pollokuva_cropI am a naturalistic philosopher of science. My conviction is that it is futile to approach even the most foundational questions in theoretical philosophy without close engagement with the empirical sciences and that a naturalistic philosophy of science approach is usually methodologically more fruitful than conceptual analysis based on the intuitions of a philosopher. I am motivated by problem solving rather than scholarly exegesis. The majority of my research has followed three main lines of inquiry: 1) Methodological issues in the use of models and simulations in the social sciences, 2) Theory of explanation, and 3) Mechanism-based heuristics and interdisciplinary relations.

I received the 2016 Jutikkala Prize for early career achievements in the humanities and the social sciences.
Many thanks to the Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters.

Professor of Social and Moral Philosophy, Department of Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki.

Fellow of Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the
Philosophy of Social Science (


“DSGE models and ad hocness” (w. Aki Lehtinen)
25.9. ENPOSS 2016, University of Helsinki

“(Yet another take on) interventionism and causal exclusion”
14.7. 2016, Causation, mechanisms, levels, University of Cologne.

“Prospects for a theory of evidence for non-quantitative methods”
3.11.2016 Local Knowledge: Expertise, Method, and Value –symposium, PSA 2016, Atlanta.


Kuorikoski, J. & Marchionni, C. (2016) “Evidential Diversity and the Triangulation of Phenomena”, Philosophy of Science 83: 227-247.

Kuorikoski, J. & Ylikoski, P. (2015) “External Representations and Scientific Understanding”, Synthese 192: 3817-3837.

Kuorikoski, J (2014) “How to be a Humean Interventionist”, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 89: 333-351.

Kuorikoski, J & Marchionni, C. (2014) “Philosophy of Economics” in French & Saatsi (eds.) Bloomsbury Companion to the Philosophy of Science: 314-333.

Kuorikoski, J. & Pöyhönen, S. (2013) “Understanding non-modular functionality: lessons from genetic algorithms”, Philosophy of Science 80(5), PSA 2012: 637-649.

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