SAPoLSN 2024 Evolution and Development

August 11, 2024 - August 17, 2024
Department of Philosophy, Peking University

Peking University


  • School of Philosophy at Fudan University
  • Institute of Philosophy at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CASIP)
  • Department of Philosophy at Macquarie University
  • Department of Philosophy at Peking University (PKU)


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Macquarie University
Peking University
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Philosophy
Institute of Philosophy, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CASIP)
Fudan University

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This summer school is a yearly event jointly sponsored and organized by the Sino-Australian Philosophy of Life Sciences Network (SAPoLSN), which was initiated by Department of Philosophy at Peking University, the School of Philosophy at Fudan University, the Institute of Philosophy at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CASIP), and the Department of Philosophy at Macquarie University in Australia. Its purpose is to introduce the most important recent developments in the philosophy of life sciences to graduate students and young scholars, and to promote research and educational cooperation between Chinese and international philosophers of science.

The inaugural summer school will be held from August 11-17, 2024, and will be hosted by the Department of Philosophy at Peking University in Beijing. The theme is: Evolution and Development: From Life to Mind. Research at the intersection of evolution and development on features of living systems (e.g., anatomy, behavior, cognition) prompts a variety of philosophy of science questions: Why do scientists conceptualize phenomena similarly or differently? What types of methods are most suited to their investigation? How are different types of explanations evaluated? What counts as a scientific theory in this domain? The juncture of evolution and development has been particularly fruitful in fostering interdisciplinary investigations that involve philosophers and different kinds of scientists (e.g., population biologists, developmental biologists, paleontologists, systematists). These studies have advanced scientific understanding by shedding light on macroevolutionary transitions in animal morphology, the advent of evolutionary novelties, and the generation of organismal diversity, as well as suggested the need to rethink different aspects of scientific epistemology. Research on cognition has likewise used evolutionary and developmental considerations to understand major transitions in cognitive evolution, the origin of moral cognition, and human cognitive diversity. The summer school will engage with philosophical questions emerging around these and other contemporary issues at the nexus of evolution and development, including where biology and cognitive science contribute to each other.

In addition to traditional lectures, this summer school will involve diverse activity formats, including but not limited to interviews with invited scholars, academic development panels, brainstorming sessions (e.g., for identifying PhD thesis topics), group presentations, organized dinners, and (fun!) excursions. Students will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from world-famous philosophers in person, as well as to communicate and cooperate with their peers in depth.

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