Justin Biddle, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Member Of:
  • School of Public Policy
  • Center for Urban Innovation
Office Phone:
Office Location:
DM Smith 316

Justin B. Biddle, Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy, received a BA in Philosophy and a BS in Physics from the University of Dayton in 1999 and a PhD in the Program in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Notre Dame in 2006. Before arriving at Georgia Tech, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Bielefeld University in Germany. His research interests are interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on fields such as philosophy of science, bioethics, environmental ethics, philosophy of food, the ethics of emerging technologies, and science and technology policy. Two main foci of his research are the role of values in science and the epistemic and ethical implications of the social organization of research. A particular focus is the epistemic and ethical implications of current intellectual property and licensing policies in science, especially in biomedicine and agricultural biotechnology. 

  • M.A. and Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, History and Philosophy of Science
  • B.A., University of Dayton, Philosophy
  • B.S., University of Dayton, Physics
Awards and
  • Distinguished Fellow at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (Spring 2014)
Areas of
  • Bioethics
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Ethics Of Emerging Technologies
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Patents
  • Philosophy Of Food
  • Philosophy Of Science
Research Fields:
  • Ethics and Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Inequality and Social Justice
  • International Development
  • PHIL-2010: Intro Philosophy
  • PHIL-3103: Modern Philosophy
  • PHIL-3115: Philosophy of Science
  • PHIL-3127: Sci, Tech & Human Values
  • PHIL-3140: Philosophy of Food
  • PST-3103: Modern Phil
  • PST-3115: Philosophy of Science
  • PST-4174: Perspectives-Sci & Tech
Recent Publications

Journal Articles

  • Inductive risk, epistemic risk, and overdiagnosis of disease
       In: Perspectives on Science [Peer Reviewed]

    March 2016

    © 2016 by The Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Recent philosophers of science have not only revived the classical argument from inductive risk but extended it. I argue that some of the purported extensions do not fit cleanly within the schema of the original argument, and I discuss the problem of overdiagnosis of disease due to expanded disease definitions in order to show that there are some risks in the research process that are important and that very clearly fall outside of the domain of inductive risk. Finally, I introduce the notion of epistemic risk in order to characterize such risks.