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Dr. Donal Khosrowi Djen-Gheschlaghi

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Donal Khosrowi has a PhD in philosophy from Durham University (UK) (supervisors: Nancy Cartwright, Wendy Parker, and Julian Reiss). In his doctoral research he has critically engaged with Evidence-Based Policy, focusing on problems of extrapolation, i.e. using evidence of the effects of a policy from study population A to draw a reliable inference about the effectiveness of that policy in a novel target population B, especially when A and B differ in important ways. Before his PhD, he has obtained a BA and MA in ‘Philosophy & Economics’ from the University of Bayreuth.

Since October 2019, he works as a postdoctoral researcher at the chair of theoretical philosophy (Prof Frisch). His research focuses on:

1) General philosophy of science; especially concerning questions about models, simulations, and experiments, what kinds of features make these tools epistemically useful, what differences they exhibit, and how they can be fruitfully used together.

2) Philosophy of social science; especially focusing on the question of what role non-epistemic moral and political values may and should play in formulating methodologies concerning evidence-production and -use.

3) Philosophy of economics; especially focusing on causal inference from experimental and quasi-experimental data and how causal inference can be improved by integrating diverse kinds of evidence (e.g. qualitative and quantitative).

Main Areas of Research and Teaching

  • Causal inference in social science
  • Values in science
  • Bias and Value-ladenness in AI
  • Epistemology and methodology of AI research
  • Extrapolation of causal effects
  • Scientific representation
  • Publications
    2022

    With Elinor Clark "Decentring the discoverer: how AI helps us rethink scientific discovery". Synthese 200, 463. 

    https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-022-03902-9

    2022 "Evidence-Based Policy" In Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Economics, edited by Julian Reiss and Conrad Heilmann, Routledge.
    2021

    "What's (successful) Extrapolation?", Journal of Economic Methodology

    https://doi.org/10.1080/1350178X.2021.1952290

    2021

    w/ Philippe van Basshuysen, Lucie White, and Mathias Frisch: "Three Ways in Which Pandemic Models May Perform a Pandemic", Erasmus Journal of Philosophy and Economics, 14(1), 110–127. 

    https://doi.org/10.23941/ejpe.v14i1.582

    2021

    "When Experiments need Models", Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 51(4):400-424.

    https://doi.org/10.1177/00483931211008542

    2020

    With Julian Reiss (Linz). “Evidence-Based Policy: The Tension between the Epistemic and the Normative”, Critical Review, 31(2):179-197.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/08913811.2019.1688520

    2020

    “Getting Serious about Shared Features” The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 71(2):523–546.

    https://doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axy029

    2019

    “Trade-offs Between Epistemic and Moral Values in Evidence-Based Policy”, Economics & Philosophy, 35(1):49-78.

    https://doi.org/10.1017/S0266267118000159

    2019

    “Extrapolation in Econometrics – Hopes, Assumptions, and the Extrapolator’s Circle”, The Journal of Economic Methodology, 28(1):45-58.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/1350178X.2018.1561078

  • Talks
    2022

    "External Validity as an Achievement", PSA 2022, Pittsburgh, 10-13 November.

    2022"Generalization in Machine Learning: A Plea for Better Theory", PhilML2022: Philosophy of Science Meets Machine Learning, Tübingen, 20-22 October.
    2022"Managing Performative Models", ENPOSS 2022, Málaga, 21-23 September.
    2022“Extrapolation - Where is Our Theory of Confidence?”, GWP2022, Berlin, 16 September.
    2022"Managing Performative Models", SPSP 2022, Ghent, 3 July.
    2022"Managing Performative Models", 12th Braga Meetings on Ethics and Political Philosophy (in person), Braga, 27 June.
    2022"Managing Performative Models", ISEC Colloquium Universität Witten/Herdecke (invited), 8 February.
    2022"No (Value-)Free Lunch: How Moral Values Matter for Methodology", American Economic Association / ASSA 2022 (hybrid conference), 7 January.
    2021"Towards Democratic Evidence" (poster talk) PPE conference 2021 "Democracy Between Order and Chaos", Witten/Herdecke University, 17-19 September.
    2021“Extrapolation - Where is Our Theory of Confidence?”, EPSA 2021 (hybrid conference), Turin, 15-18 September.
    2021“Extrapolation - Where is Our Theory of Confidence?”, BSPS 2021 (online conference) 6-9 July.
    2020“Experiments need Models”, ENPOSS 2020 (virtual conference), Toulouse, 14-18 September.
    2020“Ampliative Evidence Integration - The Case of Evidence-Based Policy”, Evidential Pluralism and the Social Sciences (virtual conference), Kent, 16-17 July.
    2020“When Mechanisms Sleep”, Philosophy of Social Science Roundtable, Emory University, Atlanta, 12-15 March.
    2019“When Mechanisms Sleep”, Departmental Research Seminar, Leibniz Universität Hannover, 17 December.
    2019​“When Mechanisms Sleep”, Irish Philosophical Society Annual Conference, University College Cork, 6-7 December. 
    2019​“What’s (successful) extrapolation?”, Symposium on “Methodology of extrapolation and external validity: theoretical and practical appraisals in economics” w/ Judith Favereau, Maria Jiminez-Buedo, Michiru Nagatsu, Luis Moreles-Flores, Federica Russo, Sofia Blanco Sequeiros, INEM 2019, Helsinki, Finland, 19-21 August.
    2019​“What’s (successful) extrapolation?”, BSPS2019, Durham University, July 17-19.
    2019​“Idle Causes, Idle Inferences”, Economic Behaviours: Models, Measurements, and Policies, Lake Como School of Advanced Studies, June 30- July 5.
    2018​“Evidence-Based Policy and Its Hidden Costs of Justice” (w/Julian Reiss, Durham) PSA2018, Biennal Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association, Seattle, Washington, 1-4 November.
    2018​Symposium: “External Validity: What is it and how do we get it?” with Maria Jiminez-Buedo (UNED), Michiru Nagatsu (TINT), and Federica Russo (UVA), SPSP 2018, Ghent, Belgium, 29 June – 2 July.
    2018​“Getting Serious about Shared Features”, Models and Simulations 8, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA, 15-17 March.
    2017​“A Challenge for Value-Freedom and –Neutrality in Evidence-Based Policy”, DGPhil 2017 XXIV. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Philosophie, Berlin, Germany, 24-27 September.
    2017​“Getting Serious about Shared Features”, EPSA17, Exeter, UK, 6-9 September.
    2017"Putting Rigor Back into Pragmatic trials" (w/Sarah Wieten, Stanford), EPSA17, Exeter, UK, 6-9 September.
    2017​“Extrapolation of Causal Effects – Hopes, Assumptions and the Extrapolator’s Circle”, INEM 2017, San Sebastián, Spain, 28-30 August.
    2017“Value-Freedom and –Neutrality in Evidence-Based Policy”, YSI Young Scholars Initiative Workshop, San Sebastián, Spain, 27 August.
    2017​"Putting Rigor back into Pragmatic Trials" (w/Sarah Wieten, Stanford), NNPS Fifth Annual Meeting of the Nordic Network for Philosophy of Science, Copenhagen, Denmark, 20-21 April.
    2016

    ​“Trade-offs Between Epistemic and Moral Values in Evidence-Based Policy”, PSA2016, Biennal Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association, Atlanta, Georgia, 3-5 November.

    2016​“Trade-offs Between Epistemic and Moral Values in Evidence-Based Policy”, 5th René Descartes Lectures 2016, Workshop: “Science, Values and Democracy”, Tilburg, The Netherlands, 5-7 September.
    2016“Getting Serious about Shared Features”, BSPS British Society for Philosophy of Science Annual Conference, Cardiff, UK, 6-9 June.
    2016​“Scientific and Moral Value Entanglement as a Challenge to Evidence-Based Policy”, Values in Medicine Science and Technology 6, UT Dallas, Dallas, Texas, 19-23 May.
  • Teaching
    Winter Semester 2022/23
    • Philosophy and Public Policy
    • Ethics and Philosophy of Digital Technologies
    Summer Semester 2022
    • Introduction to Epistemology
    • Advanced Topics in the Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence
    • Contemporary Issues in Philosophy of Science (w/ Tanja Rechnitzer)
    Winter Semester 2021/22
    • Project Seminar (MA level skill building course)
    • Project Week (MA level skill building course)
    • Evidence-Based Policy and Practice
    Summer Semester 2021
    • Models, Simulations, and Experiments
    • Advanced Topics in the Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence
    Winter Semester 2020/21
    • Project Seminar (MA level skill building course; Leibniz University Hannover)
    • Project Week (MA level skill building course; Leibniz University Hannover)
    Summer Semester 2020
    • Causation (Leibniz University Hannover)
    • Philosophy of Economics (Leibniz University Hannover)
    Winter Semester 2019/20
    • Philosophie der künstlichen Intelligenz (Philosophy of AI) (Leibniz University Hannover)
    • ​Introduction to Philosophy of Science (Leibniz University Hannover)
    Winter Semester 2017/18
    • Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy (Single lecture, Durham University)
    • Values in Science (University of Bayreuth, w/Erin Nash)
    Summer Semester 2017
    • Philosophy of Economics (University of Bayreuth)
    Winter Semester 2016/17
    • Does Capitalism Promote or Prevent Democracy? (Single lecture, Durham University)
    • Evidence-Based Policy (University of Bayreuth, w/Tobias Grohmann, Groningen)
    Summer Semester 2016
    • Evidence-Based Policy (University of Bayreuth, w/Tobias Grohmann, Groningen)
    Winter Semester 2015/16
    • Foundational Issues in Philosophy of Economics (University of Bayreuth)
    Summer Semester 2015
    • Foundational Issues in Philosophy of Economics (University of Bayreuth)
  • Scholarships and Prizes
    2021PPE Young Scholars Award for Social and Institutional Change (Institute for Social and Institutional Change [ISIC], Witten/Herdecke University)
    2018-19Royal Institute of Philosophy Jacobsen Studentship
    2015-18Durham Doctoral Scholarship
    2015-18AHRC Northern Bridge Studentship

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