You are invited to the Deep South Philosophy of Biology Workshop, March 31 - April 1 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Workshop guests — philosophers of science working in the deep South — will discuss recent research in philosophy of biology and closely related areas.

Philosophy of biology is a part of philosophy of science that focuses specifically on philosophical issues concerning biological sciences. It's an extremely broad field that includes research on:
  • the nature and form of scientific evidence in biological sciences
  • the character of biological explanations
  • the roles of models and theory in biology
  • causation and chance in biological processes
  • relationships between “levels” (genes and cells, organisms and groups, physiological processes and evolutionary processes, etc.), and
  • ethical issues concerning biological science.

The keynote speaker is Lindley Darden (Maryland), who will speak on "A Diagrammatic Framework to Aid Discovery of Genetic Disease Mechanisms." You can find a list of speakers, as well as the titles and abstracts of the talks, on the conference website.

The workshop takes place March 31 through April 1, from 8:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. each day, in Campbell Hall room 405. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information visit the conference website or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Download Schedule (word document)

Friday, March 31

8:45 a.m. — James Justus (FSU) (with Samantha Wakil, UNC), "Mathematical Explanation and the Biological Optimality Fallacy"
10:15 a.m. — Nicholaos Jones (UAH), "Non-Mechanistic Explanations with Mechanistic Grounds"
1:15 p.m. — John Bickle (Miss. State & Univ. of Miss. Med. Ctr.), "Tool Development: How Experiment-Driven Sciences Progress"
2:30 p.m. — Michael Ruse (FSU), "Christianity and Darwinism: The Paradox of War"
4:00 p.m. — Keynote: Lindley Darden (Maryland), "A Diagrammatic Framework to Aid Discovery of Genetic Disease Mechanisms"

Saturday, April 1

8:45 a.m. — Charles Pence (LSU), "What Role for “Fitness?"
10:15 a.m. — Laura Seger (UAB, Indiana), "My Unlucky Generation: The Unanticipated Casualties of the Chickenpox Vaccine"
1:15 p.m. — Richard Richards (UA), "Niche Construction and the Biology of Normativity"
2:30 p.m. — Barton Moffat (Miss. State), "A Causal Role Account of Signal"
4:00 p.m. — Marshall Abrams (UAB), "Selection for Misperception? Prediction Error Minimization, R-strategies, & Culture"