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 CNA application: Miech, E.J., Freitag, M.B., Evans, R.R. et al. (2021), Facility-level conditions leading to higher reach: a configurational analysis of national VA weight management programming. BMC Health Serv Res 21, 797. doi: 10.1186/s12913-021-06774-w

  2. New Software: Version 0.1.0 of the R package frscore published on CRAN. This package provides functions that calculate robustness scores for CNA/CCM models.

  3. New Paper: M. Baumgartner and C. Falk (forthcoming), Configurational Causal Modeling and Logic Regression, Multivariate Behavioral Research.

  4. Further Funding: I am very happy and grateful that the Research Council of Norway will fund the further development of CNA with NOK 12,000,000 (ca. €1,200,000) over the next years (project AdCNA).

  5. New paper: M. Baumgartner (2021), Qualitative Comparative Analysis and Robust Sufficiency, Quality & Quantity, doi: 10.1007/s11135-021-01157-z [penultimate draft]

  6. New paper: M. Baumgartner and M. Ambühl (2021), Optimizing Consistency and Coverage in Configurational Causal Modeling, Sociological Methods & Research. doi: 10.1177/0049124121995554 [penultimate draft]; Replication material.

  7. New paper: V.P. Parkkinen and M. Baumgartner (2021), Robustness and Model Selection in Configurational Causal Modeling, Sociological Methods & Research. doi: 10.1177/0049124120986200 [penultimate draft]