quarta-feira, 28 de março de 2012

Objects, Kinds and Mechanisms in Biology: A One Day Workshop

School of Humanities
University of Leeds,
Leeds UK

Friday April 13th 2012

The purpose of the workshop is to encourage discussion of the natures and roles of objects, structure and mechanisms in biology with a view to achieving clarity on a number of issues, including:

How can the heterogeneity of biological objects be appropriately accommodated?

Is a metaphysics of mechanisms as entities and activities sustainable in biology?

What would be an appropriate metaphysics for biological kinds?


10.30-10.55 Coffee
10.55-11.00 Welcome
11.00-12.15 Phyllis Illari (Hertfordshire) The Indispensability of Objects in Biology
12.15-13.30 Ellen Clarke (All Souls) The Organism as a Problem in Biological Ontology

13.30-14.15 Lunch (provided)
14.15-15.30 Marcel Weber (Geneva) Individual, Cell Lineage, and Functional Integration

15.30-15.45 Tea
15.45-17.00 Emma Tobin (UCL) Biomolecular Classification
17.00-18.15 Angelo Cei (Leeds) TBA
18.15-18.30 wrap up

A limited number of student bursaries will be available.

Registration is free but please indicate your interest in attending.

For further details contact:
Steven French           

Financial support for this workshop has been provided by the British Society for the Philosophy of Science.

Steven French
Professor of Philosophy of Science
Dept. of Philosophy
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT

Tel: 0113 3433279

Co-Editor, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Editor-in-Chief, New Directions in Philosophy of Science, Palgrave-Macmillan

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