Fakultät für Philosophie, Wissenschaftstheorie
Lehrstuhl für Wissenschaftstheorie
Office hours by appointment (Room 130)
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.
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.
Summer term 2016:
- Vorlesung - Theoretische Philosophie I: Einführung in die Wissenschaftstheorie
- Religionsphilosophie: Glaube, Wissenschaft und Ethik
Winter term 2015/16:
- Philosophy of Religion
- Philosophie, Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft: Begleitseminar zum Münchner Philosophischen Kolloquium
Summer term 2015:
- 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)
- Workshop: "The Physics of Society: Philosophy of Econophysics and Complex Social Systems" (July 22-23, 2016), Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP); co-organizers: Seamus Bradley, Meinard Kuhlmann and Karim Thébault.
- Symposium: "Non-Causal Aspects of Scientific Explanation", (September 23-26, 2015), EPSA 2015, Düsseldorf, co-organizer: Mathias Frisch.
- Workshop “Just Playing? Toy Models in the Sciences” (May 8-9, 2015), Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP); co-organizer: Dominik Hangleiter.
- Symposium on Mathias Frisch’s book “Causal Reasoning in Physics” (February 6, 2015), Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP).
- Symposium “Non-causal Explanations in the Sciences”, Biennal Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association (November 2014, Chicago, USA).
- Conference “Explanation Beyond Causation”, with Stephan Hartmann (October 23-24, 2014), Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP).
- Conference “Causality and Complexity in the Sciences” in the conference series Causality in the Sciences (September 2014, Cologne).
- Workshop “Explaining without Causes. Non-causal Explanations in the Sciences” (December 2013, Cologne).
- Workshop “Emergence, Stability, and Parthood in Biological and Physical Systems”, (June 2013, Cologne).
- Symposium “Laws and Complex Systems”, Biennal Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association (November 2012 in San Diego, USA).
- 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
- (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.
- (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
- (in progress) "Does the Counterfactual Theory of Explanation Apply to Non-Causal Explanations in Metaphysics?"
- (in progress) "Explanation Beyond Causation? New Directions in the Philosophy of Scientific Explanation"
- (in progress) “A Monist Account of Causal and Non-Causal Explanations”, A. Reutlinger and J. Saatsi (eds.), Explanation Beyond Causation, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- (in progress) (with Stephan Hartmann and Dominik Hangleiter) "Understanding (with) Toy Models".
- (forthcoming) "Is There A Monist Theory of Causal and Non-Causal Explanations? The Counterfactual Theory of Scientific Explanation", Philosophy of Science. (Preprint.)
- (forthcoming) (with Karim Thébault and Seamus Bradley) "Modelling Inequality", British Journal for Philosophy of Science. (Preprint.)
- (forthcoming) “Warum Atheisten den methodologischen Atheismus nicht brauchen”, Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung. (Preprint, 156 Kb)
- (forthcoming) “Are Causal Facts Really Explanatorily Emergent? Ladyman and Ross on Higher-level Causal Facts and Renormalization Group Explanation“, Synthese. (Preprint.)
- (2016) “Do Renormalization Group Explanations Conform to the Commonality Strategy?”, Journal for General Philosophy of Science. (Preprint.)
- (2014) “Why Is There Universal Macro-Behavior? Renormalization Group Explanation As Non-causal Explanation.” Philosophy of Science 81: 1157-1170. (Preprint.)
- (2014) (with Matthias Unterhuber) "Thinking About Non-Universal Laws", Erkenntnis 79: 1703-1713.
- (2014) "Do Statistical Laws Solve the 'Problem of Provisos'?", Erkenntnis 79: 1759-1773. (Preprint.)
- (2014) (with Marius Backmann) "Better Best Systems - Too Good to Be True", Dialectica 68: 375-390. (Preprint.)
- (2013) (with Matt Farr) “A Relic of a Bygone Age? Causation, Time Symmetry and the Directionality Argument”, Erkenntnis 78: 215-235. (Preprint.)
- (2013) “Can Interventionists be Neo-Russellians? Interventionism, the Open Systems Argument and the Arrow of Entropy”, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 27(3): 275-295. (Preprint.)
- (2012) “Getting Rid of Interventions”, Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science Part C 43 (4): 787-795. (Preprint.)
- (2011) “A Theory of Non-universal Laws“, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 25, 97-117. (Preprint.)
Selected Survey Papers
- (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.).
- (2011) with Schurz, G. and Hüttemann, A.: “Ceteris Paribus Laws”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2011 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.).