University of Alberta

Volumes Edited

  1. 2015, Science, Values and the ‘Death of Evidence’ in Canada. Symposium of the Canadian Journal of Philosophy (Volume 45, Issue 3, pp. 326–424). Edited by Ingo Brigandt.      [penultimate drafts, published articles]
  2. 2013, Integration in Biology: Philosophical Perspectives on the Dynamics of Interdisciplinarity. Special section of Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (Volume 44, Issue 4, Part A, pp. 461–571). Edited by Ingo Brigandt.      [published articles]
  3. 2012, Perspectives on Evolutionary Novelty and Evo-Devo. Special issue of the Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution (Volume 318, Issue 6). Edited by Ingo Brigandt.      [published articles]
  4. 2007, The Importance of Homology for Biology and Philosophy. Special issue of Biology & Philosophy (Volume 22, Number 5). Edited by Ingo Brigandt and Paul E. Griffiths.      [postprints, published articles]

Refereed Papers

  1. in press, “Explanation of molecular processes without tracking mechanism operation.” Philosophy of Science.
  2. 2017, “Network analyses in systems biology: new strategies for dealing with biological complexity” (fifth author, with Sara Green, Maria Şerban, Raphael Scholl, Nicholaos Jones, and William Bechtel). Synthese. doi:10.1007/s11229-016-1307-6      [preprint, published article]
  3. 2017, “Philosophical dimensions of individuality” (second author, with Alan C. Love). In: Biological Individuality: Integrating Scientific, Philosophical, and Historical Perspectives. S. Lidgard and L. K. Nyhart (eds), University of Chicago Press, Chicago, pp. 318–348.      [postprint, published volume]
  4. 2017, “Bodily parts in the structure-function dialectic.” In: Biological Individuality: Integrating Scientific, Philosophical, and Historical Perspectives. S. Lidgard and L. K. Nyhart (eds), University of Chicago Press, Chicago, pp. 249–274.      [postprint, published volume]
  5. 2016, “Why the difference between explanation and argument matters to science education.” Science & Education 25: 251–275.      [postprint, published article]
  6. 2015, “Social values influence the adequacy conditions of scientific theories: beyond inductive risk.” Canadian Journal of Philosophy 45: 326–356.      [penultimate draft, published article]
  7. 2015, “Evolutionary developmental biology and the limits of philosophical accounts of mechanistic explanation.” In: Explanation in Biology: An Enquiry into the Diversity of Explanatory Patterns in the Life Sciences. P.-A. Braillard and C. Malaterre (eds), Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 135–173.      [postprint, published article, published volume]
  8. 2014, “Multilevel research strategies and biological systems” (second author, with Maureen A. O'Malley, Alan C. Love, John W. Crawford, Jack A. Gilbert, Rob Knight, Sandra D. Mitchell, and Forest Rohwer). Philosophy of Science 81: 811–828.      [postprint, published article]
  9. 2013, “Systems biology and the integration of mechanistic explanation and mathematical explanation.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 44: 477–492.      [postprint, published article]
  10. 2013, “Intelligent design and the nature of science: philosophical and pedagogical points.” In: The Philosophy of Biology: A Companion for Educators. K. Kampourakis (ed), Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 205–238.      [penultimate draft, published article, published volume]
  11. 2013, “Explanation in biology: reduction, pluralism, and explanatory aims.” Science & Education 22: 69–91.      [postprint, published article]
  12. 2012, “Conceptualizing evolutionary novelty: moving beyond definitional debates” (with Alan C. Love). Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution 318: 417–427.      [postprint, published article]
  13. 2011, “Essay: Homology.” In: The Embryo Project Encyclopedia. ISSN: 1940-5030. http://embryo.asu.edu/handle/10776/1754
  14. 2011, Review essay of Evidence and Evolution: The Logic Behind the Science by Elliott Sober, Cambridge University Press, 2008. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 41: 159–186.      [postprint, published article]
  15. 2010, “Beyond reduction and pluralism: toward an epistemology of explanatory integration in biology.” Erkenntnis 73: 295–311.      [postprint, published article]
  16. 2010, “The epistemic goal of a concept: accounting for the rationality of semantic change and variation.” Synthese 177: 19–40.      [postprint, published article]
  17. 2010, “Scientific reasoning is material inference: combining confirmation, discovery, and explanation.” International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 24: 31–43.      [penultimate draft, published article]
  18. 2010, “Evolutionary novelty and the evo-devo synthesis: field notes” (with Alan C. Love). Evolutionary Biology 37: 93-99.      [postprint, published article]
  19. 2009, “Homology: homeostatic property cluster kinds in systematics and evolution” (second author, with Leandro C. S. Assis). Evolutionary Biology 36: 248–255.      [penultimate draft, published article]
  20. 2009, “Accounting for vertebrate limbs: from Owen's homology to novelty in evo-devo.” Review essay of Richard Owen's On the Nature of Limbs: A Discourse edited by Ron Amundson, University of Chicago Press, 2007. Philosophy & Theory in Biology 1: e004.      [published article]
  21. 2017, “Reductionism in biology” (with Alan C. Love). The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2017 edition). https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/reduction-biology  (revised and enlarged version, 25,200 words)

    2012, “Reductionism in biology” (with Alan C. Love). The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Summer 2012 edition). https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/sum2012/entries/reduction-biology/  (revised and enlarged version, 24,300 words)

    2008, “Reductionism in biology” (with Alan C. Love). The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Summer 2008 edition). https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/sum2008/entries/reduction-biology  (20,700 words)
  22. 2006, “Homology and heterochrony: the evolutionary embryologist Gavin Rylands de Beer (1899-1972).” Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution 306B: 317–328.      [postprint, published article]
  23. 2005, “The instinct concept of the early Konrad Lorenz.” Journal of the History of Biology 38: 571–608.      [postprint, published article]
  24. 2004, “Holism, concept individuation, and conceptual change.” In: Proceedings of the 4th Congress of the Spanish Society for Analytic Philosophy. M. Hernandez Iglesias (ed), Universidad de Murcia, Murcia, pp. 30–34.      [postprint]
  25. 2004, “Biological kinds and the causal theory of reference.” In: Experience and Analysis: Papers of the 27th International Wittgenstein Symposium. J. C. Marek and M. E. Reicher (eds), Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, Kirchberg am Wechsel, pp. 58–60.      [postprint]
  26. 2003, “Species pluralism does not imply species eliminativism.” Philosophy of Science 70: 1305–1316.      [postprint, published article]
  27. 2003, “Homology in comparative, molecular, and evolutionary developmental biology: the radiation of a concept.” Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution 299B: 9–17.      [postprint, published article]
  28. 2003, “Gestalt experiments and inductive observations: Konrad Lorenz's early epistemological writings and the methods of classical ethology.” Evolution and Cognition 9: 157–170.      [postprint, published article]
  29. 2002, “Homology and the origin of correspondence.” Biology and Philosophy 17: 389–407.      [penultimate draft, published article]
  30. 2001, “The homeopathy of kin selection: an evaluation of van den Berghe's sociobiological approach to ethnicity.” Politics and the Life Sciences 20: 203–215.      [published article]
  31. 2001, “Quantifier elimination in tame infinite p-adic fields.” The Journal of Symbolic Logic 66: 1493–1503.      [postprint, published article]

Invited Papers

  1. in preparation, “How are biological concepts introduced and transformed?” To appear in: Philosophy of Biology for Biologists. K. Kampourakis and T. Uller (eds), Bloomsbury Academic, London.
  2. in preparation, “Philosophy of molecular biology.” To appear in: eLS: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester.
  3. submitted, “Strategic conceptual engineering for epistemic and social aims” (with Esther Rosario). To appear in: Conceptual Ethics and Conceptual Engineering. A. Burgess, H. Cappelen, and D. Plunkett (eds), Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  4. 2018, “Systems biology and mechanistic explanation” (with Sara Green and Maureen A. O'Malley). In: The Routledge Handbook of Mechanisms and Mechanical Philosophy. S. Glennan and P. Illari (eds), Routledge, New York, pp. 362–374.      [postprint, published volume]
  5. 2017, “Typology and natural kinds in evo-devo.” In: Evolutionary Developmental Biology: A Reference Guide. L. Nuño de la Rosa and G. Müller (eds), Springer, Cham. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-33038-9_100-1      [postprint, published article published volume]
  6. 2016, “Do we need a 'theory' of development?” Review essay of Towards a Theory of Development edited by Alessandro Minelli and Thomas Pradeu, Oxford University Press, 2014. Biology & Philosophy 31: 603–617.      [postprint, published article]
  7. 2015, “From developmental constraint to evolvability: how concepts figure in explanation and disciplinary identity.” In: Conceptual Change in Biology: Scientific and Philosophical Perspectives on Evolution and Development. A. C. Love (ed), Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 305–325.      [penultimate draft, published article, published volume]
  8. 2013, “A critique of David Chalmers' and Frank Jackson's account of concepts.” ProtoSociology 30: 63–88.     [published article, published volume]
  9. 2013, “Integration in biology: philosophical perspectives on the dynamics of interdisciplinarity” (introduction to the special section). Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 44: 461–465.      [postprint, published article]
  10. 2012, “The dynamics of scientific concepts: the relevance of epistemic aims and values.” In: Scientific Concepts and Investigative Practice. U. Feest and F. Steinle (eds), de Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 75–103.      [penultimate draft, published article, published volume]
  11. 2011, “Philosophy of biology.” In: The Bloomsbury Companion to the Philosophy of Science. S. French and J. Saatsi (eds), Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp. 246–267, 2014. (Hardback published in 2011 as The Continuum Companion to the Philosophy of Science.)      [penultimate draft, published volume]
  12. 2011, “Natural kinds and concepts: a pragmatist and methodologically naturalistic account.” In: Pragmatism, Science and Naturalism. J. Knowles and H. Rydenfelt (eds), Peter Lang Publishing, Frankfurt am Main, pp. 171–196.      [draft, published volume]
  13. 2010, “Jenseits des Neodarwinismus? Neuere Entwicklungen in der Evolutionsbiologie” [Beyond neo-Darwinism? Recent developments in evolutionary biology]. In: Evolution: Ein interdisziplinäres Handbuch. P. Sarasin and M. Sommer (eds), J. B. Metzler Verlag, Stuttgart, pp. 115–126.      [penultimate draft, published volume]
  14. 2010, “Kreationismus und Intelligent Design” [Creationism and intelligent design]. In: Evolution: Ein interdisziplinäres Handbuch. P. Sarasin and M. Sommer (eds), J. B. Metzler Verlag, Stuttgart, pp. 350–357.      [penultimate draft, published volume]
  15. 2010, “Instinkt und Intellekt” [Instinct and intellect]. In: Evolution: Ein interdisziplinäres Handbuch. P. Sarasin and M. Sommer (eds), J. B. Metzler Verlag, Stuttgart, pp. 32–33.      [penultimate draft, published volume]
  16. 2010, “Homologie” [Homology]. In: Evolution: Ein interdisziplinäres Handbuch. P. Sarasin and M. Sommer (eds), J. B. Metzler Verlag, Stuttgart, pp. 30–31.      [penultimate draft, published volume]
  17. 2010, “Egoismus, Altruismus” [Selfishness, altruism]. In: Evolution: Ein interdisziplinäres Handbuch. P. Sarasin and M. Sommer (eds), J. B. Metzler Verlag, Stuttgart, pp. 12–14.      [published entry, penultimate draft, published volume]
  18. 2010, “Anpassung” [Adaptation]. In: Evolution: Ein interdisziplinäres Handbuch. P. Sarasin and M. Sommer (eds), J. B. Metzler Verlag, Stuttgart, pp. 5–7.      [published entry, penultimate draft, published volume]
  19. 2009, “Natural kinds in evolution and systematics: metaphysical and epistemological considerations.” Acta Biotheoretica 57: 77–97.      [penultimate draft, published article]
  20. 2007, “When traditional essentialism fails: biological natural kinds” (third author, with Robert A. Wilson and Matthew J. Barker). Philosophical Topics 35: 189–215.      [postprint, published article]
  21. 2007, “Typology now: homology and developmental constraints explain evolvability.” Biology & Philosophy 22: 709–725.      [postprint, published article]
  22. 2007, “The importance of homology for biology and philosophy” (with Paul E. Griffiths, introduction to the special issue). Biology & Philosophy 22: 633–641.      [postprint, published article]
  23. 2006, “Philosophical issues in experimental biology.” Review essay of The Philosophy of Experimental Biology by Marcel Weber, Cambridge University Press, 2005. Biology and Philosophy 21: 423–435.      [postprint, published article]
  24. 2005, “La prima fase dello sviluppo teorico di Konrad Lorenz e i fattori motivanti del suo concetto di istinto” [The early theoretical development of Konrad Lorenz and the motivating factors behind his instinct concept]. In: Konrad Lorenz cent'anni dopo: L'eredità scientifica del padre dell'etologia. M. Celentano and M. Stanzione (eds), Rubbettino Editore, Soveria Mannelli, pp. 47–69.      [English version draft, published volume]

Book Reviews

  1. 2016, Review of Reductive Explanation in the Biological Sciences by Marie I. Kaiser, Springer, 2015. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2016.08.22.
  2. 2014, Review of In Search of Mechanisms: Discoveries across the Life Sciences by Carl F. Craver and Lindley Darden, University of Chicago Press, 2013. Isis 105: 875–876.
  3. 2012, Review of Epistemology and Science Education: Understanding the Evolution vs. Intelligent Design Controversy edited by Roger S. Taylor and Michel Ferrari, Routledge, 2010. Science & Education 21: 579–582.
  4. 2011, Review of Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection by Peter Godfrey-Smith, Oxford University Press, 2009. The Philosophical Review 120: 140–143.
  5. 2010, Review of Being Reduced: New Essays on Reduction, Explanation, and Causation edited by Jakob Hohwy and Jesper Kallestrup, Oxford University Press, 2008. The Philosophical Quarterly 60: 873–875.
  6. 2008, “More worry and less love?” (with Alan C. Love, Karola Stotz, Daniel Schweitzer and Alex Rosenberg). Review symposium of Darwinian Reductionism: Or, How to Stop Worrying and Love Molecular Biology by Alex Rosenberg, University of Chicago Press, 2006. Metascience 17: 1–26.      [published symposium]
  7. 2008, Review of The Architecture of the Mind: Massive Modularity and the Flexibility of Thought by Peter Carruthers, Oxford University Press, 2006. Philosophy in Review / Comptes rendus philosophiques 28: 246–248.
  8. 2007, Review of From Embryology to Evo-Devo: A History of Developmental Evolution edited by Manfred Laubichler and Jane Maienschein, MIT Press, 2007. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 29: 529–531.
  9. 2007, Review of Reductionism in the Philosophy of Science by Christian Sachse, Ontos Verlag, 2007. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2007.09.01.
  10. 2007, Review of Exceeding Our Grasp: Science, History, and the Problem of Unconceived Alternatives by P. Kyle Stanford, Oxford University Press, 2006. Isis 98: 435–436.
  11. 2005, Review of Embryology, Epigenesis, and Evolution: Taking Development Seriously by Jason Robert, Cambridge University Press, 2004. Philosophy of Science 72: 650–653.
  12. 2005, Review of The Changing Role of the Embryo in Evolutionary Thought: Roots of Evo-Devo by Ron Amundson, Cambridge University Press, 2005. American Journal of Human Biology 17: 670–672.
  13. 2003, Review of Causation and Explanation by Stathis Psillos, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2002. Philosophy of Science 70: 844–846.
  14. 2003, Review of The Mind's Arrows: Bayes Nets and Graphical Causal Models in Psychology by Clark Glymour, MIT Press, 2001. Erkenntnis 59: 136–140.
  15. 2002, “The Linnean tradition under attack.” Review of The Poverty of the Linnean Hierarchy: A Philosophical Study of Biological Taxonomy by Marc Ereshefsky, Cambridge University Press, 2000. Metascience 11: 355–358.
  16. 2002, Review of What Functions Explain: Functional Explanation and Self-Reproducing Systems by Peter McLaughlin, Cambridge University Press, 2001. Erkenntnis 57: 123–126.
  17. 2002, “A fierce debate about our picture of evolution.” Review of Dawkins vs. Gould: Survival of the Fittest by Kim Sterelny, Icon Books, 2001. Metascience 11: 246–248.

Online preprints

My record and papers on Google scholar

Many of my online papers are listed on PhilPapers