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Reutlinger, Alexander

Dr. phil. habil. Alexander Reutlinger

Akademischer Oberrat (a.L.)


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


Further Information

Alexander Reutlinger earned an M.A. in philosophy from the Freie Universität Berlin in 2008, he obtained a Dr. phil. from the University of Cologne in 2011, and he completed his Habilitation in philosophy at LMU Munich in 2017. 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 is (together with Norbert Gratzl) the coordinator of the Master program "Logic and Philosophy of Science" at LMU Munich.

Research Interests

Alexander's research is concerned with topics in philosophy of science and neighboring areas of epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mathematics, ethics and political philosophy.

Alexander's research topics include:

  • Debunking Strategic Science Skepticism (on analyzing and debunking the arguments of science skeptics, including skeptical arguments that exploit reference to evidence, expertise, disagreement and freedom)
  • Scientific Objectivity (on defining objectivity in terms of independence and invariance, and exploring how objectivity relates to justification based on empirical and testimonial evidence)
  • Aspects of Scientific Explanation (non-causal and causal explanations, explanation and understanding, how-possibly explanations)
  • Interpreting Models (idealizations, toy models, computer simulations)
  • Between Explication and Metaphysics of Science (causation, ceteris paribus laws, probabilities)

Further Activities

Alexander received the teaching award (Preis für gute Lehre) for the academic year 2016/17.

 Organization of Conferences and Workshops (selected)

Recent and Forthcoming Publications


Edited Volumes

  • Reutlinger, A. and Saatsi, J. (eds.) (2018) Explanation Beyond Causation. Philosophical Perspectives on Non-Causal Explanations, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Reutlinger, A. and Unterhuber, M. (eds.) (2014) Ceteris Paribus Laws Revisited, Special Issue of Erkenntnis, Volume 79, Issue 10.

Selected Research Papers

Selected Survey Papers

  • Reutlinger, A. (2020): "Strategischer Wissenschaftsskeptizismus", M. Jungert et al. (ed.) Wissenschaftsreflexion. Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven zwischen Philosophie und Praxis, Paderborn: Mentis Verlag, 351-369.
  • Reutlinger, A., and Saatsi, J. (2018) "Introduction: Scientific Explanations Beyond Causation", Reutlinger, A., and Saatsi, J. (eds.), Explanation Beyond Causation. Philosophical Perspectives on Non-Causal Explanations, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 1-11. (Preprint.)
  • Reutlinger, A. (2017) "Kausalität", In Metzler Handbuch Metaphysik, M. Schrenk (Hg.), Metzler Verlag: 306-311. (Preprint, 196 Kb)
  • Reutlinger, A. (2017) "Explanation Beyond Causation? New Directions in the Philosophy of Scientific Explanation", Philosophy Compass, Online First. (Preprint.)
  • 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

Outreach and Communicating Philosophy of Science


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