ROWBOTTOM Darrell Patrick, Prof.

  • 8 Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun

    Hong Kong

  • 417 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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Research Output

Which threats to humanity should we teach about? Decision theoretic guides

ROWBOTTOM, D. P., Apr 2020, In : Educational Philosophy and Theory. 52, 8, p. 844-845 2 p.

Research output: Journal PublicationsComment / Debate

  • A Methodological Argument Against Scientific Realism

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

    Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)

  • 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)

  • Activities

    • 3 Editorial (Journal)
    • 2 Other Invited Talks or Presentations

    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)

    Dogmatism and Criticism in Science : Striking the Balance

    Darrell ROWBOTTOM (Speaker)

    30 May 2018

    Activity: Talks or PresentationsOther Invited Talks or Presentations

    Scientific Progress and the Value of Science

    Darrell Patrick ROWBOTTOM (Speaker)

    16 Oct 2016

    Activity: Talks or PresentationsOther Invited Talks or Presentations

    Press / Media

    Online Philosophy Resources Weekly Update

    Darrell Patrick ROWBOTTOM


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research / Knowledge Transfer

    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