Uskali Mäki

Academy Professor, Academy of Finland

Professor of Practical Philosophy, University of Helsinki

Director of the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the
Philosophy of the Social Sciences

Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Johannesburg,
African Centre for Epistemology and Philosophy of Science [ACEPS]

Former Professor and Director at Erasmus Institute for Philosophy
and Economics [EIPE], Erasmus University of Rotterdam (1995-2006)
Former Editor of Journal of Economic Methodology [JEM](1996-2005)
Former Chair of the International Network for Economic Method [INEM]



Areas of interest and expertise

Philosophy of science, Philosophy of economics, Models, Scientific realism, Interdisciplinarity, Economic methodology, Social studies of science, Social ontology, Rhetoric of inquiry


Recent and forthcoming publications

Mäki, U., MacLeod, M., Merz, M., & Nagatsu, M. (Forthcoming). Interdisciplinary approaches in the study of interdisciplinarity [Special issue]. Perspectives on Science: Philosophical, Historical, Sociological.

Mäki, Uskali; Fernández Pinto, Manuela & Walsh, Adrian (Eds.) (2018). Scientific Imperialism: Exploring the Boundaries of Interdisciplinarity. Routledge.

Mäki, U., Walsh, A., & Fernández Pinto, M. (2018). Introduction: Core issues in scientific imperialism. In U. Mäki, M. Fernández Pinto, & A. Walsh (Eds.), Scientific Imperialism: Exploring the Boundaries of Interdisciplinarity. Routledge

Salmela, Mikko and Mäki, Uskali (2018). Disciplinary Emotions in Interdisciplinary Interaction. In U. Mäki, M. Fernández Pinto, & A. Walsh (Eds.), Scientific Imperialism: Exploring the Boundaries of Interdisciplinarity. Routledge

Mäki, Uskali (2017). Modelling Failure. In Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science ‐ Proceedings of the 15th International Congress (Helsinki). Ilkka Niiniluoto, Päivi Seppälä, Elliott Sober (eds). College Publications, UK. [Download PDF]

MacLeod, Miles; Mäki, Uskali (2016). "Interdisciplinarity in action: philosophy of science perspectives". Special issue on Philosophy of Interdisciplinarity, European Journal for Philosophy of Science 6(3): 323-326.

Mäki, Uskali (2016). "Philosophy of interdisciplinarity. What? Why? How?" Special issue on Philosophy of Interdisciplinarity, European Journal for Philosophy of Science 6(3): 327-342. [Download PDF]

Koskinen, Inkeri & Mäki, Uskali (2016). Extra-Academic Transdisciplinarity and Scientific Pluralism: What might they learn from one another? European Journal for Philosophy of Science.

Mäki, Uskali; Votsis, Ioannis; Ruphy, Stéphanie; Schurz, Gerhard (eds.) (2015). Recent Developments in the Philosophy of Science: EPSA13 Helsinki. Springer.

Mäki, Uskali (2013). "Scientific Imperialism: Difficulties in Definition, Identification, and Assessment" International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 27(3), 325-339.
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Mäki, Uskali (2013). "Mark Blaug's unrealistic crusade for realistic economics" Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics 6(3), 87-103.
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Mäki, Uskali (2013). "Performativity: Saving Austin from Mackenzie". In: EPSA11 Perspectives and Foundational Problems in Philosophy of Science. Vassilios Karakostas and Dennis Dieks (eds), Dordrecht: Springer 2013, 443-453.
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Mäki, Uskali (2013). "Maailma markkinoina. Universaalin talousontologian ytimessä ja rajoilla" [The world as markets. At the core and boundaries of a universal economic ontology] In: Talous ja filosofia [Economy and Philosophy]. Ilkka Niiniluoto, Risto Vilkko and Jaakko Kuorikoski (eds), Helsinki: Gaudeamus, 101-123.

Recent and upcoming activities

Keynote. 4th International Conference "Economic Philosophy". Lyon, 27-29 June 2018.

Invited talk on the Philosophy of Economics. 43rd Annual Economic and Business History Society Conference. University of Jyväskylä, Finland, 30 May - 2 June 2018.

Keynote on the Methodology of Contemporary Economics. 6th Latin American Conference of the History of Economic Thought. University of the Andes, Bogota, Colombia, 29-30 December 2017.

Co-organizer, Opening talk "Highly unrealistic models: their (un)realisticness and their functions". What to make of highly unrealistic models? Helsinki, 12-13 October 2017.

Panel discussion on the impact of SSH fields. Researchers' Night. Helsinki, 29 September 2017.

Invited talk on the Philosophy of Economics. Workshop on the Philosophy of Economics. Nankai University, 25-26 September 2017.

Talk on Interdisciplinarity. EPSA17. University of Exeter, 6-9 September 2017.

Talk on Models. Models and Explanations in Economics. University of Rostock, 1-2 July 2017.

Keynote on Interdisciplinarity. Sustainability Science Centre. Helsinki, 10 May 2017.

Talk on post-autistic economics. Bologna, 5 May 2017.

EIPE 20th anniversary conference: Chair, "The Role of Economists"; Talk, "Economics imperialism: Further expansions". Erasmus University Rotterdam, 22-23 March 2017.

Invited Roundtable speaker: Interdisciplinary thinking; External Advisory Board Consultant for the Coordination Council of College F3 (Food, Farming, Forestry). University of Lisbon, 23 January 2017.

Interdisciplinary Futures: Open the Social Sciences 20 Years Later. Organizer; Opening words; Chairing of keynote sessions and final panel; Talk, "Opening outwards: Interdisciplinarity as intellectual imperialism"; Talk with Mikko Salmela, "Emotional tensions in interdisciplinary interaction". Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, 19-20 January 2017.

The Science Forum 2017. Member of the organizational committee; Chair, session "Tieteen, taiteen ja uskonnon vapaus: samaa vai eri maata?"; Panelist, session "Valinnan vapaus ja sen rajat". Helsinki, 11-15 January 2017.

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