWBOTTOM Darrell Patrick, Prof.

  • 8 Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun

    Hong Kong

  • 393 Scopus Citations
  • 13 Scopus h-Index
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Personal profile


Prior to my appointment at Lingnan, I was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford. I have also worked at several other universities in the UK, including Aberdeen, Bristol, Durham, and Edinburgh. I started out studying physics, but undertook graduate studies in philosophy and history and philosophy of science. The shift of direction is easily explained: I was fascinated by quantum theory, and what my lecturers (wrongly!) thought that it tells us about the world. I am interested in a wide variety of topics in philosophy of science, epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of probability. I also dabble in other areas, including philosophy of education and philosophy of mind, from time to time. I have recently completed a monograph in defence of a new form of instrumentalism about science, The Instrument of Science, which I hope will appear in print next year. My work on this has been supported by a Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship from Hong Kongs Research Grant Council (RGC), and a COFUND Senior International Research Fellowship held at Durham Universitys Institute of Advanced Study. I am now working on a project called Computational Social Epistemology and Scientific Method, which is supported by a General Research Fund grant from Hong Kongs RGC. I am collaborating with Dr. Staffan Angere, who is employed as a postdoctoral researcher on the project. Together, well be developing the programme Laputa and using it to run a variety of simulations of networked inquirers.

Research interests

Philosophy of Science, Formal and Informal Epistemology (esp. Foundations of Probability), Metaphysics, Philosophy of Education, History of Science, Philosophy of Language, Philosophical Logic, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Physics

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book review Social Sciences
science Social Sciences
realism Social Sciences
educational research Social Sciences
voluntarism Social Sciences
rationality Social Sciences
philosophy of science Social Sciences
depersonalization Social Sciences

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Projects 2014 2020

Research Output 2001 2019

A Methodological Argument Against Scientific Realism

ROWBOTTOM, D. P., 8 Jun 2019, In : Synthese. 15 p.

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)Researchpeer-review

Scientific Realism
Reductio Ad Absurdum
Approximate Truth
Scientific Method

Bertrand's Paradox and the Maximum Entropy Principle

SHACKEL, N. & ROWBOTTOM, D. P., 18 May 2019, In : Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)Researchpeer-review

Maximum Entropy
6 Citations (Scopus)

Extending the argument from unconceived alternatives : observations, models, predictions, explanations, methods, instruments, experiments, and values

ROWBOTTOM, D. P., Oct 2019, In : Synthese. 196, 10, p. 3947-3959

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)Researchpeer-review



social science and humanities
research program

Activities 2012 2018

  • 3 Editorial (Journal)
  • 1 Seminar / Talk / Other Presentation

Dogmatism and Criticism in Science : Striking the Balance

Darrell ROWBOTTOM (Speaker)
30 May 2018

Activity: Seminar / Talk / Other Presentation

Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A (Journal)

Darrell Patrick ROWBOTTOM (Editor in chief), Micheál LACEY (Managing Editor)
2018 → …

Activity: Editorial / Peer-review Work Editorial (Journal)

Theory and Decision (Journal)

Darrell Patrick ROWBOTTOM (Member of editorial board)
2015 → …

Activity: Editorial / Peer-review Work Editorial (Journal)

Press / Media

The Philosophy of Probability

Darrell Patrick ROWBOTTOM


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Corporate News

Philosophy of Probability

Darrell Patrick ROWBOTTOM


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Corporate News

Come, come, Mr Bond

Darrell Patrick ROWBOTTOM


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Corporate News