Biological Individuality and Other Issues in Contemporary Philosophy of Biology (15 September 2018, University of Salzburg, Austria)
The topic of biological individuality has become a constant source of new work in philosophy of biology in the past decades (cf. Clarke 2010 for an overview and e.g. Lidgard and Nyhart 2017 for more recent work). Europe’s largest graduate conference in analytic philosophy, SOPhiA 2018 (hosted by the University of Salzburg), included a satellite workshop dedicated to the topic, which was aimed at bringing together mostly young researchers to exchange ideas and new approaches. The workshop was organized by Karim Baraghith (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany) and Gregor Greslehner (University of Salzburg, Austria, and University of Bordeaux, France).
Keynote speaker Thomas Reydon (Leibniz University Hannover, Germany) pointed out that describing biological things (more or less surprisingly) as individuals instead of kinds of entities has been one trend in making use of concepts of individuality in philosophy of biology. Recently Hermida (2016) and Mariscal and Doolittle (2018),...
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