Experimental Design and Statistics for Philosophers

Given that philosophical works that report and/or discuss experimental results have become more and more common, philosophers now frequently need to be in the position of having to evaluate how data are collected and analysed, if not to run experiments of their own.

For this reason, during Spring Semester 2019, the Philosophy Department at the University of Sheffield will run a course aimed at introducing students to the fundamentals of experimental design, probability theory, and descriptive and inferential statistics.

The course, which is not for credits, is structured into 8 two-hour sessions. Each session will take place Friday 11am-1pm at the B4 Computer Room in the Geography Building. The first meeting will be on 15 March 2019 (see below for the full schedule).

The course is open to BA, MA, and PhD students in the Department of Philosophy and is capped at 20.

Interested students are thus strongly recommended to enrol to the course as soon as possible, by sending an e-mail to the module leader Miklos Kurthy at mkurthy1@sheffield.ac.uk.

The course will be mainly based on active learning: students will acquire the capacity to read and interpret experiments by collaboratively designing, conducting, and analysing their own experiments. The testing phase will be done through Qualtrics and Amazon Mechanical Turk, and the analyses will be performed through SPSS. In this way, students will acquire a working knowledge of some of important and widely used platforms for data collection and analysis.


B4 Computer Room, Geography Building

  • 15 March 2019 11am-1pm
  • 22 March 2019 11am-1pm
  • 29 March 2019 11am-1pm
  • 5 April 2019 11am-1pm
  • 3 May 2019 11am-1pm
  • 10 May 2019 11am-1pm
  • 17 May 2019 11am-1pm
  • 24 May 2019 11am-1pm