Open access: Most of my publications are now available open access here:

Many preprints can be found here and here.

Articles and book chapters

  1. Dellsén, F., Firing, T., Lawler, I, Norton, J. (forthcoming, open access) What is philosophical progress? Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.
  2. Lawler, I. (forthcoming). Epistemology of natural sciences. In: Dancy, J, Sosa, E., Steup, M., & Sylvan, K. (Eds.) A Companion to Epistemology. Blackwell.
  3. Lawler, I. (forthcoming). Scientific understanding. In: Knuuttila, T., Carrillo, N., & Koskinen, R. (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Scientific Modeling. Routledge.
  4. Lawler, I., Dellsén, F., Norton, J. (forthcoming, open access). Progress and disagreement in philosophy: A brief introduction. In: Horvath, J., Koch, St., Titelbaum, M. (editors). Methods in Analytic Philosophy: A Primer and Guide. PhilPapers Foundation.
  5. Lawler, I. (forthcoming). On the nature of scientific disagreement. In: Baghramian, M., Carter, J.A., Rowland, R. (editors). Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Disagreement. Routledge.
  6. Dellsén, F., Lawler, I, Norton, J. (2023). Would disagreement undermine progress? Journal of Philosophy, 120(3), 139-172.
  7. Lawler, I. (2022). Scientific progress and idealisation. In: Shan, Y. (editor). New Philosophical Perspectives on Scientific Progress. Routledge.
  8. Dellsén, F., Lawler, I, Norton, J. (2022, open access). Thinking about progress: From science to philosophy. Noûs, 56(4), 814-840.
  9. Lawler, I., Sullivan, E. (2021). Model explanation vs. model-induced explanation. Foundations of Science, 26(4), 1049-1074.
  10. Lawler, I. (2021). Scientific understanding and felicitous legitimate falsehoods. Synthese, 198(7), 6859-6887.
  11. Lawler, I., Zimmermann, G. (2021). Misalignment between research hypotheses and statistical hypotheses – A threat to evidence-based medicine? Topoi, 40(2), pp. 307-318.
  12. Rieser, H., Lawler, I. (2020, open access). Multi-modal meaning: An empirically-founded process algebra approach. Semantics and Pragmatics, 13(8), pp. 1-55. DOI:
  13. Lawler, I. (2019b). Understanding why, knowing why, and cognitive achievementsSynthese, 196(11), 4583-4603.
  14. Lawler, I. (2019a). Levels of reasons why and answers to why questions. Philosophy of Science, 86(1), 168-177
  15. Lawler, I. (2016). Reductionism about understanding whyProceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 116(2), 229-236.

Publications in peer-reviewed conference proceedings

  1. Lawler, I., Hahn, F., Rieser, H. (2017). Gesture meaning needs speech meaning to denote – A case of speech-gesture meaning interaction. In: Proceedings of the Workshop “Formal approaches to the dynamics of linguistic interaction”, pp. 42-46.
  2. Hahn, F., Lawler, I., Rieser, H. (2014). First observations on a corpus of multi-modal trialogues. In: Proceedings of the 18th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue, pp. 185–187.
  3. Klein, U., Rieser H., Hahn, F., Lawler, I. (2013). Abduction and parameterised semantic composition in speech-gesture integration. In: Proceedings of the 17th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue, pp. 207–209.
  4. Pfeiffer, T., Hofmann, F., Hahn, F., Rieser, H., Röpke, I. (2013). Gesture semantics reconstruction based on motion capturing and complex event processing: a circular shape example. In: Proceedings of the 14th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue, pp. 270–279.
  5. Bergmann, K., Hahn, F., Kopp, S., Rieser, H., Röpke, I. (2013). Integrating gesture meaning and verbal meaning for German verbs of motion: Theory and simulation. In: Proceedings of the Tilburg Gesture Research Meeting.
  6. Röpke, I. (2011). Watching the growth point grow. In: Proceedings of the Second Conference on Gesture and Speech in Interaction.

Edited books and volumes

  1. Lead editor of the edited book Scientific Understanding and Representation: Modeling in the Physical Sciences (2022). Edited by Lawler, I., Khalifa, K., Shech, E. Routledge.
    • Khalifa, K., Lawler, I. R., Shech, E. (2022). Introduction. Scientific Understanding and Representation: Modeling in the Physical Sciences (pp. 1-13). Routledge.
  2. Co-editor of the special issue “Philosophical Methods” (2020). Edited by Eder, A.-M., Lawler, I., van Riel, R. Synthese. 197(3).

Other publications

  1. Lawler, I. (2019). Understanding, explanation, and intelligibility. Review of Henk de Regt’s “Understanding Scientific Understanding”. Metascience, 28(1), pp. 57-60. [Free-access link to the paper]
  2. Bratu, Chr., Herzog, L., Jonas, S., Lawler, I., Wehofsits, A., Werner, Ch. (2018) Förderung von Postdoktorand*innen und Geschlechtergerechtigkeit. Mitteilungen der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Philosophie, 41, 9-10.
  3. Lawler, I. (2018). Synopsis article on conceptual analysis. Wörterbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft. de Gruyter.
  4. Lawler, I. (2016). Review of the collected volume “Erkenntnistheorie – Wie und wozu?” edited by Dirk Koppelberg and Stefan Tolksdorf. Journal for General Philosophy of Science, 47(2), pp. 411–415. [Free-access link to the paper]
  5. Eder, A.-M., Lawler, I., van Riel, R. (2016). Philosophical Methods, 16–17 June. The Reasoner, 10(8), p. 69
  6. Lawler, I. (2014). Topics in Explanation, Dependence, and Understanding, 5–6 JuneThe Reasoner, 8(7), p. 79.