BiographyRani Lill Anjum is a Researcher in Philosophy at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, where she leads the Centre for Applied Philosophy of Science. Anjum is also the Principal Investigator of the 4 year interdisciplinary research project CauseHealth – Causation, Complexity and Evidence in Health Sciences, and before that, of Causation in Science, both generously funded by the FRIPRO scheme for Independent Projects of the Research Council of Norway (NFR). CauseHealth consists of a core team, located at NMBU, and an international network of 40 medical researchers, clinicians and philosophers of science, plus 3 institutional partners. Anjum’s research is on the foundations of science, with focus on causation, probability and modality. Together with Stephen Mumford, she has written Getting Causes from Powers (Oxford University Press 2011), Causation – A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press 2013), What Tends to Be. The Philosophy of Dispositional Modality (Routledge 2018) and Causation in Science and the Methods of Scientific Discovery (Oxford University Press 2018). Their theory of causal dispositionalism, developed in these books and more than 30 articles, has received much attention in the international debate on causation.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Philosophy of science: foundations of science, including causation, probability and risk
Metaphysics or ontology: dispositions, causal powers, modality, propensities, emergence
Ethics: free will, freedom, determinism, responsibility
Epistemology: empiricism and positivism (mainly critical), data versus theory, learning from failure
Logic: conditionals, conditional probability, philosophical logic, modality
Published: May 31, 2018
Rani Lill Anjum talks about the project Causation, Complexity and Evidence in Health Sciences and why causation matters in medicine.
Published: Feb 05, 2018
I gave this lecture at the Philosophy Department at the University of Edinburgh in the winter 2018. It is a presentation of my work on the research project Causation, Complexity and Evidence in Health Sciences (CauseHealth), with focus on the relation between ontological assumptions about causation, norms of science, scientific methods and scientific practice.
Published: Aug 04, 2017
Rani talks about her teaching at the introductory course, Examen Philosophicum, at NMBU. In Norwegian.
Published: Apr 27, 2017
A talk by Rani Lill Anjum to the medical philosophical forum in Bodoe, Norway. In Norwegian.
Published: Jan 23, 2014
In this video, Stephen Mumford and Rani Lill Anjum present their new book. Video by NMBU.