Dr. Lukas Beck


Dr. Lukas Beck

Lukas Beck is a Philosopher of Science. As part of the working group on Scientific Assessments, Ethics and Public Policy and a member of the Rivet Project, he currently focuses on developing a deliberative approach to the integration of diverse values in model-based climate economics in order to improve decision-making at the science-policy interface. 

Before joining the MCC, Lukas Beck was a PhD candidate in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, where he wrote a thesis on different interpretations of fundamental concepts in choice- and game theory. He completed his B.A. and an M.A. in Philosophy and Economics at the University of Bayreuth. 

You can find more information about him on his personal website (here)

Research & Teaching interests:

  • Values in science and the normativity of science, especially the role of (non-epistemic) values in economic models, the role of idealizations in normative models, and participatory and deliberative frameworks for guiding value judgments in science  
  • Philosophy of Economics, especially experimental economics and behavioral welfare economics
  • The intersection between economics and cognitive science, especially functionalism and the status of dual process theory as an account of reasoning


Recent publications:

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Beck, L. (forthcoming). The Econ within or the Econ above? On the plausibility of preference purification. Economics and Philosophy.

Beck, L., & Jahn, M. (2021). Normative Models and their Success. Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 51(2), 123-150.

Beck, L., & Grayot, J. D. (2021). New functionalism and the social and behavioral sciences. European Journal for Philosophy of Science, 11 (4).


Other publications

Beck, L., & Alexandrova, A. (2019). Measuring utility: from the marginal revolution to behavioral economics: by Ivan Moscati, Oxford studies in history of economics, New York, Oxford University Press, 2018, 352 pages, ISBN: 9780199372775. Journal of Economic Methodology, 26(4), 380-384.

Beck, L., (2017). Can economics be a separate science. Rerum Causae, 9(2).


Latest Publications

Beck, L., 2023

The Tragic Science: How Economists Cause Harm (even as They Aspire to Do Good)

Economics & Philosophy
Peer Review