Tag: Philosophy and Biology Seminar

Kim Sterelny (Philosophy, Australian National University, Australia), Demography and Cultural Complexity

Kim Sterelny is Professor of Philosophy at the Australian National University (ANU) College of Arts and Social Sciences. He is a central figure in philosophy of biology and philosophy of science more generally. His areas of expertise include History and Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Cognition, Palaeoecology, Evolutionary Biology, Cognitive Sciences and… Read more »

Sabina Leonelli (Egenis, University of Exeter & Alan Turing Institute, UK), Actionable Data for Precision Oncology

Sabina Leonelli is a Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute in London and the Co-Director of the Exeter Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences (Egenis), where she leads the Data Studies research strand. Furthermore, she is Editor-in-Chief of the international journal History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, together with Professor Giovanni… Read more »

Fridolin Gross (University of Kassel, Germany & IFOM, Milan Italy) – Occam’s Razor in Molecular and Systems Biology

  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.   Occam’s Razor in Molecular and Systems Biology     Abstract Biologists have been debating for some time about what — if anything — is conceptually novel about… Read more »

Angela Potochnik (Department of Philosophy, University of Cincinnati, USA), Causal Patterns and How Our Theories Change

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.     Abstract… Read more »

Charles Pence (Univ. catholique Louvain) “The Wonderful Form of Cosmic Order”: Bringing Statistics to Evolution

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 »

Gerd Müller (Professor Biology, Univ. Vienna & KLI Institute, Austria) – Do we need an extended evolutionary synthesis?

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).   Do we need an extended evolutionary synthesis? Significant advances in several areas of evolutionary biology have provided a wealth of new knowledge about the factors responsible for… Read more »

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 »