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Reutlinger, Alexander

Dr. Alexander Reutlinger

Assistant Professor


Mailing Address:
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Fakultät für Philosophie, Wissenschaftstheorie
und Religionswissenschaft
Lehrstuhl für Wissenschaftstheorie
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
80539 München

Ludwigstr. 31
Room 130
80539 München

Office hours:
Office hours by appointment (Room 130)


Further Information

Alexander Reutlinger earned an M.A. in philosophy from the Freie Universität Berlin in 2008, and he obtained a PhD from the University of Cologne in 2011 (advisor: Andreas Hüttemann). Since then Alexander has held positions as a visiting fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science (University of Pittsburgh) and as a postdoctoral research fellow within the research group Causation and Explanation in Cologne (funded by the German Research Council, DFG). In October 2013, Alexander joined the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy at the LMU Munich.

Research Interests

My research is concerned with topics in philosophy of science (general philosophy of science, philosophy of physics, and philosophy of the social sciences) and neighboring areas of epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of mathematics.

My research on (more) general topics includes:

  • aspects of scientific explanation (non-causal and causal explanations, how-possibly explanations, explanation and understanding)
  • causation, laws, probabilities
  • idealizations and toy models
  • computer simulations

My research on issues tied to particular sciences consists in:

  • explanation, idealization, and reduction in statistical mechanics (in particular, w.r.t. phase transitions and universality)
  • causation and time (a)symmetry in physics (aka neo-Russellian themes)
  • idealizations and understanding in econophysics
  • ceteris paribus laws and generalizations in the social and life sciences

Recently developed research interests are:

  • the philosophical analysis of biases in science and society – a project in applied epistemology, philosophy of science, and political philosophy
  • Bayesian and pragmatist/inferentialist perspectives on explanation – a project that aims to improve theories of explanation by drawing on ideas from mainstream (formal) epistemology and philosophy of language


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Further Activities

Editorial Work

  • Alexander and Juha Saatsi are currently co-editing a volume on non-causal explanations entitled "Explanation Beyond Causation".
  • Alexander is the guest editor of the special issue of Erkenntnis "Ceteris Paribus Laws Revisited" (co-editor: Matthias Unterhuber)

 Organization of Conferences and Workshops (selected)

Media and Outreach

Alexander Reutlinger has published "Zur Rebellion gegen die Intellektuellen" in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. He defends the epistemically and politically valuable role of scientific experts and intellectuals in the public domain. His article is a reply to Nassim Nicholas Taleb's essay "Die Wohlwissenden".

Recent and Forthcoming Publications


  • (in progress) Rethinking Scientific Explanation. (Habil-Schrift)
  • (2013) A Theory of Causation in the Biological and Social Sciences, New York: Palgrave Macmillan. For further Details look at the pages on amazon and palgrave.

Edited Volumes

  • (in progress) Explanation Beyond Causation, Oxford University Press, co-edited with Juha Saatsi.
  • (2014) Ceteris Paribus Laws Revisited, Special Issue of Erkenntnis, Volume 79, Issue 10, co-edited with Matthias Unterhuber.

Selected Research Papers

Selected Survey Papers

  • Reutlinger, A. (forthcoming) "Explanation Beyond Causation? New Directions in the Philosophy of Scientific Explanation", Philosophy Compass. (Preprint.)
  • Reutlinger, A., and Saatsi, J. (in progress) "Introduction to the Volume Explanation Beyond Causation", Reutlinger, A., and Saatsi, J. (eds.), Explanation Beyond Causation, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Reutlinger, A. (forthcoming) "Kausalität", In Metzler Handbuch Metaphysik, M. Schrenk (Hg.), Metzler Verlag. (Preprint, 196 Kb)
  • Reutlinger, A. Schurz, G. and Hüttemann, A. (2015) "Ceteris Paribus Laws", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2015 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.).
  • Reutlinger, A., and Unterhuber, M. (2014) "Thinking About Non-Universal Laws", Erkenntnis 79: 1703-1713.
  • Reutlinger, A. Schurz, G. and Hüttemann, A. (2011) “Ceteris Paribus Laws”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2011 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.).

Selected Book Reviews