Dr. Simon Lohse

Dr. Simon Lohse
Dr. Simon Lohse

Simon Lohse was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for the History of Medicine and Science Studies at the University of Lübeck and was a guest researcher at the E2LSI group at CELLS. In addition, Simon is a Research Associate at the African Centre for Epistemology and Philosophy of Science, University of Johannesburg (SA). 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)

Main Areas of Research

  • (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  

Publications (Selection)

Lohse, S. (under review) “Pluralism and epistemic interests: why the social sciences will (probably) not be synthesised by evolutionary theory “, In: Evolutionary Thinking Across Disciplines: Problems and Perspectives in Generalized Darwinism“ ed. Agathe du Crest, Martina Valković, André Ariew, Hugh Desmond, Philippe Huneman & Thomas Reydon. Springer. http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/19649 

Lohse, S. & Canali, S. (2021) "Follow *the* Science? On the Marginal Role of the Social Sciences in the COVID-19 pandemic”. European Journal for Philosophy of Science 11 (99). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13194-021-00416-y

Lohse, S. (2021) “Scientific Inertia in Animal-based Research in Biomedicine”, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 89, 41-51. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsa.2021.06.016


Lohse S. & Bschir, K. (2021) "Wider die Einseitigkeit: Ein Plädoyer für mehr Pluralismus in der öffentlichen Gesundheitspolitik“. Soziopolis. Gesellschaft beobachten

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.