Jun Otsuka

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Jun Otsuka
Kyoto University
PhD(Kyoto University), PhD(Indiana University)


I am mainly interested in the following topics in philosophy of science.

Philosophy of Biology
- Models in evolutionary genetics
- Metaphorical representations of evolution
- Constraints / Modularity

Philosophy of Statistics / Probability
- Confirmation theory
- Causal models (Graphical Markov Models, Bayesian networks...)

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Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Kyoto University 
Associate Professor, Kyoto University Philosophy

Awards & Honors

Nov 2011
Incentive Award, Japan Association for Philosophy of Science
Ishimoto Award, Philosophy of Science Society, Japan

Published Papers

科学基礎論研究      2019   [Refereed]
Perspectives on the meta-scientific analysis of humanities
Jun Otsuka
10 23-35   2017   [Invited]
Murdock Jaimie, Allen Colin, B{ö}rner Katy, Light Robert, McAlister Simon, Ravenscroft Andrew, Rose Robert, Rose Doori, Otsuka Jun, Bourget David, others
PloS one   12(9) e0184188   2017   [Refereed]
Otsuka J.
Philosophy of Science   84(5) 1128-1139   2017   [Refereed]
Otsuka, J., Turner, T., Allen, C., Lloyd, E. A.
Philosophy of Science   78(2) 209-224   2011   [Refereed]
Otsuka J.
Journal of Evolutionary Biology   29(6) 1268-1277   2016   [Refereed]
Otsuka J.
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science   67(1) 247-269   2016   [Refereed]
Otsuka J.
Biology and Philosophy   31(4) 459-482   2016   [Refereed]
Otsuka J.
Biology and Philosophy   30(1) 19-37   2015   [Refereed]
Philosophy of Evidence and Inference: Review of Elliott Sober's Evidence and Evolution
Otsuka, J.
Seibutsu-Kagaku   63(1) 55-60   2011   [Refereed][Invited]
Causality and Probability - A View from Bayesian Networks
Otsuka, J.
Kagaku-Kisoron-Kenkyu   38(1) 39-47   2010   [Refereed][Invited]
Reconciling Two Concepts of Function
Otsuka, J.
Kagaku-Tetsugaku   40(1) 29-41   2007   [Refereed]
Functional Explanation in Biology
Otsuka, J.
Tetsugaku-Ronso   33 114-125   2006

Conference Activities & Talks

Bridging the Gap between Statistics and Epistemology
Jun Otsuka
21 Apr 2019   
A holistic account of evolutionary theory [Invited]
Jun Otsuka
Modeling and Reasoning in the Sciences   24 Nov 2018   
Species as Models
Jun Otsuka
PSA 2018   3 Nov 2018   
Are there laws of evolution?
Jun Otsuka
The 7th Asia-Pacific Conference on Philosophy of Science   16 Dec 2017   
Are there laws of evolution? [Invited]
Jun Otsuka
National Yang-Ming university   13 Dec 2017   
From the population thinking to the causal thinking [Invited]
Jun Otsuka
Altenberg Workshop in Theoretical Biology   13 May 2017