Duygu Uygun Tunc

Duygu Uygun Tunc
Collegiate Assistant Professor, Society of Fellows
Gates-Blake Hall, Room 434
Office Hours: Spring Quarter:
Heidelberg University (Germany) and the University of Helsinki (Finland), PhD, (2020)
Teaching at UChicago since 2023
Research Interests: Philosophy of Science, Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind

I started my appointment at UChicago in September 2023. I received my PhD from Heidelberg University (Germany) and the University of Helsinki (Finland) in October 2020 with the dissertation Communication and the Origins of Personhood. Before coming to Chicago, I ran a postdoctoral research project titled “Extended Scientific Virtue” funded under the European Union’s Marie Curie Actions. My research focuses on issues at the intersection of philosophy of science, epistemology, and philosophy of mind. I investigate various complementary dimensions of epistemic value in the context of scientific research: what makes a person a good researcher, a group of people a good scientific collective, an epistemic system a good scientific community, a research procedure a good empirical study, and how all these different dimensions come together for epistemically successful science. To this end, I work on (individual and collective) intellectual virtues in science, scientific communities, experimental methodology (testability, theory choice and underdetermination), and applied philosophy of science (replicability crisis, science policy, scientific norms). A key question that guides my research is how the social nature of scientific inquiry can best be utilized to the advancement of scientific knowledge.

I am currently working on a series of articles on values in science and my first book manuscript on the topic of scientific expertise. The book develops a novel conception of scientific expertise that can make sense of certain features of contemporary science such as radically distributed epistemic labor and technological extension of epistemic processes, without sacrificing the notion of epistemic responsibility. 

Selected Publications

Tunç, M. N., & Uygun Tunç, D. (2024). Eliminativist induction cannot be a solution to psychology’s crisis. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 47, e62. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X23002157

Uygun Tunç, D., Tunç, M. N. (2023). Psychology’s Reform Movement Needs a Reconceptualization of Scientific Expertise. Social Psychological Bulletin, 18, 1-32. https://doi.org/10.32872/spb.10303

Uygun Tunç, D., Tunç, M. N., & Lakens, D. (2023). The Epistemic and Pragmatic Function of Dichotomous Claims Based on Statistical Hypothesis Tests. Theory & Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1177/09593543231160112 

Uygun Tunç, D. & Tunç, M. N. (2023). A Falsificationist Treatment of Auxiliary Hypotheses in Social and Behavioral Sciences: Systematic Replications Framework. Meta-Psychology, 7. https://doi.org/10.15626/MP.2021.2756 

Uygun Tunç, D. (2023). The Subject of Knowledge in Collaborative Science. Synthese,201(3), Article 88. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-023-04080-y

Uygun Tunç, D. (2022). We Should Redefine Scientific Expertise: An Extended Virtue Account. European Journal for Philosophy of Science, 12, Article 71. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13194-022-00498-2

Uygun Tunç, D., Tunç, M. N., & Eper, Z. B. (2022). Is Open Science Neoliberal? Perspectives on Psychological Science. https://doi.org/10.1177/1745691622111483

Lakens, D., Uygun Tunç, D.,& Necip Tunç, M. (2022). There is no generalizability crisis. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 45, E25. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X21000340

Uygun Tunç, D. (2019). Symbolically Mediated Interaction and Perspective Taking. Avant, X(3) [Special Issue: Social Cognition]. https://doi.org/10.26913/avant.2019.03.28 

Uygun Tunç, D. (2019). Transformative Communication as Semiotic Scaffolding of Cognitive Development. The American Journal of Semiotics, 35(1–2), 117–154. https://doi.org/10.5840/ajs201971753