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Simon Brausch

Predoctoral Fellow (Mai 2022-Apr 2025)

Simon Brausch is a Predoctoral Fellow in the “Practices of Validation in the Biomedical Sciences” Research Group at the MPIWG. Under the supervision of Lara Keuck, he investigates the past and present use of technical tools for assessing the methodological quality of biomedical research data and its role in the emergence of scientific dissent.

Prior to joining the Research Group as a doctoral student, he worked as a scientific assistant at the Institute. Simon studied philosophy at the University of Lille and the University of Glasgow for his BA and holds an MA in Philosophy from Humboldt University, Berlin.

Before focusing his research on the social and historical epistemology of medicine, he also pursued more formal topics and methods in philosophy. In the field of logic, he worked on the problem of adequate formalization to which he proposed a dialogical approach. In his Master’s thesis, Simon explored how recent advancements in natural language processing and machine learning may be used for research in the history of ideas so as to overcome traditional scholarship’s inevitably selective approach to historical sources.


Assessing Certainty without Certainty


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Selected Publications

Brausch, Simon and Michele Luchetti (2023). “Coordination and Validity in Measurement across Science and Medicine: Historical and Epistemological Perspectives. Berlin, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, March 23th, 2023 [Conference…

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Brausch, Simon and Gerd Graßhoff (2023). “Machine Learning for the History of Ideas.” Future Humanities 1 (1).

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Brausch, Simon (2020). “Dialogical Criteria of Adequate Formalisation.” In The Logica Yearbook 2019, ed. I. Sedlár and M. Blicha, 17–31. London: College Publications.

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Past Events

Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

The Epistemic Importance of Standardized Quality Assessment as a Technology of Transparency

9th Biennal Meeting of the European Philosophy of Science Association, Belgrade

In Search of Biomedical Validity: Towards a Cross-Disciplinary History of Validation Practices

Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology, University of Toronto 

Symposium, together with Sam Ducourant, Alfred Freeborn, Ariane Hanemaayer, Lara Keuck, Michele Luchetti, and Hanna Worliczek

The Epistemic Importance of Standardized Quality Assessment as a Technology of Transparency

10th International Philosophy of Medicine Roundtable, University of Bologna

poster presentation

The Epistemic Importance of Standardized Quality Assessment as a Technology of Transparency

4th Philosophy in Biology and Medicine Conference, University of Cambridge

Dialogical Criteria of Adequate Formalisation

Logica 2019, Czech Academy of Sciences, Institute of Philosophy