I am an Assistant Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at Underwood International College at Yonsei University (Seoul, South Korea). I've been a visiting fellow at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy and the Oxford Center for Evidence-based Medicine. I will be a visiting scholar at Michigan State University in the winter of 2019.
Before turning to philosophy, I studied Biopsychology and Cognitive Science (B.A.) at the University of Michigan and Developmental and Clinical Psychology (M.A.) at York University. I earned my PhD the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of California, Irvine, where my dissertation explored the effects of industry funding on medical research.
Generally, I'm interested in developing the intersection between medical and social epistemology. My current project is focused on articulating how scientific epistemology must be altered in areas of science that are heavily influenced by industry funding. Specifically, in areas such as medical (especially pharmaceutical) research: How should we evaluate and interpret evidence given that it is not produced as a good-faith effort by a community of truth-seekers? How can including the social dimension into epistemology bring to light problems that are obscured by focusing on an isolated knower confronting a fixed set of data? Finally, what can we do to improve the reliability of medical research?
My work brings the tools of history, philosophy, statistics, and game-theory to bear on this question. Click here to hear an interview about my recent work. Though the argument is general, I am particularly interested in mental health and women's health.
This website contains links to my research and teaching. If you have any questions, please contact me (bholman[at]yonsei.ac.kr).