Recent Trends in the Philosophy of Biology

May 17, 2019 - May 18, 2019
Department of Philosophy, Bilkent University

Department of Philosophy, Bilkent University
Ankara 06800

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Cambridge University
New York University
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
University of Bordeaux
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Duke University
University of Wisconsin, Madison


Bilkent University
Bilkent University
Bilkent University

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Philosophy of biology is a field of study that aims to solve conceptual puzzles within the biomedical sciences, as well as illuminate traditional questions in philosophy by appealing to biological knowledge. About 40 years ago, philosophy of biology was still a niche topic in the philosophy of science. Now that the field has matured into a thriving sub-discipline engaging philosophers and biologists alike, it is time to take stock. Where is the field going? What are some of the questions that still require work? And what new methods are available to address them? In an effort to address these issues, this interdisciplinary conference will explore some of the recent trends in the philosophy of biology.

Keynotes: Laura Franklin-Hall (NYU), Barry Loewer (Rutgers), Alexander Rosenberg (Duke), Elliott Sober (Wisconsin-Madison)*

Speakers: Beate Krickel (Ruhr-University of Bochum), Adrian Currie (Exeter), Thomas Pradeu (CNRS/ Bordeaux), Maël Lemoine (CNRS, Bordeaux), Arnon Levy (Hebrew University), Topaz Halperin (Hebrew University),  Mehmet Elgin (Muğla University), & Rafael Ventura (Bilkent University).

* Due to unforeseen circumstances, Elliott Sober is unable to attend the conference in person. Instead, he will present and take questions via video conference.

Dates: May 17-18, 2019

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Host Department: Philosophy, Bilkent University

Mandatory Registration: Limited seats are available for this event. Attendance is free for all graduate students, post-docs, independent researchers and faculty, but advance registration is required.  Click here to register.

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May 13, 2019, 11:45pm EET

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