About

Who are we?

PhilInBioMed is both an interdisciplinary institute located at the University of Bordeaux (France), and a national and international network connecting groups and institutes that work at the interface between philosophy, biology, and medicine in order to transform scientific practices and discovery. PhilInBioMed has three main missions:

1. Promoting short-term and long-term stays of philosophers in biology and medicine labs, as well as short-term and long-term stays of biologists and MDs in philosophy lab, at a local but also an international scale.

2. Promoting collaborative publications by philosophers, biologists, and medical doctors – targeting both philosophy, science, and medicine journals.

3. Promoting the participation to common conferences, seminars and reading groups.

Coordinator: Thomas Pradeu

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Thomas Pradeu is a CNRS Senior Investigator at ImmunoConcept, Head of Conceptual Immunology Group, & PI of the ERC-funded IDEM project, Bordeaux, France.

Members of PhilInBioMed share the aim to promote productive interactions between philosophy, biology, and medicine. Internationally, several teams and institutes are part of PhilInBioMed.

Members

Ralph Adolphs

Ralph Adolphs is a Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Biology at the California Institute of Technology. Furthermore he is the Director of the Emotion and Social Cognition Lab, which investigates the neural underpinnings of human social behavior. He is also a member of the PhilInBioMed Scientific Committee.

Serge Ahmed

Serge Ahmed is Research Director in Neurosciences, Psychology, and Pharmacology at CNRS and leader of the team Pathological decision-making in Addiction at the University of Bordeaux, France.

Samuel Alizon

Samuel Alizon is a CNRS Research Director at MIVEGEC in Montpellier. He is an evolutionary ecologist specialised in the modelling of infectious disease dynamics.

A.-S. Barwich

Ann-Sophie Barwich is an Assistant Professor at Indiana University Bloomington, USA. She is a cognitive scientist and empirical philosopher & historian of science, especially the philosophy of olfaction.

C. Belzung

Catherine Belzung is Professor in Neuroscience at University of Tours and at Institut Universitaire de France, and Director of Imaging and Brain (iBrain, Inserm Unit 1253). She is a member of the PhilInBioMed Scientific Committee.

Leonardo Bich

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Leonardo Bich is a Professor in Philosophy of Biology at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) (Spain). Previously, he was a post-doctoral fellow working with T. Pradeu at ImmunoConcept, Bordeaux, France.

John Bickle

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John Bickle is Professor of Philosophy and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Mississippi State University, and Affiliated Faculty in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. His research interests are in philosophy of neuroscience, scientific reductionism, and cellular and molecular mechanisms of consciousness and cognition.

Andreas Bikfalvi

Andreas Bikfalvi is Professor of Biology and Director of the Angiogenesis and Cancer Microenvironment Laboratory (INSERM U1029, Univ. Bordeaux, France)

Jonathan Birch

Jonathan Birch is an Associate Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science, specializing in Philosophy of the Biological. He works on evolution of social behaviour, the evolution of norms, animal sentience, and the relation between sentience and welfare.

Alexander Bird

Alexander Bird is Peter Sowerby Professor of Philosophy and Medicine at King's College (London, UK). His research deals with philosophy of science, metaphysics and epistemology. He is member of the PhilInBioMed Scientific Committee.

Mina Bissell

Mina Bissell is Distinguished Senior Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She has pioneered the field of tumor microenviornment and has significantly advanced the fields of breast cancer research. She is a member of the PhilInBioMed Scientific Committee.

Patrick Blanco

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Patrick Blanco is Professor of Immunology, Univ. Bordeaux, Pellegrin Hospital & ImmunoConcept, Bordeaux, France.

Thomas Boraud

Thomas Boraud is Research Director in Neurosciences at CNRS,and Leader of the team Physiology and pathophysiology of executive functions, Bordeaux, France.

T. Boyer-Kassem

Thomas Boyer-Kassem is Associate Professor of Philosophy of Science, University of Poitiers, France. He studies the collective and ethical aspects of decisions in medical contexts.

C. Brives

Charlotte Brives is a CNRS researcher at the Centre Emile Durkheim (Science-Po Bordeaux). She is an anthropologist specialized in microbes.

Cédric Brun

Cédric Brun is Associate Professor of Philosophy & Head of Philosophy Department, Univ. Bordeaux-Montaigne, France.

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright is a Professor of Philosophy at Durham University and a Distinguished Professor at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She has a long history in the philosophy of the natural sciences, especially physics, but she has now turned to philosophy of the social sciences with special attention to economics. Her current research focusses on objectivity and evidence.

Hasok Chang

Hasok Chang is Hans Rausing Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge (UK).

Tony Chemero

Tony Chemero is a Professor of Philosophy and Psychology at the University of Cincinnati. His research is both philosophical and empirical. It is focused on questions related to dynamical modeling, ecological psychology, artificial life and complex systems.

Lynn Chiu

Lynn Chiu is an Associated Researcher of ImmunoConcept, University of Bordeaux/CNRS, France.

C. Contin-Bordes

Cécile Contin-Bordes is Associate Professor of Immunology at the University of Bordeaux and Pellegrin Hospital, and a member of the ImmunoConcept lab, Bordeaux, France.

V. Courtier-O.

Virginie Courtier-Orgogozo is Research Director at CNRS, Leader of the team Evolution & Genetics at the Institut Jacques Monod, Paris, France.

Carl Craver

Carl Craver is a Philosopher of Neuroscience at the Washington University in St. Louis, USA. One of his research interests is the study of deficits in agency and moral reasoning in people with amnesia. He is a member of the PhilInBioMed Scientific Committee.

Richard Creath

Richard Creath is a Philosopher of Science and President's Professor at the School of Life Science at the Arizona State University and a member of the PhilInBioMed Scientific Committee.

Marc Daëron

Marc Daëron is an INSERM Senior Investigator at Institut Pasteur, CIML and IHPST. He is a specialist of immunology and allergies.

B. Daignan-F.

Bertrand Daignan-Fornier is Research Director at CNRS, Head of IBGC, Head of team Genetics of Metabolic Pathways, Bordeaux, France.

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Julie Déchanet-Merville is Research Director in Immunology at CNRS, Head of ImmunoConcept, Bordeaux, France.

Ford Doolittle

Ford Doolittle is a Professor Emeritus at the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology of the Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. He thinks about “function” in genomics, microbial communities, natural selection and definitions of “life”. He is a member of the PhilInBioMed Scientific Committee.

P. Dos Santos

Pierre Dos Santos is a Professor of Animal Physiology at the University of Bordeaux, and a specialist of cardiology.

Stephen Downes

Stephen M. Downes is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Utah. His research interests are in Philosophy of Biology with a particular focus on Evolutionary Approaches to understanding human behavior and Human Evolution more generally.

Dorothée Duluc

Dorothée Duluc is Associate Professor of Immunology at Bordeaux University, and a member of the Cancer Immunology & Immunotherapy group at ImmunoConcept.

John Dupré

John Dupré is Professor of Philosophy of science at the University of Exeter (UK), with a main focus on philosophy of biology. He is the Director of Egenis, the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences.

Gérard Eberl

Gérard Eberl is a Professor of Immunology at the Institut Pasteur, leader of the Microenvironment and Immunity team, and head of Department of Immunology, Paris, France.

A. Etxeberria

Arantzazu Etxeberria Agiriano is an Associate Professor at the University of the Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain.

Melinda Fagan

Melinda Fagan is Sterling McMurrin Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Utah (USA). Her research is in philosophy of science, focusing on experimental practice in biology (particularly stem cell and developmental biology), explanation, and conceptions of objectivity and evidence.

Stuart Firestein

Stuart Firestein is the Chair of Columbia University’s Department of Biological Sciences where his colleagues and he study the vertebrate olfactory system. He is a member of the PhilInBioMed Scientific Committee.

Jonathan Fuller

Jonathan Fuller is Chair of the Toronto Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare Network and a medical student at the University of Toronto.

Jean Gayon

Jean Gayon (1949-2018) was Professor Emeritus in Philosophy of Science at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, and Director of IHPST. See ISHPSSB obituary, by Richard Burian.

Sophie Gerber

Sophie Gerber is a plant geneticist. She is a researcher at INRA, BIOGECO lab, Bordeaux, France. She also works in philosophy of biology.

Scott Gilbert

Scott Gilbert is Professor emeritus at Swarthmore College. He is a specialist of ecological developmental biology, developmental genetics, embryology, and the history and critiques of biology.

Sara Green

Sara Green is Assistant Professor in the Department of Science Education at the University of Copenhagen. Her research focuses on strategies for dealing with biological and medical complexity.

G. Greslehner

Gregor Greslehner is a postdoctoral fellow in Thomas Pradeu’s IDEM project at ImmunoConcept, Bordeaux, France.

Paul Griffiths

Paul Griffiths is Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Sydney, and Associate Academic Director (Arts and Social Sciences) at the Charles Perkins Centre. He is a specialist of Philosophy of Biology and Philosophy of Psychology.

Fridolin Gross

Fridolin Gross is a postdoctoral researcher who works on computational models of the cell cycle at IFOM, Milan, and teaches philosophy at the University of Kassel.

S. Guttinger

Stephan Guttinger is a research associate at the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS) at the London School of Economics. His research focuses on the methodology and ontology of the contemporary life sciences.

Matt Haber

Matt Haber is Associate Professor in Philosophy, University of Utah (USA). His area of specialty is Philosophy of Biology and Philosophy of Science, particularly the philosophical and conceptual issues in systematics.

V. Hardcastle

Valerie Gray Hardcastle is the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Executive Director of the Institute for Health Innovation and the Vice President for Health Innovations at Northern Kentucky University and an adjunct research professor at the University of Cincinnati (U.S.).

K. Hooks

Katarzyna Hooks is a Post-doctoral fellow working in bioinformatics in Bordeaux, France.

Laurence Huc

Laurence Huc is an INRA researcher in toxicology. She works on the impact of food contaminants on health and chronic diseases, as the head of the team COMICS in ToxAlim, Toulouse.

P. Huneman

Philippe Huneman is Research Director in Philosophy of Science at CNRS, working at IHPST (CNRS, ENS & Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University).

Andrew Inkpen

Andrew Inkpen is an Assistant Professor at Brandon University in the Department of Philosophy. His works on issues surrounding the human-natural distinction as well as ecological function and health.

H. Kaminski

Hannah Kaminski is MD of Nephrology and Infectious diseases. She writes a PhD dissertation in Immunology in the ImmunoConcept lab under the supervision of Julie Déchanet-Merville.

Lara Keuck is a Branco Weiss Fellow and leads the junior research group "Learning from Alzheimer's Disease" at the Department of History at Humboldt University Berlin (Germany).

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Rob Knight

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Rob Knight is a Professor at the University of California San Diego and the co-founder of the American Gut Project. He is also a co-founder of the Earth Microbiome Project, and the founding Director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation.

Jan-P. Konsman

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Jan Pieter Konsman is a researcher in neuroscience (neuroimmunology) at CNRS, INCIA lab, Bordeaux, France. He also works in philosophy of science.

Eugene Koonin

Eugene Koonin is a Senior Investigator at the National Center for Biotechnology Information and head of the Evolutionary Genomics Research Group. He is a member of the PhilInBiomed Scientific Committee.

Lucie Laplane

Lucie Laplane is a CNRS junior researcher in Philosophy of Biology and Medicine, at IHPST Paris and Gustave Roussy (1st European Cancer Centre), Paris, France.

Paôline Laurent

Paôline Laurent is a PhD student in Immunology, under the supervision of Thomas Pradeu and Marie-Elise Truchetet, at ImmunoConcept, Bordeaux, France.

Sophie Layé

Sophie Layé is Research Director at INRA, Head of Unit Nutrition and Integrative Neurobiology, Bordeaux, France.

Maël Lemoine

Maël Lemoine is Full Professor in Philosophy of Medical Sciences, Univ. of Bordeaux, France, and a member of the ImmunoConcept lab.

Sabina Leonelli

Sabina Leonelli is Professor of Philosophy and History of Science at the University of Exeter (UK). She serve as the Co-Director of the Exeter Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences (Egenis), where she leads the Data Studies research strand.

Tim Lewens

Tim Lewens is Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. He works on the philosophy of biology, biomedical ethics, and general philosophy of science. He is the author of several books, the most recent being Why We Disagree about Human Nature (OUP 2018) (edited with Beth Hannon) .

Stefan Linquist

Stefan Linquist is an Associate Professor at the University of Guelph. His work is at the interface between ecology, genomics, evolution, and psychology. Much of his work involves extending ecological and evolutionary theories into new domains.

Pekka Louhiala

Pekka Louhiala is a Lecturer in Medical Ethics at the Department of Public Health, University of Helsinki and Adjunct Professor at the University of Tampere. He is President of the Finnish Society for Philosophy of Medicine.

Kate MacCord

Kate MacCord is Program Administrator and McDonnell Foundation Fellow at the MBL. She works with Jane Maeischein at the interface between biology, history of science, and philosophy of science.

Koffi Maglo

Koffi Maglo is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cincinnati. His interests include philosophy of biology and biomedicine, ethics and population health.

M. Mamani

Maria Mamani Matsuda is Associate Professor in Immunology, ImmunoConcept, Bordeaux, France.

A. Mantovani

Alberto Mantovani is the Scientific Director of the Humanitas Clinical and Research Center in Milan, Italy. He is also the President and Founder of the Fondazione Humanitas per la Ricerca, and Professor of Pathology at the State University of Milan.

Deborah Mayo

Deborah Mayo is a professor in the Department of Philosophy at Virginia Tech. Her research topics include underdetermination, the role of novel evidence, and the nature of scientific progress. She is a member of the PhilInBioMed Scientific Committee.

M. McFall-Ngai

Margaret McFall-Ngai is Professor and Director of the Pacific Biosciences Research Center at the University of Hawaii-Manoa. Her research focuses on host responses to interactions with beneficial microbes. She is a member of the PhilInBioMed Scientific Committee.

Rodrigo Medel

Rodrigo Medel is a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chile, and member of the team Scientia at the Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities. His research interests include general philosophy of science with emphasis in evolutionary biology, natural selection, and the nature of scientific discovery.

Ruslan Medzhitov

Ruslan Medzhitov is a Professor of Immunobiology at Yale School of Medicine. His research focuses on the analysis of the innate immune system, inflammatory response, innate control of the adaptive immunity, and host-pathogen interactions.

P.-O. Méthot

Pierre-Olivier Méthot is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Université Laval (Québec). He specializes in the history and philosophy of the biological and medical sciences, with a particular focus on microbiology, ecology, and evolution (and their interaction).

Thierry Michon

Thierry Michon is a researcher at INRA (UMR1332, Biologie du Fruit et Pathologie), Bordeaux, France.

Alessandro Minelli

Alessandro Minelli is a Professor emeritus of Zoology at the University of Padua. His work focuses on evolutionary developmental biology and he has contributed to laying the conceptual foundations for this discipline.

Michel Morange

Michel Morange is a professor of biology at the Ecole normale supérieure in Paris, a historian of molecular biology, and president (2015–2017) of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB).

Nicolae Morar

Nicolae Morar is an Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies & Philosophy at University of Oregon. He is interested in Bioethics (Biomedical, Genethics, Environmental, & Research Ethics), Philosophy of Biology, and Recent Continental Philosophy.

J.-F. Moreau

Jean-François Moreau is Professor of Immunology, Univ. Bordeaux, Pellegrin Hospital & ImmunoConcept, Bordeaux, France.

A. Moreno

Alvaro Moreno Bergareche is Full Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) (Spain). Founder of the Philosophy of Biology Group at the UPV/EHU, he is a specialist of Philosophy of Biology, Artificial Life, Complex Systems and Cognitive Science.

Gerd Müller

Gerd B. Müller is Professor and Head of the Department of Theoretical Biology at the University of Vienna (Austria). He is the President of the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI).

Samir Okasha

Samir Okasha is Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Bristol (UK) and a specialist of foundational and conceptual questions surrounding evolutionary theory. He is a member of the PhilInBioMed Scientific Committee.

Duygu Özpolat

Duygu Özpolat is a Principal Investigator and Hibbitt Fellow at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), Woods Hole, USA. As a developmental biologist she holds a passion for live-imaging embryos and regeneration. She is a member of the PhilInBioMed Scientific Committee.

Mathieu Paoletti

Mathieu Paoletti is a CNRS researcher at IGBC, member of the team Non-Self Recognition in Fungi, Bordeaux, France.

Diane Pataki

Diane Pataki is Professor of Biological Sciences and Associate Vice President for Research at the University of Utah. She studies human-environment interactions related to urban biodiversity, resource use, and landscape design. She is a member of the PhilInBioMed Scientific Committee.

Leïla Périé

Leïla Périé is a CNRS researcher in immunology and team leader in the Biophysics lab at the Institut Curie (Paris, France).

Tom Polger

Thomas Polger is Professor of Philosophy, and Head of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Cincinnati. He studies the relationships between explanations, models, and entities of different sciences — especially those of the cognitive and brain sciences.

Angela Potochnik

Angela Potochnik is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Public Engagement with Science at the University of Cincinnati.​ Her research intests include the relationships between science and the public, and methods in population biology.

David Queller

David Queller is a Professor of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis, USA. His work focuses on both theoretical and empirical aspects of the evolution of social interactions, including both sexual selection and kin selection.

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Robert Richardson

Robert Richardson is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cincinnati. His research interests include philosophy of science, cognitive science, and the history of modern philosophy.

Elena Rondeau

Elena Rondeau is a PhD student in Oncoimmunology under the supervision of Thomas Pradeu and Nicolas Larmonier at ImmunoConcept, Bordeaux, France.

P. Sansonetti

Philippe J. Sansonetti is a microbiologist, Professor at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, where he is the head of the Molecular Microbial Pathogenesis lab, and at the Collège de France, where he holds the Chair in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

Jérôme Santoloni

Jérôme Santoloni is a researcher at CEA, Institut de Biologie Intégrative de la Cellule, Saclay, France.

I. Sarto-Jackson

Isabella Sarto-Jackson is the Executive Manager of the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI) in Klosterneuburg, Austria.

Sven Saupe

Sven Saupe is Research Director at CNRS, PI of Non-Self Recognition in Fungi team, IBGC, Bordeaux, France.

Ken Schaffner

Kenneth F. Schaffner is Distinguished University Professor at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science of the University of Pittsburgh, USA. He is a specialist of philosophy of biology and philosophy of medicine and is member of the PhilInBIoMed Scientific Committee

Jonathan Sholl

Jonathan Sholl is Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas, Aarhus University, Denmark. His research deals with the philosophy of medicine.

Derek Skillings

Derek Skillings is currently a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. Before he was a Post-doctoral fellow in Philosophy of Biology at ImmunoConcept, CNRS & Univ. Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France.

Robert Skipper

Robert Skipper is a faculty member of the Philosophy Department of the University of Cincinnati. His research focus has been mainly on the origin and development of evolutionary genetics. Other interests include environmental ethics, bioethics, and epistemology.

Brian Skyrms

Brian Skyrms is a Distinguished Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science and Economics at the University of California, Irvine and a Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University. He is now working on evolution of conventions and the social contract. His other research interests include inductive logic, decision theory, rational deliberation,and Truth.

Elliott Sober

Elliott Sober is Hans Reichenbach Professor and William F. Vilas Research Professor in the Department of Philosophy at University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA. He is one of the founders of the field of philosophy of biology, and a specialist of evolution. He is a member of the PhilInBioMed Scientific Committee.

Miriam Solomon

Miriam Solomon is Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair in the Department of Philosophy at Temple University. Her research interests are in philosophy of science, philosophy of medicine, history of science, epistemology, gender and science and biomedical ethics. She is a member of the PhilInBioMed Scientific Committee

Jacob Stegenga

Jacob Stegenga is a University Lecturer in philosophy of science. His research focuses on methodological problems of medical research, conceptual questions in evolutionary biology, and fundamental topics in reasoning and rationality. He recently published the book Medical Nihilism.

Adrian Stencel

Adrian Stencel is a research assistant and PhD student at Jagiellonian University, Poland. He was also a visiting student at University in Bordeaux, France.

Beckett Sterner

Beckett Sterner is an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University. His research focuses on the question: "When and why is mathematics useful for biology?"

Jim Tabery

Jim Tabery is an Associate professor in the Department of Philosophy, with additional appointments in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Internal Medicine, at the University of Utah.

M.-E. Truchetet

Marie-Elise Truchetet is Associate Professor in Rheumatology, Univ. Bordeaux, Pellegrin Hospital & ImmunoConcept, Bordeaux, France.

C. Tzourio

Christophe Tzourio is Professor of Epidemiology, and Director of the Bordeaux Population Health Centre (Unit U1219 Inserm-University of Bordeaux)

M. Vervoort

Michel Vervoort is a Professor in Biology (Evolution, Genetics, Eco-Devo) at Paris-Diderot University and Institut Jacques Monod, and co-leader of the team "Evolution and Development of Metazoans", Paris, France. He is a member of the PhilInBioMed Scientific Committee.

Eric Vivier

Eric Vivier is Professor of Immunology, and Director of the Centre d'Immunologie de Marseille-Luminy (CIML), Marseille, France.

Günter Wagner

Günter Wagner is a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University, USA. In his research he uses mathematical modeling, comparative sequencing and transgenic techniques to understand the evolution of developmental control genes.

Jerome Wakefield

Jerry Wakefield is a Professor at the New York University. He is interested in the conceptual foundations of clinical theory, the philosophy of psychopathology, psychiatric epidemiology of depression, and integrative clinical theory.

J. Weitzman

Jonathan Weitzman is a Professor of Genetics at the Université Paris-Diderot, founding director of the Center for Epigenetics and Cell, leader of the team Plasticity of Cellular Phenotypes in Paris, France.

Joeri Witteveen

Joeri Witteveen is an Assistant Professor in history and philosophy of science at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. He specializes in history and philosophy of biology. In his research he combines philosophical analysis with historical case studies while paying close attention to scientific practice.

Jessey Wright

Jessey Andrew Wright is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford University, USA. He is primarily interested in the Philosophy of Neuroscience, but his research ranges from general philosophy of science to the epistemology of neuroscience.