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Michael C. Baumgartner

Professor

I am a full professor at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Bergen. My PhD is from the University of Bern, Switzerland (2005). I work on questions in the philosophy of science and the philosophy of logic, in particular, on causation, mechanistic constitution, and logical formalization. My publications include an introduction to the philosophy of causation entitled "Kausalitaet und kausales Schliessen" (2004) and numerous papers on causation, causal reasoning, regularity theories, interventionism, mechanistic constitution, non-reductive physicalism, epiphenomenalism, determinism, logical formalization, argument reconstruction/evaluation, modeling in the social sciences, QCA, and the slingshot argument.

Articles (peer-reviewed)

M. Baumgartner and C. Falk (2019), Boolean Difference-Making: A Modern Regularity Theory of Causation, The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, doi: 10.1093/bjps/axz047. Online supplementary material[penultimate draft]

M. Baumgartner and M. Ambühl (2018), Causal Modeling with Multi-Value and Fuzzy-Set Coincidence AnalysisPolitical Science Research and Methods. Replication material at https://doi.org/10.7910/DVN/YIEAF1[penultimate draft]

M. Baumgartner, L. Casini, and B. Krickel (2018), Horizontal Surgicality and Mechanistic ConstitutionErkenntnis, doi: 10.1007/s10670-018-0033-5. [penultimate draft]

M. Baumgartner (2018), The Inherent Empirical Underdetermination of Mental CausationThe Australasian Journal of Philosophy96, 335-350, doi: 10.1080/00048402.2017.1328451.

M. Baumgartner and W. Wilutzky (2017), Is It Possible to Experimentally Determine the Extension of Cognition?Philosophical Psychology30, 1104-1125, doi: 10.1080/09515089.2017.1355453. [penultimate draft]

M. Baumgartner (2017), The Inherent Empirical Underdetermination of Mental CausationThe Australasian Journal of Philosophy, doi: 10.1080/00048402.2017.1328451.

M. Baumgartner and A. Thiem (2017), Often Trusted But Never (Properly) Tested: Evaluating Qualitative Comparative AnalysisSociological Methods & Research, doi: 10.1177/0049124117701487.

M. Baumgartner and L. Casini (2017), An Abductive Theory of ConstitutionPhilosophy of Science84, 214-233, doi: 10.1086/690716 [penultimate draft]

A. Thiem and M. Baumgartner (2016), Modeling Causal Irrelevance in Evaluations of Configurational Comparative MethodsSociological Methodology46, 345-357, doi: 10.1177/0081175016654736.

A. Thiem and M. Baumgartner (2016), Back to Square One: A Reply to Munck, Paine and SchneiderComparative Political Studies49, 801-806.

A. Thiem, M. Baumgartner and D. Bol (2016), Still Lost in Translation! A Correction of Three Misunderstandings Between Configurational Comparativists and Regressional AnalystsComparative Political Studies49, 742-774.

M. Baumgartner and A. Gebharter (2016), Constitutive Relevance, Mutual Manipulability, and Fat-HandednessThe British Journal for the Philosophy of Science67, 731-756. [penultimate draft]

M. Baumgartner and A. Thiem (2015), Model Ambiguities in Configurational Comparative ResearchSociological Methods & Research, doi: 10.1177/0049124115610351.

M. Baumgartner and A. Thiem (2015), Identifying Complex Causal Dependencies in Configurational Data with Coincidence AnalysisThe R Journal7, 176-184. [penultimate draft]

M. Baumgartner (2015), Parsimony and CausalityQuality & Quantity49, 839-856. [penultimate draft]

M. Baumgartner (2014), Exhibiting Interpretational and Representational ValiditySynthese191, 1349-1373. [penultimate draft]

M. Baumgartner and R. Epple (2014), A Coincidence Analysis of a Causal Chain: The Swiss Minaret VoteSociological Methods & Research43, 280-312. [penultimate draft]

M. Baumgartner (2013), A Regularity Theoretic Approach to Actual CausationErkenntnis78, 85-109. [penultimate draft]

M. Baumgartner and I. Drouet (2013), Identifying Intervention VariablesEuropean Journal for Philosophy of Science3, 183-205. [penultimate draft]

M. Baumgartner (2013), Rendering Interventionism and Non-Reductive Physicalism CompatibleDialectica67, 1-27. [penultimate draft]

M. Baumgartner (2013), Detecting Causal Chains in Small-NDataField Methods25, 3-24. [penultimate draft]M. Baumgartner and L. Glynn (2013), Introduction to Special Issue of Erkenntnison 'Actual Causation'Erkenntnis78, 1-8.

M. Baumgartner (2012), The Logical Form of InterventionismPhilosophia40, 751-761. [penultimate draft]

U. Hofmann and M. Baumgartner (2011), Determinism and the Method of DifferenceTheoria26, 155-176.

M. Baumgartner (2010), Shallow Analysis and the Slingshot ArgumentJournal of Philosophical Logic39, 531-556. [penultimate draft]

M. Baumgartner (2010), Interventionism and EpiphenomenalismCanadian Journal of Philosophy40, 359-383. [penultimate draft]

T. Lampert and M. Baumgartner (2010), The Problem of Validity ProofsGrazer Philosophische Studien80, 79-109. [penultimate draft]

M. Baumgartner (2010), Causal SlingshotsErkenntnis72, 111-133. [penultimate draft]

M. Baumgartner (2009), Uncovering Deterministic Causal Structures: A Boolean ApproachSynthese170, 71-96. [Springer Nature SharedIt][penultimate draft]

M. Baumgartner (2009), Interdefining Causation and InterventionDialectica63, 175-194. [penultimate draft]

M. Baumgartner (2009), Interventionist Causal Exclusion and Non-reductive PhysicalismInternational Studies in the Philosophy of Science23, 161-178. [penultimate draft]

M. Baumgartner (2009), Inferring Causal ComplexitySociological Methods & Research38, 71-101. [penultimate draft]

M. Baumgartner (2008), Regularity Theories ReassessedPhilosophia36, 327-354. [penultimate draft]

M. Baumgartner (2008), The Causal Chain ProblemErkenntnis69, 201-226. [Springer Nature SharedIt][penultimate draft]

M. Baumgartner and T. Lampert (2008), Adequate FormalizationSynthese164, 93-115. [penultimate draft]

Articles (invited)

M. Baumgartner (forthcoming), Causation, in: Handbook of Political Science – A Global Perspective, ed. by D. Berg-Schlosser, B. Badie, and L. Morlino, SAGE, London.

M. Baumgartner and M. Ambühl (2019), cna: An R Package for Configurational Causal Inference and Modeling. R package vignette: The Comprehensive R Archive Network. https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/cna/vignettes/cna_vignette.pdf.

A. Thiem and M. Baumgartner (2016), Glossary for Configurational Comparative Methods, Version 1.0. In: Thiem, Alrik. QCApro: Professional Functionality for Performing and Evaluating Qualitative Comparative Analysis, R Package Version 1.1-0. URL: http://cran.r-project.org/package=QCApro.

M. Baumgartner (2010), Informal Reasoning and Logical Formalization, in: Ding und Begriff, ed. by S. Conrad and S. Imhof, Ontos Verlag, Frankfurt.

M. Baumgartner (2007), Probleme einer theoretischen Analyse der Kausalrelation, in: N. Kersten u. U. Rose, Kausales Schliessen auf der Grundlage von Beobachtungsstudien, BAUA, Dortmund, 16-34.

M. Baumgartner (2006), 'Kausalität', in: Neues Handbuch philosophischer Grundbegriffe, hg. v. Armin G. Wildfeuer und Petra Kolmer, Karl Alber.Software

Software

M. Ambuehl and M. Baumgartner. (2019), cnaOpt: Optimizing Consistency and Coverage in Configurational Causal Modeling. R package version 0.1.0. URL: http://cran.r-project.org/package=cnaOpt.

M. Ambuehl and M. Baumgartner. (2019), cna: Causal Modeling with Coincidence Analysis. R package version 2.2.1. URL: http://cran.r-project.org/package=cna.

Monographs

M. Baumgartner and G. Grasshoff, Kausalität und kausales Schliessen. Eine Einführung mit interaktiven Übungen, Bern Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science, Bern, 2004.

M. Baumgartner, Complex Causal Structures. Extensions of a Regularity Theory of Causation, PhD-thesis, University of Bern, 2006.

Special Journal Issue

M. Baumgartner and L. Glynn (eds.), Actual Causation, special issue of Erkenntnis, vol. 78, issue 1 supplement, 2013.

Book reviews

M. Baumgartner (2017), Reasons Without Argument. Review of "Reasons Why" by Bradford Skow, Metascience. [Springer Nature SharedIt]

M. Baumgartner (2017), Review of "Ockham's Razors. A User's Manual" by Elliott Sober, The Australasian Journal of Philosophy. [penultimate draft]

  • 2020. Often Trusted but Never (Properly) Tested: Evaluating Qualitative Comparative Analysis. Sociological Methods & Research. 279-311.
  • 2019. Optimizing Consistency and Coverage in Configurational Causal Modeling.
  • 2019. Causation. 17 sider.
  • 2019. Boolean Difference-Making: A Modern Regularity Theory of Causation. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.
  • 2018. cna: Causal Modeling with Coincidence Analysis.
  • 2018. The Inherent Empirical Underdetermination of Mental Causation. Australasian Journal of Philosophy. 335-350.
  • 2018. Horizontal Surgicality and Mechanistic Constitution. Erkenntnis: An International Journal of Scientific Philosophy. 14 sider.
  • 2018. Causal modeling with multi-value and fuzzy-set Coincidence Analysis. Political Science Research and Methods. 1-17.
  • 2017. Is it possible to experimentally determine the extension of cognition? Philosophical Psychology. 1104-1125.

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