Dr Juha Saatsi

Dr Juha Saatsi

Associate Professor

+44 (0) 113 343 3383

Summary: Philosophy of Science; Philosophy of Physics; Metaphysics of Science; Philosophy of Mathematics.

Juha has been at Leeds since 2007. He mainly works in general philosophy of science, with particular interest in: scientific realism; scientific and mathematical explanation; the nature of scientific theories and models.

See Juha's PERSONAL PAGE for papers and further information.

Research Interests

  • General Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of Physics
  • Metaphysics of Science
  • Philosophy of Mathematics

Funded Projects

  • Scientific Realism Reinvigorated (2018, British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship)
  • Scientific Realism and the Quantum  (2015-17, AHRC major research grant).
  • Emergence and Laws of Nature (2014-15, Templeton Trust Fellowship)


  • Scientific Realism and the Quantum, (co-edited with S. French), Oxford University Press. In progress.
  • Explanation Beyond Causation, (co-edited with A. Reutlinger), Oxford University Press, exp. 2017.
  • The Routledge Handbook of Scientific Realism (editor), Routledge, exp. 2017.
  • The Continuum Companion to the Philosophy of Science (co-edited with S. French), Continuum Publishing, 2011.
  • On Structural Foundations of Quantum Gravity, (co-edited with S. French and D. Rickles), Oxford University Press, 2006. 

Selected Articles

  • Explanatory Abstractions, (with L. Jansson), British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (forthcoming).
  • Dynamical Systems Theory and Explanatory Indispensability, Philosophy of Science (forthcoming).
  • Symmetries and Explanatory Dependencies in Physics, (with S. French), Explanation Beyond Causation, A. Reutlinger & J. Saatsi (eds), Oxford University Press, 2017
  • On the "Indispensable Explanatory Role" of Mathematics, Mind (forthcoming).
  • What is theoretical progress of science?, Synthese, forthcoming.
  • Replacing recipe realism, Synthese, First Online.
  • Inference to the best explanation in science and metaphysics, Metaphysics and Philosophy of Science, M. Slater and Z. Yudell (eds), Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
  • On explanations from "geometry of motion", British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Advance Access.
  • Historical inductions, old and new, Synthese, First Online.
  • Models, Idealisations, and Realism, in Models and Inferences in Science, E. Ippoliti, et al. (eds), Springer, 2016.
  • Structuralism with and without causation’, Synthese, First Online.
  • Inconsistency and realism, Synthese, 191, 2941-2955, 2014.
  • Reassessing Woodward's account of explanation: regularities, counterfactuals, and non-causal explanations, (with M. Pexton), Philosophy of Science, 80, 613–624, 2013.
  • Mathematics and Program Explanations, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 90, 579-84, 2012.
  • Scientific Realism and Historical Evidence: Shortcomings of the Current State of Debate, EPSA Epistemology and Methodology of Science, Springer, 2012.
  • Idealized models as inferentially veridical representations, Models, Simulations, and Representations,
    C. Imbert & P. Humphreys (eds), Routledge, 2011.
  • The enhanced indispensability argument: representational vs. explanatory role of mathematics in science, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 62, 143-154, 2011.
  • Miraculous Success: Inconsistency and Untruth in Kirchhoff's Diffraction Theory, (with P. Vickers) The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 62, 29–46, 2011.
  • Form vs. Content-driven Arguments for Realism, New Waves in Philosophy of Science, Palgrave, P.D. Magnus and J. Busch (eds), Palgrave Macmillan, 8–28, 2009.
  • Living in Harmony: Nominalism and the Explanationist Argument for Realism, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 21, 19-33, 2007.
  • Reconsidering the Fresnel-Maxwell case study', Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 36, 509-38, 2005.
  • Ramseyfication and Theoretical Content, (with J. Melia) The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 57, 561-85, 2006.

Research Supervision

 I am especially keen to supervise research students working in the following areas:

  • Scientific realism/anti-realism
  • Scientific and mathematical explanation
  • Metaphysics of science (laws of nature, causation, reduction)
  • Issues connected to the role of mathematics and models in science
  • Selected issues in philosophy of physics

Research Students

  • Simon Newey, 'Realism, Probability, and Quantum Mechanics', (2015– ; co-supervised with S. French)
  • Douglas Earl, 'Modelling Interactions in QED', (2015– ; co-supervised with S. French)
  • Jordan Bartol, 'Philosophical perspectives on proteins' (2012–15; co-supervised with G. Radick)
  • Vasiliki Nassiopoulou, 'Supervenience and the ontology of spacetime' (2010–11; co-supervised with S. French).
  • Dave Race, 'Applicability of mathematics' (2010–14 ; co-supervised with S. French).
  • Mark Pexton, 'Non-causal explanation in science' (2009–13).