PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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New Directions in Philosophy of Biology (Sponsored by Minorities and Philosophy)

Thursday, 3 November 2016
10:45 - 12:15

Piedmont 4 (12th Floor)

Chair: M.A. Hunter, The University of California, Davis/The London School of Economics and Political Science

The symposium will discuss a number of new and exciting developments in cutting-edge biology and their philosophical importance. The symposium pulls together a number of junior scholars with diverse personal experiences in order to showcase their novel research in a highly relevant and lively philosophical sub-field: The Philosophy of Biology. The symposium will include discussion of the following topics (amongst others) that address the overarching theme: how feminist values can be used to provide a better understanding of the holobiont; how notions of a biological individual have implications for ecology; metaphysical discussions of biological communities and biological populations, values that are used for advancing public-policy goals; and the concepts of race and ancestry in human genetics.


Feminist values in service of the holobiont
Tamar Schneider Zipory, The University of California, Davis.,
Biological Individuals, Communities, and Populations: How the Concept of Persons and Personhood can Inform the Discourse
Denise Hossom, University of California, Davis,
Germ-line or Somatic mutations? The pitfalls and concerns for deleting and replacing the concept of "race" in human genetics.
M.A. Hunter, The University of California, Davis/The London School of Economics and Political Science,

 

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