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Professor Sherrilyn Roush

Sherri RoushVisiting Professor in Philosophy and Medicine

Address: Department of Philosophy
King's College London
Philosophy Building
London,  WC2R 2LS

Curriculum Vitae 



Professor Roush received her Ph.D. at Harvard University, where she was supervised by Hilary Putnam, Robert Nozick, Simon Saunders, and Peter Galison. She has been Visiting Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh (HPS), University of California Irvine (LPS), and Carnegie Mellon University (Philosophy), and has held research grants from the National Science Foundation. Her first teaching position was at Rice University in Texas, and she came to King’s in 2015 from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was chair of the Group in Logic and the Methodology of Science. She is the author of Tracking Truth: Knowledge, Evidence, and Science.

Research interests and PhD supervision

·         Philosophy of Science

·         Epistemology

·         Medicine, especially Psychiatry

Her work in philosophy of science has been mainly in general methodology -- the nature of evidential support, realism vs. anti-realism, experiment vs. simulation, Bayesian probabilistic rationality theory (especially second-order), track-record arguments – and she has an interest in the role of computation in science. In epistemology her interests include knowledge, justification, understanding, evidence, the growth of error, self-knowledge, and self-doubt. She is currently working on a book Rational Self-Doubt. She has many interests in medicine, and is currently developing a collaborative research project Rationality and Mental Disorder, and another on standardization. 

For more details, please see Sherri's full research profile.

For more information on the Philosophy and Medicine research being carried out within the Department please see the research webpages

Selected publications

·         The Rationality of Science in Relation to its History

·         The Difference between Knowledge and Understanding

·         Second-Guessing: A Self-Help Manual

·         Skepticism about Reasoning

·         Closure on Skepticism

For a complete list of publications, please see Sherri's full research profile.

Expertise and public engagement

'Second Guessing Ourselves", Philosophy Talk (radio show)






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