University of Bergen
Department of Philosophy
Postboks 7805
5020 Bergen

Tel: +47 55 588 960
Fax: +47 55 589 651


I am a full professor at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Bergen and part of the Toppforsk-programme. My PhD is from the University of Bern (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, Coincidence Analysis (CNA), interventionism, mechanistic constitution, non-reductive physicalism, epiphenomenalism, determinism, logical formalization, argument reconstruction/evaluation, modeling in the social sciences, QCA, and the slingshot argument.


  1. New member of the CNA project: Dr. Christoph Falk has joined the CNA project as a researcher. More information about him can be found here.

  2. New paper showcasing the CNA method in the flagship journal of implementation science: R.G. Whitaker, N. Sperber, M. Baumgartner, et al. (2020) Coincidence analysis: a new method for causal inference in implementation science, Implementation Science 15, 108 (2020).

  3. New paper: M. Baumgartner and M. Ambühl (forthcoming), Optimizing Consistency and Coverage in Configurational Causal Modeling, Sociological Methods & Research. Replication material.

  4. New package release: Version 3.0.1 of the cna R package has been released on CRAN: the new version provides various new functionalities for constructing multi-outcome models.

  5. New paper: V.P. Parkkinen and M. Baumgartner (forthcoming), Robustness and Model Selection in Configurational Causal Modeling, Sociological Methods & Research.

  6. New paper: L. Casini and M. Baumgartner (forthcoming), The PC Algorithm and the Inference to Constitution, The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. [penultimate draft]