Tag: Philosophy and Biology Seminar

Antoine Dussault (Researcher, CIRST, Montréal), Towards a Holistic-Functionalist Account of Pathology

Antoine Dussault is a philosophy teacher at Collège Lionel-Groulx (Sainte-Thérèse, Québec). He is also a researcher in the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur les sciences et les technologies (CIRST) and a regular member of the Centre de recherche en éthique (CRÉ). His areas of specialization are : philosophy of biology environmental ethics, philosophy of medicine. Abstract… Read more »

Federico Boem (Milan), “Out of our Skull, in our Skin: The Gut-Microbiota-Brain axis and the Extended Cognition Thesis”

Federico Boem is a philosopher of science who focuses on the life sciences and biomedicine. His current research interests include scientific reasoning and its public dimension, especially science-based policies, and the host-microbiota interaction with a focus on cognitive functions and ecological dimension.   Please find his article below : “Out of our Skull, in our Skin:… Read more »

Jerome Wakefield (Professor of Social Work & Conceptual Foundations of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine, USA) (postponed)

Jerome C. Wakefield is University Professor; Professor of Social Work; Professor of the Conceptual Foundations of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine; Affiliate Faculty, InSPIRES (Institute for Social and Psychiatric Initiatives: Research, Education and Service), Department of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine; Affiliate Faculty, NYU Center for Bioethics; Affiliate Faculty, NYU Center for Ancient Studies; Honorary… Read more »

André Ariew (Professor or Philosophy, University of Missouri, USA), Darwin’s use of statistics to develop his theory of evolution

André Ariew is Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Missouri (USA). When Karl Pearson asked Francis and Leonard Darwin whether their father was aware that the theory of natural selection is applicable to statistical analysis, they responded that their father had a ‘non-statistical’ mind. Ever since, commentators and biographers have perpetuated… Read more »

Jonathan Birch (Associate Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK), The Search for Invertebrate Consciousness

Jonathan Birch is Associate Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science, specializing in the philosophy of the biological sciences. He is working on evolution of social behaviour, the evolution of norms, animal sentience, and the relation between sentience and welfare. Video of the talk   Abstract There is no agreement on whether… Read more »

Phyllis Illari (Senior Lecturer, University College London, UK), Why do we need evidence of mechanisms?

Phyllis Illari is a Senior Lecturer at University College London (Dept of Science & Technology Studies; Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences) in the UK. She works in the philosophy of science, with particular expertise in causality, mechanisms and information.   Abstract I will present a view of evidence of mechanisms as evidence of the… Read more »

Federica Russo, What can technology do for you? Opportunities & challenges of health technologies in medicine and everyday life

Federica Russo is Assistant Professor at the Universiteit van Amstardam, where she carries out research and teaches philosophy of science (social sciences, techno-science, …). She is interested in causality and probability in the social, biomedical and policy sciences, and in the relations between science and technology.     Abstract Technology is pervasive in science and… Read more »

Matt Haber (Chair of Philosophy Department, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA), Positively Misleading Errors

Matt Haber is a Professor and Department Chair at the University of Utah (USA). His area of specialty is Philosophy of Biology and Philosophy of Science. He is interested in the philosophical and conceptual issues in systematics, particularly those stemming from a commitment to phylogenetic thinking. His current projects include elucidating the nature of phylogenetic… Read more »