Eran Tal

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair

Eran Tal
Contact Information

Department of Philosophy, McGill University
Leacock Building
855 Sherbrooke St. W.
Montreal, Quebec H3A 2T7

Email address: 
eran.tal [at]
Leacock 933
Research areas: 
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Measurement
Data Ethics

Eran Tal is Canada Research Chair in Data Ethics. He joined the Philosophy Department at McGill in 2016, after holding fellowships at the University of Cambridge and Bielefeld University. He has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Toronto (2012) and an MA in History and Philosophy of Science from Tel Aviv University (2006). 

Tal’s work deals with the epistemic and ethical dimensions of data collection, data analysis and data use in the sciences. He has contributed to the philosophy of measurement, an area within philosophy of science that deals with the concepts and problems involved in designing, operating and interpreting measurement procedures. His current research projects concern the conceptual foundations of psychometrics, and the ethical and social implications of big data and machine learning algorithms.

Selected publications: 


  • 2019 - 2025 Canada Research Chair in Data Ethics (Tier 2), CAD 600,000
  • 2019 - 2020 "Psychiatric Illness in Canadian Youth: Mobilizing Measurement to Improve Clinical Care", Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives (HBHL) Knowledge Mobilization Grant, CAD 99,733
  • 2017 – 2020 “The Conceptual Foundations of Psychometrics”, Research support for new academics, Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC), CAD 56,000
  • 2014 – 2016 “Economies of Uncertainty: Epistemological Perspectives on the Reform of the Metric System”, Marie Curie Research Fellowship, European Commission, EUR 231,000
  • 2012 – 2014 “Virtual Measurement: Novel Ways of Knowing in the Natural Sciences”, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, EUR 90,000


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