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Towards a Well-Ordered Science in Biomedical Research

Project Leader: Julian Reiss, Erasmus University Rotterdam and LSE.  

Duration of the Project: Ongoing, since 2004


  • Collaborators in situ:
    • Nancy Cartwright
  • Collaborators at a distance:
    • Philip Kitcher (Columbia University)


  1. Reiss, Julian and Philip Kitcher (2008), 'Neglected Diseases and Well-Ordered Science', Contingency and Dissent Technical Report 06/08, London School of Economics
  2. Reiss, Julian and Philip Kitcher (forthcoming), 'The Global Poor, Neglected Diseases and Well-Ordered Science'.
  3. Reiss, Julian (forthcoming), 'In Favour of a Millian Proposal to Reform Biomedical Research' submitted to Synthese.
  4. Reiss, Julian (forthcoming), 'Empirical Evidence: Its Nature and Sources', Handbook of Philosophy of Social Science (ed. by Ian Jarvie and Jesús Zamora Bonilla), SAGE.
  5. McGoey, Linsey, Julian Reiss and Ayo Wahlberg (eds), The Health Complex: Progress and Pathologies in Global Health Funding and Governance, submitted to be a special issue of BioSocieties.
  6. Reiss, Julian (2009), 'Causation in the Social Sciences: Evidence, Inference, Purpose', Philosophy of the Social Sciences 39(1): 20-40


Events at the Centre

CPNSS Workshop on Philosophy of Science, Genetics and Race, 2 June 2008, Invited guests: Philip Kitcher and John Dupré.

Events elsewhere:

The Science and Politics of Neglected-Disease Research: Philosophical, Bioethical and Sociological Perspectives on International Health Inequalities, 8-9 December 2008, Brocher Centre, Geneva, Switzerland, in co-operation with BIOS and The Fondation Brocher (workshop with c. 40 participants)


Julian Reiss

  1. 'The Contrasts of Causation', Philosophy of Science Conference, Dubrovnik, Crotatia, April (contributed paper)
  2. 'Scientific Causation: Wittgensteinian Pluralism vs Pragmatism', TiLPS workshop, University of Tilburg, February (invited lecture)
  3. 'Heterogeneous Causation', CALCAS (Coordination Action for innovation in Life Cycle Analysis for Sustainability) workshop, Brussels, February (invited lecture)
  4. 'Disunity in science: The case of causation', Nederlandse Vereniging Voor Wetenschapsfilosofie Symposium, Utrecht, November (invited lecture)
  5. 'Causation in the Sciences: Evidence, Inference, Purpose', New York University, US, November (invited lecture)
  6. 'The Philosophy of Causation: Lectures I, II and III', Causality Fortnight, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, September (invited lectures)
  7. 'Pluralism(s) in the Philosophy of Causation', ' Some Comments on Recent work on the PCC' and 'Counterfactuals, Thought Experiments and Singular Causal Inference in History', Summer School on Probabilistic Causality, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, July (invited lectures)