Julian Reiss

Julian Reiss

Institute for Philosophy and Scientific Method, JKU Linz, Austria

Julian Reiss is Professor of Philosophy at Johannes Kepler University Linz (since October 2019) and Head of the Institute of Philosophy and Scientific Method. He held previous appointments at Durham University (2012-19), Erasmus University Rotterdam (2007-12), Complutense University Madrid (2005-7) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (2001-4). 

Reiss read economics and finance at the University of St Gallen and HEC Paris before completing a PhD in the philosophy of science at the LSE. He is the author of Causation, Evidence, and Inference (2015), Philosophy of Economics: A Contemporary Introduction (2013), Error in Economics: Towards a More Evidence-Based Methodology (2008; Erasmus Philosophy International Research Prize), and over 60 papers in leading philosophy and social science journals and edited collections.

In his current research Reiss focuses on questions concerned with the methodological foundations of the sciences (e.g., What sort of property about a fact makes a fact evidence for a hypothesis? When does evidence constitute proof?), the metaphysics of the sciences (e.g., What is the nature of causal relations? How do causal claims and counterfactuals relate?) and the intersection of ethics and science (e.g., How ought science to be organised so that it serves the public good? Where do values enter in science and how can we improve the role they play? What is the proper role of scientific experts in democracy?). His work addresses these questions mainly in the context of the social sciences, especially economics, and of biomedical research.