Dr. Simon Lohse

Dr. Simon Lohse
Dr. Simon Lohse

Simon Lohse(PGP) is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for the History of Medicine and Science Studies at the University of Lübeck and a guest researcher at the E2LSI group at CELLS. He studied sociology, educational science, political science and philosophy in Hannover and holds a PhD in philosophy of science. Simon’s current research focuses on epistemic pluralism in the social and health sciences and on questions at the junction of philosophy of science, bioethics and STS in the context of biomedicine.

PI in third party funded projects:

  • Improving Interdisciplinary Knowledge Integration in Public Health Crisis Management (funded by the VW Foundation)
  • From Epistemic Foundations to Legal Frameworks: Mechanisms in the Regulation of Non-animal Methods (part of the scientific network R2N - 'Reduce' and 'Replace' in Lower Saxony, funded by the regional Ministry of Science and Culture)


  • (empirical) philosophy and ELSI of biomedicine
  • philosophy of the social sciences
  • general philosophy of science (focus: reductionism, meta-philosophy/ methodology)
  • social philosophy/ social ontology
  • philosophy and ethics of public health  


Lohse, S. “On the Evolutionary Synthesis of the Social Sciences“.

Lohse, S. & Canali, S. “Challenges to Interdisciplinary Knowledge Integration in Evidence-based Policy: The Case of Covid-19”-

Lohse, S., Hermann, L. & Hoppe, N. “Institutional Factors Influencing Development and Use of Alternative Methods in Basic and Applied Research”.


Lohse, S. & Bschir, K. (2020) “The COVID-19 pandemic: A case for epistemic pluralism in public health policy”. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences (part of the topical collection “Seeing Clearly Through COVID-19: Current and future questions for the history and philosophy of the life sciences”, ed. G. Boniolo & L. Onaga). doi.org/10.1007/s40656-020-00353-8

Lohse, S., Wasmer, M. & Reydon, T. (2020) Integrating Philosophy of Science Into Research on Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in the Life Sciences. Perspectives on Science 28(6): 700-736. doi.org/10.1162/posc_a_00357

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.

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

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.