Dr D. Kostic (Daniel)

Radboud Excellence Initiative Fellow - Institute for Science in Society

Dr D. Kostic (Daniel)
Visiting address

Heyendaalseweg 135
Internal postal code: 77

Postal address

Postbus 9010

Working days Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

The overarching theme of my research is understanding the scientific explanation. In the last couple of years, I have been working on a comprehensive account of topological explanations, especially in neuroscience. Work on topological explanations has led me to a larger, more normative issue of any successful explanation. I am currently developing a set of epistemic norms that can be universally applied to both causal and non-causal explanations.

In 2016 I won a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship for my project "Philosophical Foundations of Topological Explanations" (Acronym: TOPEX, GA n°: 703662).

I have organized and run many international workshops and conferences, the most recent of which is the annual workshop series “Scientific Understanding and Representation (SURe)” which I co-founded with Kareem Khalifa. The aim of the workshop series is to explore the connections between representations, idealizations, and scientific understanding.

I received my Ph.D. degree in philosophy from Humboldt University in Berlin. I was a visiting Ph.D. student at King's College London where I worked with Professor David Papineau who was also one of my Ph.D. examiners.

Research theme
  • Theories of scientific explanation


Research grants and prizes


Curriculum Vitae