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Colaco, David

Dr. David Colaco

Postdoctoral Fellow


Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Fakultät für Philosophie, Wissenschaftstheorie
und Religionswissenschaft
Lehrstuhl für Wissenschaftstheorie
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
80539 München

Further Information

David is an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellow at LMU Munich. He received his PhD (2019) from the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh.


David is interested in explanatory reasoning and reasoning about scientific kinds. He focuses on cases in which these forms of reasoning might be flawed, and he explores the epistemic and ethical ramifications of potentially flawed reasoning. In his research, he integrates cognitive science research on biases, philosophical models of scientific reasoning, and analyses of cases from the history of science.

Selected Publications

  • ‘Why studying plant cognition is valuable, even if plants aren’t cognitive,’ Synthese (forthcoming).
  • ‘When should researchers cite study differences in response to a failure to replicate?’ (co-authored with John Bickle and Bradley Walters), Biology and Philosophy 39(37), 2022.
  • ‘What counts as a memory? Definitions, hypotheses, and “kinding in progress”,’ Philosophy of Science 89(1), 89-106, 2022.
  • ‘Recharacterizing scientific phenomena,’ European Journal for Philosophy of Science 10, 14, 2020.
  • ‘Rip it up and start again: The rejection of a characterization of a phenomenon,’ Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 72, 32-40, 2018
  • ‘Rethinking the role of theory in exploratory experimentation,’ Biology and Philosophy 33(5-6), 33-38, 2018.