Worrall, John

Professor John Worrall  


Position held

Professor of Philosophy of Science


Experience keywords:

19th century; Realism -v- Instrumentalism; evidence-based medicine; evidence; logic; optics; physics; science


French [Spoken: Basic, Written: Intermediate]; German [Spoken: Basic, Written: Basic]

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

020 7955 7335



Worrall, John (2016) The placebo effect and evidence-based policy LSE Philosophy Blog (13 Jan 2016) blog

Worrall, John (2016) Homeopathy and evidence-based policy LSE Philosophy Blog (7 Jan 2016) blog


Worrall, John (2014) Prediction and accommodation revisited Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A, 45 (1). 54-61. ISSN 0039-3681


Worrall, John (2011) Causality in medicine: getting back to the Hill top Preventive Medicine, 53 (4-5). 235-238. ISSN 0091-7435


Worrall, John (2010) Error, tests and theory confirmation In: Mayo, Deborah G. and Spanos, Aris, (eds.) Error and Inference: Recent Exchanges on Experimental Reasoning, Reliability, and the Objectivity and Rationality of Science. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 125-154. ISBN 9780521880084

Worrall, John (2010) Do we need some large, simple randomized trials in medicine? In: Suárez, Mauricio and Dorato, Mauro and Rédei, Miklós, (eds.) Epsa Philosophical Issues in the Sciences: Launch of the European Philosophy of Science Association. Springer, London, UK, 289-302. ISBN 9789048132515

Worrall, John (2010) For universal rules, against induction Philosophy of Science, 77 (5). 740-753. ISSN 0031-8248

Worrall, John (2010) Evidence: philosophy of science meets medicine Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 16 (2). 356-362. ISSN 1356-1294


Worrall, John (2009) Underdetermination, realism and empirical equivalence Synthese, 180 (2). 157-172. ISSN 0039-7857


Worrall, John (2008) Evidence and ethics in medicine Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 51 (3). 418-431. ISSN 1529-8795


Worrall, John (2005) Theory-confirmation and history In: Cheyne, Colin and Worrall, John, (eds.) Rationality and Reality: Conversations With Alan Musgrave. Kluwer, 31-62. ISBN 9781402042065


Worrall, John (2002) Philosophy of science: classic debates, standard problems, future prospects In: Machamer, Peter and Silberstein, Michael, (eds.) The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Science. Blackwell philosophy guides (7). Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, 18-36. ISBN 9780631221081


Scerri, Eric R. and Worrall, John (2001) Prediction and the periodic table Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science Part A, 32 (3). 407-452. ISSN 0039-3681


Worrall, John (2000) Pragmatic factors in theory-acceptance In: Newton-Smith, William, (ed.) A Companion to the Philosophy of Science. Blackwell companions to philosophy. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK, 349-357. ISBN 9780631230205

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