University of Alberta

Refereed Presentations

  1. “Three concepts of gender for different social aims” (joint paper with Esther Rosario, presented by Ingo Brigandt). ISHPSSB 2017 (biennial meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology). University of São Paulo, Brazil. July 19, 2017.
  2. “Three concepts of gender for different social aims” (joint paper presented by Esther Rosario). CSHPS 2017 (biennial meeting of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science). Ryerson University, Canada. May 27, 2017.
  3. “Explanatory understanding without tracking mechanism operation.” PSA 2016 (biennial meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association). Atlanta, USA. November 5, 2016.
  4. “Explanatory understanding in systems biology without mechanistic explanation.” CSHPS 2016 (meeting of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science). University of Calgary, Canada. May 28, 2016.
  5. “A scientific theory's purpose: social values in theory acceptance.” ISHPSSB 2015 (biennial meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology). Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada. July 7, 2015.
  6. “Different types of explanatory mathematical analysis in systems biology.” ISHPSSB 2015 (biennial meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology). Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada. July 6, 2015.
  7. “Social values influence the adequacy conditions of scientific theories: beyond inductive risk.” PSA 2014 (biennial meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association). Chicago, USA. November 6, 2014.
  8. “Social values influence the adequacy conditions of scientific theories.” CSHPS 2014 (meeting of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science). Brock University, Canada. May 26, 2014.
  9. “Systems biology and the limits of philosophical accounts of mechanistic explanation.” ISHPSSB 2013 (biennial meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology). Montpellier, France. July 11, 2013.
  10. “Systems biology and the limits of philosophical accounts of mechanistic explanation.” SPSP 2013 (biennial meeting of the Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice). University of Toronto, Canada. June 27, 2013.
  11. “Integrating causal-mechanistic explanation and mathematical modeling in systems biology.” PSA 2012 (biennial meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association). San Diego, USA. November 17, 2012.
  12. “Evolutionary developmental biology and the limits of philosophical accounts of mechanistic explanation.” CSHPS 2012 (meeting of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science). Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo, Canada. May 27, 2012.
  13. “'Developmental constraint' in the 1980s.” ISHPSSB 2011 (biennial meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology). University of Utah, USA. July 13, 2011.
  14. “A critique of two-dimensional semantics.” CPA 2011 (meeting of the Canadian Philosophical Association). University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University, Canada. May 30, 2011.
  15. “'Developmental constraint' in the 1980s: positive explanatory agenda or mere tool of criticism?” CSHPS 2011 (meeting of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science). University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University, Canada. May 29, 2011.
  16. “Beyond armchair intuitions and experimental philosophy: lessons from biological concepts.” CSHPS 2010 (meeting of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science). Concordia University, Canada. May 29, 2010.
  17. “Toward an epistemology of explanatory integration in biology.” ISHPSSB 2009 (biennial meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology). University of Queensland, Australia. July 13, 2009.      [manuscript]
  18. “Scientific reasoning is material inference: combining confirmation, discovery, and explanation.” SEP 2009 (37th meeting of the Society for Exact Philosophy). University of Alberta, Canada. May 8, 2009.      [manuscript]
  19. “Continuity in scientific concept use: homology in the 19th century before and after Darwin.” HSS 2008 (meeting of the History of Science Society). Pittsburgh, USA. November 8, 2008.
  20. “Scientific reasoning is material inference: combining confirmation, discovery, and explanation.” PSA 2008 (biennial meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association). Pittsburgh, USA. November 6, 2008.      [manuscript]
  21. “Natural kinds in evolution and systematics: from metaphysics to epistemology.” WCPA 2008 (45th conference of the Western Canadian Philosophical Association). University of Alberta, Canada. October 25, 2008.      [manuscript]
  22. “An epistemology of explanatory integration in biology.” CPA 2008 (meeting of the Canadian Philosophical Association). University of British Columbia, Canada. June 2008.      [manuscript]
  23. “Continuity in scientific concept use: homology in the 19th century before and after Darwin.” CSHPS 2008 (meeting of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science). University of British Columbia, Canada. June 2008.
  24. “Beyond reduction and pluralism: an epistemology of explanatory integration in biology.” Reduction and the Special Sciences. Tilburg University, The Netherlands. April 2008.      [manuscript]
  25. “Typology now: homology and developmental constraints explain evolvability.” ISHPSSB 2007 (biennial meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology). University of Exeter, UK. July 2007.      [manuscript]
  26. “The epistemic goal pursued by a scientific term's use as an aspect of meaning.” Non-Truth Conditional Aspects of Meaning (5th Barcelona Workshop on Issues in the Theory of Reference). Barcelona, Spain. June 2007.
  27. “How historically informed philosophers can contribute to challenges within biology.” Sci-Phi 2007: Science and Philosophy at Stony Brook. State University of New York, Stony Brook, USA. March 2007.
  28. “Holism, concept individuation, and conceptual change.” WCPA 2006 (43rd conference of the Western Canadian Philosophical Association). Simon Fraser University, Canada. October 2006.      [manuscript]
  29. “An alternative to Kitcher's theory of conceptual progress and his account of the change of the gene concept.” 5th European Congress for Analytic Philosophy. University of Lisbon, Portugal. August 2005.      [manuscript]
  30. “Explanation and scientific reasoning: bringing concepts back in.” Philosophical Perspectives on Scientific Understanding. Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. August 2005.
  31. “Holism, concept individuation, and conceptual change.” 4th Congress of the Spanish Society for Analytic Philosophy. University of Murcia, Spain. December 2004.      [manuscript]
  32. “Biological kinds and the causal theory of reference.” Experience and Analysis (27th International Wittgenstein Symposium of the Austrian Wittgenstein Society). Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria. August 2004.      [manuscript]
  33. “Conceptual role semantics, the theory theory, and conceptual change.” First Joint Conference of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology and the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology. Barcelona, Spain. July 2004.      [manuscript]
  34. “A critique of Kitcher's theory of conceptual progress and his account of the change of the gene concept.” Southwest Colloquium in the History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences. University of Texas at Austin, USA. March 2004.
  35. “The role a concept plays in science: the case of homology.” International Congress for Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science. Oviedo, Spain. August 2003.
  36. “The instinct concept of the early Konrad Lorenz.” ISHPSSB 2003 (biennial meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology). Vienna, Austria. July 2003.
  37. “The instinct concept of the early Konrad Lorenz.” Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Biology. Rockefeller University, USA. April 2003.
  38. “Species pluralism does not imply species eliminativism.” PSA 2002 (biennial meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association). Milwaukee, USA. November 2002.
  39. “Species pluralism does not imply species eliminativism.” Philosophy of Biology Graduate Student Conference. University of Texas at Austin, USA. April 2002.
  40. “Quantifier elimination in tame infinite p-adic fields.” Studierendenkonferenz Mathematik, Deutsche Mathematiker-Vereiningung. University of Mainz, Germany. September 1999.
  41. “Quantifier elimination in infinite p-adic fields.” 14th Conference for Young Algebraists. University of Potsdam, Germany. February 1999.

Keynote Addresses

  1. “Homologues as units of evolvability: the role of structure and function.” Form, Function and Homology (Duke's 8th Annual Conference in Philosophy & Biology and the Annual Consortium for the History and Philosophy of Biology). Duke University, USA. May 22, 2009.
  2. “Reductive naturalism and the use of intuitions: two lessons from biology.” Kazimierz Naturalism Workshop 2008. Kazimierz Dolny, Poland. September 7, 2008.

Invited Presentations

  1. “Strategic conceptual engineering for epistemic and social aims” (with Esther Rosario). Department of Philosophy, Western University, Canada. November 10, 2016.
  2. “Strategic conceptual engineering for epistemic and social aims” (with Esther Rosario). Workshop on Conceptual Ethics and Conceptual Engineering. University of Oslo, Norway. June 17, 2016.
  3. “Research on developmental constraints in the 1980s, and its relevance to current work on evolvability.” What Can the Philosophy of Biology Learn from the History of Biology? First Utrecht Workshop in Philosophy of the Life Sciences. Utrecht University, The Netherlands. March 20, 2016.
  4. “Integration from the philosophy of science's perspective.” Workshop at the winter school Integration and Translation in Systems Medicine. University of Hamburg, Germany. February 2, 2016.
  5. “Different types of explanatory mathematical analysis in systems biology.” S-ANU meeting 2015. University of Sydney, Australia. May 28, 2015.
  6. “Structure and function in organismal systems: plasticity, robustness, and the limits of modularity.” Approaches to Variation and Stability in Contemporary Biology. University of Sydney, Australia, May 27, 2015.
  7. “A scientific theory's purpose: social values in theory acceptance beyond inductive risk.” Department of Philosophy, University of Sydney, Australia. April 30, 2015.
  8. “A scientific theory's purpose: social values in theory acceptance beyond inductive risk.” Department of Philosophy, University of Alberta, Canada. February 5, 2015.
  9. “Viewing a scientific concept as tied to aims and standards.” Workshop on Conceptual Engineering. University of Oslo, Norway. January 14, 2015.
  10. “Social values influence the adequacy conditions of scientific theories: beyond inductive risk.” Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, USA. September 16, 2014.
  11. “Accounts of mechanistic explanation in philosophy: the challenge from systems biology.” Centre for Mathematical Biology, University of Alberta, Canada. November 25, 2013.
  12. “Epistemic aims and values tied to a biological concept: conceptual change, conceptual variation, and interdisciplinary coordination.” ConChaMo 5: Conceptual Change and Interdisciplinary Issues. Porvoo, Finland. June 4, 2013.
  13. “Is science value-free?” LogiCON 2013. University of Alberta, Canada. May 5, 2013.
  14. “Bodily parts in the structure-function dialectic.” What is an Individual? University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA. December 15, 2012.
  15. “Systems biology and the integration of mechanistic explanation and mathematical explanation.” Integration in Biology and Biomedicine: What It Is, How It Works, and What Philosophers and Scientists Have to Say About It. University of Sydney, Australia. May 4, 2012.
  16. “Conceptual analysis and philosophical method: lessons from concept change in science.” Department of Philosophy, University of Sydney, Australia. May 2, 2012.
  17. “The nature of science: the case of intelligent design.” Program in Science, Technology and Society and Department of Philosophy, University of Alberta, Canada. April 12, 2012.
  18. “Conceptual change in biology and conceptual analysis in philosophy: a combined framework.” Department of Philosophy, Georgia State University, USA. March 9, 2012.
  19. “The question of integration and interdisciplinarity in current philosophy of biology.” Integration in Contemporary Biology: Philosophical Perspectives on the Dynamics of Interdisciplinarity. University of Minnesota, USA. September 24, 2011.
  20. “What is science? Intelligent design and the history and philosophy of science.” Center for Inquiry Edmonton and University of Alberta Atheists and Agnostics, University of Alberta, Canada. September 15, 2011.
  21. “The concept of the gene: how to deal with a term's varying uses and definitions?” Genetics Invited Speaker Seminar Series, Department of Biology, University of Alberta, Canada. March 28, 2011.
  22. “The dynamics of scientific concepts: the relevance of epistemic aims and values.” Scientific Concepts and Investigative Practice. Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. January 7, 2011.
  23. “Organismal form and its change in developmental evolution.” Departments of Philosophy and Mathematics, University of Lille - Nord de France, France. December 17, 2010.
  24. “A methodologically naturalistic perspective on natural kinds and concepts.” Institut d'Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques, Paris, France. December 16, 2010.
  25. “Debates about novelty and the nature of evo-devo.” Perspectives on Evolutionary Novelty and Evo-devo: Integrating Explanatory Approaches in Biology. McGill University, November 7, 2010.
  26. “From developmental constraint to evolvability: how concepts figure in explanation and disciplinary identity.” Conceptual Change in Biological Science: Evolutionary Developmental Biology, 1981–2011. Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany. July 17, 2010.
  27. “Determination of non-homology.” Integrating Different Biological Approaches. University of Alberta, Canada. November 14, 2009.
  28. “Natural kinds and concepts: a broadly pragmatist account.” Pragmatism, Science and Naturalism. Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway. May 15, 2009.      [manuscript]
  29. “Beyond reduction and pluralism: an epistemology of explanatory integration in biology.” Program in Science, Technology, and Society, University of Alberta, Canada. February 2008.      [manuscript]
  30. “The epistemic goal pursued by a scientific term's use as an aspect of meaning.” Department of Philosophy, University of Alberta, Canada. November 2007.
  31. “Natural kinds in evolution and systematics: from metaphysics to epistemology.” Nature and its Classification: A Metaphysics of Science Conference. Birmingham, UK. October 2007.      [manuscript]
  32. “Essentialism, variation, and representations in biology.” Understanding Human Variation, University of Alberta, Canada. September 2007.
  33. “A concept's epistemic goal: accounting for the rationality of semantic change and variation.” Department of Philosophy, University of Calgary, Canada. March 2007.
  34. “Non-reductionism: explanation and methodology in developmental biology.” Idealization, Mechanism and Reduction: New Directions in the Philosophy of Proximal Biology (3rd Queensland Biohumanities Conference). University of Queensland, Australia. December 2006.
  35. “Typology now: homology and developmental constraints explain evolvability.” Meeting of the Philosophy and Developmental Biology Working Group. Vancouver, Canada. November 2006.      [manuscript]
  36. “Scientific practice, conceptual change, and the nature of concepts.” Concepts and Objectivity: Knowledge, Science, and Values. University of Pittsburgh, USA. September 2006.      [manuscript]
  37. “Evolutionary developmental biology: morphology or developmental genetics?" Program in Science, Technology and Society, University of Alberta, Canada. March 2006.
  38. “A concept's epistemic goal and the rationality of conceptual change.” School of Philosophy, University of Leeds, UK. February 2006.
  39. “Homology in 19th century biology: continuity between pre- and post-Darwinian biological practice.” Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto, Canada. February 2006.
  40. “What is a concept that it makes successful practice possible and can rationally change?" Department of Philosophy, East Tennessee State University, USA. January 2006.
  41. “What is a concept that it makes successful practice possible and can rationally change?" Department of Philosophy, University of Alberta, Canada. January 2006.
  42. “Reference determination and conceptual change.” Department of Philosophy, University of Oslo, Norway. May 2005.      [manuscript]
  43. “An alternative to Kitcher's theory of conceptual progress and his account of the change of the gene concept.” Department of Philosophy, University of Oslo, Norway. June 2004.
  44. “The early theoretical development of Konrad Lorenz: the motivating factors behind his instinct concept.” 1903–2003: Konrad Lorenz cent'anni dopo. Come ripensare l'etologia umana? Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy. January 2004.
  45. “Homology and the origin of correspondence.” Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, Austria. July 2002.
  46. “Gestalt experiments and inductive observations: Konrad Lorenz's early epistemological writings and the methods of classical ethology.” Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, Austria. June 2002.
  47. “Species pluralism does not imply species eliminativism.” Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, Austria. June 2002.
  48. “The role a concept plays in science: the case of homology.” Pittsburgh-London Workshop in the Philosophy of Biology and Neuroscience. Birkbeck College, London, UK. September 2001.

Commentaries and Roundtable Discussions

  1. Book panel on Denis Walsh's Organisms, Agency, and Evolution (Cambridge University Press, 2015). CPA and CSHPS 2016 (joint session at the meetings of the Canadian Philosophical Association and the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science). University of Calgary, Canada. May 30, 2016.
  2. Discussant at the Calgary Summit of Philosophers of Science: Future Approaches for Philosophy of Biology. University of Calgary, Canada. September 26–27, 2014.
  3. Commentary on Sarah Roe and Bert Baumgaertner ‘The importance of the environment in complex modeling practice.’ CPA 2014 (meeting of the Canadian Philosophical Association). Brock University, Canada. May 25, 2014.
  4. Roundtable discussion “Philosophy of biology and biology education” (with Richard Burian, David Depew, Annie Jamieson, Alan Love, Anya Plutynski, Michael Ruse, Tobias Uller, and Kostas Kampourakis). ISHPSSB 2013 (biennial meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology). Montpellier, France. July 11, 2013.
  5. Commentary on William Bechtel ‘Integrating molecular and systems approaches in chronobiology’ and Olaf Wolkenhauer ‘Integration in systems biology and systems medicine.’ Integration in Biology and Biomedicine: What It Is, How It Works, and What Philosophers and Scientists Have to Say About It. University of Sydney, Australia. May 3, 2012.
  6. “Commentary on the papers by Manfred Laubichler, Sean Rice, and Brian Hall.” Perspectives on Evolutionary Novelty and Evo-devo: Integrating Explanatory Approaches in Biology. McGill University, Canada. November 7, 2010.
  7. Commentary on Sarkar, Garson, and Wang “How development may direct evolution.” 3rd Annual Philosophy and Developmental Biology Workshop. University of Texas at Austin, USA. April 2002.