Project Members

Prof. Dr. Jaakko Kuorikoski

Team leader is Associate Professor of New Social Research Jaakko Kuorikoski, philosopher of science with a special focus on scientific explanation, modelling, and mechanistic research heuristics in economics and other social science.

Contact Information

Portrait von Professor Jaakko Erkinpoika Kuorikoski
  • Faculty of Social Sciences (SOC)
  • Associate Professor of New Social Research
  • University of Tampere
  • Linna Building
  • 33014 TAMPEREEN YLIOPISTO, Finland

Academic Positions

  • Associate Professor of New Social Research at University of Tampere
  • Professor of Social and Moral Philosophy, Department of Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki (50%, -31.12.2017)
  • Research Fellow of Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of Social Science (50%, -31.12.2017)


  • PhD (in theoretical philosophy) 14.9.2010, University of Helsinki Society by Numbers: Studies on Model-Based Explanations in the Social Sciences, grade: laudatur (highest possible), opponent: Harold Kincaid
  • MA (in theoretical philosophy) 2002, University of Helsinki
  • Title of Docent (Social and moral philosophy), University of Helsinki , 30.9.2014.


  • I am a PI for a work package in a ERA-NET Neuron ELSA consortium “INSOSCI: The integration of cross-disciplinary research in neuroscience and social science – a methodological case study on economic policies and the neuroscience of agency” (with Witten/Herdecke and UCLouvain) 2016-2018.
  • In addition, I have been a key member in the team writing the successful application for the Centre of Excellence status for TINT as well as a number of smaller (mostly successful) applications, such as the academy project application “Models and Simulations in and Across the Social Sciences” (PI Uskali Mäki), “Philosophical foundations of analytical social science” from the University of Helsinki research funds (PI Petri Ylikoski), and the workshop of science application “The Market and Marketization” for the Finnish Cultural Foundation ( (PI Uskali Mäki).
  • A three year grant for PhD research on Scientific Explanation and Causality (Finnish Cultural Foundation, 2003)
  • A four month grant from Foundation for Economic Education for research in the methodology of business and administration research (2002)

Relevant Publications


  • Kuorikoski, J. & Marchionni, C. (forthcoming) “Triangulation across the lab, the scanner and the field: the case of social preferences” European Journal for Philosophy of Science.
  • 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. & Marchionni, C. (2014) “Unification And Mechanistic Detail As Drivers Of Model Construction: Models Of Networks In Economics And Sociology”, Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science A 48: 97-104.
  • Kuorikoski, J. (2014) “How to be a Humean Interventionist”, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 89: 333-351.
  • Kuorikoski, J. & Pöyhönen, S. (2013) “Understanding non-modular functionality: lessons from genetic algorithms”, Philosophy of Science 80(5), PSA 2012: 637-649.
  • Kuorikoski, J. (2012a) “Contrastive Statistical Explanation and Causal Heterogeneity”, European Journal for the Philosophy of Science 2: 435-452.
  • Kuorikoski, J. (2012b) “Mechanisms, Modularity and Constitutive Explanation”, Erkenntnis 77 (3): 361-380.
  • Kuorikoski, J., Lehtinen, A. & Marchionni, C. (2012) "Robustness Analysis Disclaimer: Please Read the Manual Before Use!", Biology and Philosophy 27 (6): 891-902.
  • Kuorikoski J. & Pöyhönen, S. (2012) "Looping Kinds and Social Mechanisms", Sociological Theory 30: 187-205.
  • Kuorikoski, J. (2011a), “Manipulaatio ja kausaalinen selittäminen: von Wright logiikan vankina” [Manipulation and causation: von Wright imprisoned by logic], Tiede ja Edistys 36 (4): 265-276.
  • Kuorikoski, J. and Ylikoski, P. (2010), “Explanatory Relevance across Disciplinary Boundaries: The Case of Neuroeconomics”, Journal of Economic Methodology 17: 219-228. Reprinted in Neuroeconomics: Hype or Hope?. Marchionni, C. & Vromen, J. (eds.). Routledge: 119-128.
  • Kuorikoski, J. & Lehtinen, A. (2010) “Economics Imperialism and Solution Concepts in Political Science”, Philosophy of the Social Sciences 40: 347-374.
  • Kuorikoski, J., Lehtinen, A. & Marchionni, C. (2010) “Economic Modeling as Robustness Analysis”, The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 61: 541-567.
  • Ylikoski, Y. & Kuorikoski, J. (2010) “Dissecting Explanatory Power", Philosophical Studies 148: 201-219.
  • Kuorikoski, J. & Pöyhönen, S. (2010) “Ihmistieteelliset luokitukset ja sosiaalisen todellisuuden takaisinkytkentämekanismit” [Human kinds and the feedback mechanisms of social reality], Tiede & Edistys 34(4): 271-289.
  • Kuorikoski, J. (2009) "Two Concepts of Mechanism”, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 23: 143-160.
  • Kuorikoski, J. & Lehtinen, A. (2009) "Incredible Worlds, Credible Results", Erkenntnis 70: 119-131.
  • Kakkuri-Knuuttila, M-L., Lukka, K & Kuorikoski, J. (2008a) “Straddling between paradigms: A naturalistic philosophical case study on interpretive research in management accounting”, Accounting, Organizations and Society 33: 267-291.
  • Kakkuri-Knuuttila, M-L., Lukka, K & Kuorikoski, J. (2008b) “No premature closures of debates, please: A response to Ahrens”, Accounting, Organizations and Society 33: 298-301.
  • Kuorikoski, J: & Ylikoski, P. (2007) ”Emergenssi – mysteeristä tutkimusohjelmaksi” [Emergence – from a mystery to a research problem], Tiede ja edistys 32: 297-313.
  • Lehtinen, A. & Kuorikoski, J. (2007a) “Computing the perfect model - why do economists shun simulation?” (w. Aki Lehtinen), Philosophy of Science 74: 304-329.
  • Lehtinen, A. & Kuorikoski, J. (2007b) ”Unrealistic Assumptions in Rational Choice Theory”, Philosophy of the Social Sciences 32: 115-138.
  • Kuorikoski, J. & Ylikoski, P. (2006) ”Kausaliteetti ja kriittinen realismi” [Causality and critical realism], Sosiologia 43: 1-13.


  • Ylikoski, P. & Kuorikoski, J. (2016) “Self-interest, Norms, and Explanation” in Risjord, M. ed. Normativity and Naturalism, Routledge: 212-229.
  • Kuorikoski, J. & Ylikoski, P. (2013) “How Organization Explains”, in EPSA11 Perspectives and Foundational Problems in Philosophy of Science. Ed. Vassilios Karakostas and Dennis Dieks. Dordrecht: Springer: 69-80.
  • Kuorikoski, J & Ylikoski, P. (2012) “How to be critical and realist about economics”, in Lehtinen, Kuorikoski and Ylikoski (eds.) (2012): 255-273.
  • Kuorikoski, J. (2012c) “Simulation and the Sense of Understanding”, in P. Humphreys and C. Imbert (eds.), Models, Simulations and Representations, New York and London: Routledge: 168-187.
  • Knuuttila, T. & Kuorikoski, J. (2011) “Idealized Representations, Inferential Devices and Cross-Disciplinary Tools: Theoretical Models in Social Sciences”, in Jarvie, I. & Zamora Bonilla, J. (eds.), The Sage Handbook of Philosophy of Social Science¸ Sage: 530-550.
  • Kuorikoski, J. & Ylikoski, P. (2008) “Intentional Fundamentalism", in. Hieke, A. & Leitgeb, H. (eds.): Reduction and Elimination in Philosophy and the Sciences - Papers of the 31st International Wittgenstein Symposium, Vol XVI, Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria: Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society: 405-407.
  • Kuorikoski, J. (2007a) ”Explaining with equilibria”, in Persson, J. & Ylikoski, P. (eds.): Rethinking Explanation, Dordrecht: Springer: 149-162.


  • Kuorikoski, J. (2016) ”The Empirical Counter-Revolution” in McIntrye, L. & Rosenberg, A. (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Social Science. Routledge.
  • Ylikoski, P. & Kuorikoski, J. (2014) ”Käyttäytymisgenetiikka ja kausaliteetti” [Behavioural genetics and causality] in Antti Latvala and Karri Silventoinen (eds.) Käyttäytymisgenetiikka- geeneistä yhteiskuntaan, Helsinki: Gaudeamus.
  • Kuorikoski, J & Marchionni, C. (2014) “Philosophy of Economics” in French & Saatsi (eds.) Bloomsbury Companion to the Philosophy of Science, Bloomsbury: 314-333.
  • Kuorikoski, J. & Lehtinen, A. (2013) “Markkinatasapaino ja markkinamekanismi” [Market mechanism and market equilibrium] in Niiniluoto, Kuorikoski and Vilkko (eds.).
  • Kuorikoski, J. (2007b) “Vain tekemällä saa aikaan – huomioita kausaalisesta pluralismista”, in Gylling, Niiniluoto and Vilkko (eds.), Syy, Helsinki: Gaudeamus.
  • Kuorikoski, J. (2006) “Syyt ja vaikutukset kvantitatiivisessa liiketaloustieteellisessä tutkimuksessa” [Causes and effects in quantitative business and administration research] in Kakkuri-Knuuttila, Rolin & Henttunen (eds.), Soveltava yhteiskuntatiede ja filosofia, Helsinki: Gaudeamus 2006.


  • Niiniluoto, I., Kuorikoski, J & Vilkko, R. (eds.) (2013): Talouden filosofia [Philosophy of the economy], Gaudeamus Helsinki University Press.
  • Lehtinen, A., Kuorikoski, J. & Ylikoski, P. (eds.) (2012): Economics for Real: Uskali Mäki and The Place of Truth in Economics, London and New York: Routledge.


  • Kuorikoski, J. (2010): Society by Numbers: Studies on Model-Based Explanations in the Social Sciences [dissertation], Philosophical Studies from the University of Helsinki 31.


  • “Review of Lawrence A. Boland’s Model building in economics: its purposes and limitations”, Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics 8: 111-116.
  • “Economics as Hermeneutics: Rationality and Explanation in Economics by Maurice Lagueux.”, Economics and Philosophy 27 (2011): 203-208.
  • “Variations in Causal Reasoning: A review of Federica Russo’s Causality and Causal Modelling in the Social Sciences: Measuring Variations”, Journal of Economic Methodology 18 (2011): 301-305.
  • ”Reality’s Next Top Model? – Review of Uwe Meixner’s Modelling Metaphysics”, Metascience 20 (2011): 381-383.
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