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Professor Julian Reiss, lic. oec. HSG, PhD (University of London)

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Professor/Director of CHESS Centre in the Department of Philosophy

(email at julian.reiss@durham.ac.uk)

Office Hours

Tuesday: 12pm - 3pm

Research Groups

Department of Philosophy

  • History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine

Research Projects

Department of Philosophy

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of Economics
  • Philosophy of Medicine
  • Scientific methods, in particular modelling, experimentation, simulation, thought experiments, regression analysis
  • Causality and evidence
  • Organisation of scientific inquiry

Selected Publications

Authored book

  • Reiss, Julian (2015). Causation, Evidence, and Inference. Routledge.
  • Reiss, Julian (2013). Philosophy of Economics: A Contemporary Introduction. Routledge.
  • Reiss, Julian (2008). Error in Economics: Towards a More Evidence–Based Methodology. Routledge.

Chapter in book

  • Reiss, Julian & Ankeny, Rachel (2016). Philosophy of Medicine. In Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Zalta, Edward N. Stanford: Metaphysics Research Lab, Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford University.
  • Reiss, Julian & Sprenger, Jan (2014). Scientific Objectivity. In Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Zalta, Ed Stanford: CSLI.
  • Reiss, Julian (2014). Struggling over the Soul of Economics: Objectivity versus Expertise. In Experts and Consensus in Social Science. Boumans, Marcel & Martini, Carlo New York: Springer. 50: 131-152.
  • Reiss, Julian & Teira, David (2013). Causality, Impartiality and Evidence-Based Policy. In Towards the Methodological Turn in the Philosophy of Science: Mechanism and Causality in Biology and Economics. Chao, Hsiang-Ke, Chen, Szu-Ting & Millstein, Roberta New York: Springer. 207-24.
  • Reiss, Julian (2013). Models, Representation, and Economic Practice. In Models, Simulations and the Reduction of Complexity. Wolf, Jörg-Henning & Gähde, Ulrich Hamburg: DeGruyter.
  • Reiss, Julian (2013). Philosophy of Economics, History of. In Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Social Sciences. Kaldis, Byron Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. 2: 718-21.
  • Reiss, Julian (2012). Counterfactuals. In Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Social Science. Kincaid, Harold Oxford: Oxford University Press. 154-83.
  • Reiss, Julian (2012). Genealogical Thought Experiments in Economics. In Thought Experiments in Science, Philosophy, and the Arts. Brown, James Robert Frappier, Mélanie & Meynell, Letitia New York: Routledge. 177-90.
  • Reiss, Julian (2011). Empirical Evidence: Its Nature and Sources. In Handbook of Philosophy of Social Science. Jarvie, Ian & Bonilla, Jesús Zamora SAGE Publications. 551-76.
  • Reiss, Julian (2011). Third Time’s a Charm: Causation, Science and Wittgensteinian Pluralism. In Causality in the Sciences. Illari, Phyllis McKay, Russo, Federica & Williamson, Jon Oxford: Oxford University Press. 907-27.
  • Reiss, Julian (2010). Simulation. In Enzyklopädie Philosophie. Sandkühler, Hans Jörg Hamburg: Felix Meiner.
  • Reiss, Julian (2008). Explanation. In New Palgrave’s Dictionary of Economics. Blume, Larry & Durlauf, Steve Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Reiss, Julian (2008). Social Capacities. In Nancy Cartwright’s Philosophy of Science. Hartmann, Stephan & Bovens, Luc London: Routledge. 265-88.
  • Reiss, Julian (2007). Time Series, Nonsense Correlations and the Principle of the Common Cause. In Causality and Probability in the Sciences. Russo, Federica & Williamson, Jon London: College Publications. 179-96.
  • Reiss, Julian (2006). Reprint of Natural Economic Quantities and Their Measurement. In Recent Developments in Economic Methodology. Davis, John Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Reiss, Julian (2005). Causality and Economic Methodology. In Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology. Biddle, Jeff E., Emmett, Ross B. & Samuels, Warren J. JAI Press Inc. 23-A: 173-82.
  • Reiss, Julian (2005). The Contingency of Theories of Causality: Comments on Paul Humphreys (in Spanish). In Enrahonar: Quaderns de Filosofìa 37 (special issue Causalidad y Explicación: En Homenaje a Wesley Salmon. Hoefer, Carl & Diez, José Barcelona: The Autonomous University Press. 35-44.
  • Reiss, Julian & Cartwright, Nancy (2004). Uncertainty in Econometrics: Evaluating Policy Counterfactuals. In Economic Policy Making under Uncertainty: The Role of Truth and Accountability in Policy Advice. Mooslechner, Peter, Schubert, Helene & Schütz, Martin Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. 204-32.

Journal Article

  • Reiss, Julian (2016). Suppes’ probabilistic theory of causality and causal inference in economics. Journal of Economic Methodology 23(3): 289-304.
  • Reiss, Julian (2015). A Pragmatist Theory of Evidence. Philosophy of Science 82(3): 341-362.
  • Reiss, Julian (2015). Two Approaches to Reasoning From Evidence or What Econometrics Can Learn From Biomedical Research. Journal of Economic Methodology 22(3): 373-390.
  • Reiss, Julian (2014). What's Wrong With Our Theories of Evidence? THEORIA: An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science 29(2): 283-306
  • Reiss, Julian (2013). Contextualising Causation: Part I. Philosophy Compass 8(11): 1066-1075.
  • Reiss, Julian (2013). Contextualising Causation: Part II. Philosophy Compass 8(11): 1076-1090.
  • Reiss, Julian (2013). The Explanation Paradox Redux. Journal of Economic Methodology 20(3): 280-292.
  • Reiss, Julian (2012). Causation in the sciences: an inferentialist account. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 43(4): 769-777.
  • (2012). Causation: An Inferentialist Account. Studies in the History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 43(4): 769-77.
  • Reiss, Julian (2012). Idealization and the Aims of Economics: Three Cheers for Instrumentalism. Economics and Philosophy 28(3): 363-383.
  • Reiss, Julian, Illari, Phyllis McKay & Russo, Federica (2012). Introduction: Causality in the Biomedical and Social Sciences. Studies in the History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 43(4): 758-60.
  • Reiss, Julian (2012). The Explanation Paradox. Journal of Economic Methodology 19(1): 43-62.
  • Reiss, Julian (2011). A Plea for (Good) Simulations: Nudging Economics Toward an Experimental Science. Simulation & Gaming 42(2): 243-64.
  • Reiss, Julian, Solomon, Miriam & Teira, David (2011). Mechanisms, continental approaches, trials, and evolutionary medicine: New work in the philosophy of medicine. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 32(1): 1-4.
  • Reiss, Julian, McGoey, Linsey & Wahlberg, Ayo (2011). The global health complex. BioSocieties
  • Reiss, Julian (2011). Theory, generalisations from cases and methodological maxims in evidence-based economics: Responses to the reviews by DiNardo, Guala and Kincaid. Journal of Economic Methodology 18(1): 93-6.
  • Reiss, Julian (2010). In Favour of a Millian Proposal to Reform Biomedical Research. Synthese 177(3): 427-447.
  • Reiss, Julian & Kitcher, Philip (2009). Biomedical Research, Neglected Diseases, and Well-Ordered Science. Theoria 24(3): 263-82.
  • Reiss, Julian (2009). Causation in the Social Sciences: Evidence, Inference, Purpose. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 39(1): 20-40.
  • Reiss, Julian (2009). Counterfactuals, Thought Experiments and Singular Causal Inference in History. Philosophy of Science 76(5): 712-23.
  • Reiss, Julian (2009). Do We Need Mechanisms in the Social Sciences? Philosophy of the Social Sciences 37(2): 163.
  • Reiss, Julian (2009). Rejoinder. Economics and Philosophy 25(02): 210.
  • Reiss, Julian & Frigg, Roman (2009). The Philosophy of Simulation: How New Issues or Same Old Stew? Synthese 169(3): 593-613.
  • Reiss, Julian, Teira, David & Bonilla, Jesús Zamora (2008). What’s New in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences?: Guest Editors’ Introduction. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 38(3): 311.
  • Reiss, Julian & Caldwell, Bruce (2006). Hayek, Logic and the Naturalistic Fallacy. Journal of the History of Economic Thought 28(03): 359-370.
  • Reiss, J. (2005). Causal Instrumental Variables and Interventions. Philosophy of Science 72: 964-976.
  • Reiss, Julian (2004). Evidence-Based Economics: Issues and Some Preliminary Answers. Analyse and Kritik 26: 346-63.
  • Reiss, Julian (2001). Natural Economic Quantities and Their Measurement. Journal of Economic Methodology 8(2): 287-311
  • Reiss, Julian (2000). Mathematics in Economics: Schmoller, Menger and Jevons. Journal of Economic Studies 27(4-5): 477-491.

Edited Journal

  • Reiss, Julian, Illari, Phyllis McKay & Russo, Federica (2012). Causality in the Biomedical and Social Sciences. Studies in the History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Special Issue, 43 (4).
  • Reiss, Julian, Solomon, Miriam & Teira, David (2011). New Work in the Philosophy of Medicine. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, Special Issue, 32 (1).
  • Reiss, Julian, McGoey, Linsey & Wahlberg, Ayo (2011). The Health Complex: Progress and Pathologies in Global Health Funding and Governance. BioSocieties, Special Issue, 6 (1).

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