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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

Alexander's research is primarily concerned with topics in general philosophy of science. His past and present research has addressed topics at the intersection of general philosophy of science and metaphysics, such as various issues regarding causation, (ceteris paribus) laws, and probabilistic laws in the special sciences and in physics.

His more recent and future research mainly concerns

  • non-causal explanations in the natural and social sciences,
  • explanation, understanding, and prediction in the context of computer simulations and idealized toy models, and
  • the connection between emergence, idealization and explanation.


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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)

Recent Grants

  • Juha Saatsi (Leeds), Alexander Reutlinger (MCMP) and Markus Schrenk (Muenster) received a fellowship grant from the Durham Emergence Project. Their project explores the impact of recent (metaphysical) accounts of laws of nature and causation on issues regarding emergence

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

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

Selected Book Reviews