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WS – Biology as Process: Philosophical Background and Implications (Tartu)

17 May 202221 May 2022


Workshop on process-based philosophy of biology with John Dupré

The chair of philosophy of science of the University of Tartu organises the workshop “Biology as Process: Philosophical Background and Implications” on May 17-21, 2022, taught by Professor John Dupré from the University of Exeter.

Main target group: students and young scholars of philosophy and other disciplines

The course consists of lectures and seminars, and includes practical work and a visit to the Estonian Genome Centre.

There is no participation fee.

Students can earn 3 ECTS for participation (optional).

Deadline of registration 18 March 2022, register on the event website below.

The workshop concentrates on different fields of Philosophy of Biology from the perspective of seeing biological entities as dynamic processes, not static objects. The topics to be covered include: general metaphysics of evolution, processual view of organisms and kinds, the questions of taxonomic monism and pluralism, issues related to social constructivism, the questions of reductionism, polygenic organisms, postgenomic Darwinism, contemporary genomics and definition of genes from processual perspective, causality and human nature in the social sciences, criticism of evolutionary psychology, seeing human kinds and individuals from processual perspective, questions of gender and sex, process epistemology, etc. The workshop is of potential interest for the scholars of many disciplines as it opens up novel perspectives and implications that process-based biology has for several fields from arts and social sciences to natural sciences.

Professor John Dupré is Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Exeter and Director of Egenis, the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences. He is also a current President of the Philosophy of Science Association. He has authored several books and many articles. In 2018 he co-edited with Daniel J. Nicholson a book called ‘Everything Flows: Towards a Processual Philosophy of Biology’. His personal website: personal website 

More detailed information on the workshop and registrationhttps://filsem.ut.ee/et/node/116691

PhilEvents link: https://philevents.org/event/show/97374


17 May 2022
21 May 2022
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Department of Philosophy, University of Tartu
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Department of Philosophy, University of Tartu
Ülikooli 18
Tartu, 51005 Estonia
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