Tag: Philosophy and Biology Seminar

Miriam Solomon (Temple University, USA), Title TBA

Miriam Solomon is Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair in the Department of Philosophy at Temple University.  She is also an Affiliated Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and an Affiliated Professor in the Center for Bioethics, Urban Health, and Policy (Temple University School of Medicine). Her research interests are in philosophy of science,… Read more »

Angela Potochnik (University of Cincinnati, USA), Title TBA

Angela Potochnik is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and the Director of the Center for Public Engagement with Science at the University of Cincinnati.​ Her research addresses the nature of science and its successes, the relationships between science and the public, and methods in population biology. She earned her PhD from Stanford University in 2007.  

Charles Pence (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium), Title TBA

Charles Pence is a Philosopher of biology at the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium. His work spans two distinct areas. First is the philosophy and history of evolutionary biology – in particular, the conceptual structure of evolution by natural selection and the reception of Darwin in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Second, he… Read more »

Lucie Laplane (CNRS, IHPST & Institut Gustave Roussy, France), Title TBA

Lucie Laplane is a CNRS researcher at UMR8590 (IHPST), Université Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne & UMR1170, Institut de Cancérologie Gustave Roussy. She works in philosophy of biology, and she is the author of Cancer Stem Cells Philosophy and Therapies (Harvard University Press, 2016).

Paul Griffiths (Sydney), What is an organism, and what is it for? Neo-Aristotelian, Darwinian and post-Hamilton perspectives

A philosopher of science with a focus on biology and psychology, Paul Griffiths (University of Sydney, Australia) was educated at Cambridge and the Australian National University, receiving his PhD in 1989. He heads the Theory and Method in Bioscience project node of the Charles Perkins Centre, a major new initiative at Sydney focused on interdisciplinary… Read more »

Samir Okasha (University of Bristol, Philosophy Department, UK), The Metaphor of Agency in Biology

Samir Okasha is Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Bristol (UK). Most of his research falls into two main areas: (i) philosophy of biology / evolutionary theory; and (ii) epistemology /philosophy of science.     Abstract It is striking that evolutionary biology often uses the language of intentional psychology to describe the behaviour… Read more »

Alvaro Moreno (San Sebastian), The unfolding of nested individualities in the origin of life and early evolution

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.   Abstract In this talk I will discuss individuality from the… Read more »

Deborah Gordon (University of Stanford, Dpt of Biology, USA), The ecology of collective behavior: from ants to cells

Deborah Gordon is Professor of Biology at University of Stanford (USA). Deborah Gordon is a world-leading specialist of ant colonies and collective behaviors. With her group, she uses ant colonies to investigate systems that operate without central control, and explore analogies with other systems, such as the internet, the immune system, and the brain. She… Read more »