Dr. Simon Lohse

Dr. Simon Lohse
Dr. Simon Lohse

Simon Lohse(PGP) is a postdoc at CELLS and a member of the Centre for Ethics and Philosophy of Science (former ZEWW) at the Institute of Philosophy. He studied sociology, educational science, political science and philosophy in Hannover. During Michaelmas Term 2013 Simon has been a visitor at the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science at the LSE. He holds a PhD in philosophy of science (based on a thesis on anti-reductionism in the social sciences).

Simon is founder and speaker of the E2LSI Group at CELLS, a co-founder of the LUH reading group on the philosophy of scientific practice, and an elected member of the Committee for Responsibility in Research at LUH. He is primarily interested in epistemic dissent in pluralistic scientific communities (in the social and life sciences) and in questions at the junction of philosophy of science, bioethics and STS in the context of animal-based research in the life sciences.

Third party funded projects:


  • philosophy and ethics of biomedicine/ELSI research (focus: animal-based research/alternative technologies)
  • general philosophy of science (focus: reductionism, meta-philosophy/methodology)
  • philosophy of the social sciences
  • theoretical social philosophy/social ontology

TEACHING (IN 2019/20)


Lohse, S. (2020) Ontological investigations of a pragmatic kind? A Reply to Lauer. Philosophy of the Social Sciences. doi.org/10.1177/0048393120916134.

Lohse. S. 2019. Die Eigenständigkeit des Sozialen. Zur ontologischen Kritik des Individualismus. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.

Hermann, L., Hoppe, N., Kahrass H., Lohse, S., Mertz, M. & Pietschmann, I. 2019. How Ethics, Law and Philosophy of Science Can Help Make Progress in the Development and Use of Alternative Methods, ALTEX - Alternatives to Animal Experimentation 36(4): 681.

Lohse, S., Bschir, K.  & Chang, H. (guest eds.) 2019. Systematicity: The Nature of Science? (Synthese - Special Issue: 196(3)).

Lohse, S. 2017. "Die Multiparadigmatik der Soziologie als Erklärungsgegenstand einer integrierten Wissenschaftsforschung". Zeitschrift für theoretische Soziologie 6(2): 237-246.

Lohse, S. & Reydon, T. (eds.) 2017. Grundriss Wissenschaftsphilosophie: Die Philosophien der Einzelwissenschaften, with an introduction. Hamburg: Meiner.

Lohse, S. & Greve, J. 2017. “Philosophie der Soziologie”, Grundriss  Wissenschaftsphilosophie: Die Philosophien der Einzelwissenschaften, ed. Lohse, S. & Reydon, T. Hamburg: Meiner: 543-582.

Lohse, S. 2017. "Pragmatism, Ontology, and Philosophy of the Social Sciences in Practice", Philosophy of the Social Sciences 47:1, 3-27.

Lohse, S. & Grewal, J. 2015: “Book review: Governing Biobanks: Understanding the Interplay Between Law and Practice’“, SCRIPTed 12:1, 70-74. Online: script-ed.org

Hoyningen-Huene, P. & Lohse, S. 2013. “Kuhn on Scientific Revolutions and Incommensurability”, Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Social Sciences, ed. Kaldis, B. Thousand Oaks [a.o.]: SAGE, 524-528.

Hoyningen-Huene, P. & Lohse, S. 2012. „Die Kuhn´sche Wende”, Handbuch Wissenschaftssoziologie, ed. Maasen, S. et al. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 73-84.

Lohse, S. 2011. „Zur Emergenz des Sozialen bei Niklas Luhmann“, Zeitschrift für Soziologie 40, 190-207.