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Recent Conferences

July 15–18, 2010

Conceptual Change in Biological Science: Evolutionary Developmental Biology, 1981–2011

Location: Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin-Dahlem

Alan Love
(Philosophy, University of Minnesota)
Steering Committee:
Gerd Müller
(Theoretical Biology, University of Vienna)
Rudolf Raff
(Biology, Indiana University)
David Wake
(Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley)

Sponsors: Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research; Max Planck Institute for the History of Science; Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science; University of Minnesota McKnight Land-Grant Professorship



Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice 2009

Thursday, June 18th to Saturday, June 20th, 2009
University of Minnesota, USA
Local organizer: Douglas Allchin
The Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP) aims to create an interdisciplinary community of scholars who approach the philosophy of science with a focus on scientific practice and the practical uses of scientific knowledge.


Biological Explanations of Behavior: Philosophical Perspectives

Thursday, June 12th to Sunday, June 15th, 2008
Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany


This conference was organized around three general themes: explanations in behavioral genetics, developmental explanations of behavior, and the evolution of behavior. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following: evolutionary explanations of human and animal behavior (e.g., altruism), causal claims in behavioral genetics, behavioral traits as natural kinds, logical analyses of arguments in evolutionary psychology, and comparisons of the different ways that biologists from different disciplines explain behavior. In addition, we welcome papers that include philosophical analyses of concepts central to biological explanations of behavior, such as innateness, imprinting, and particular behavioral traits.

The conference began with a keynote address that is intended to set the agenda for the conference. On each of the three following days, there will be a plenary lecture in the morning in accordance with the theme for the day, which will then be followed by topical sessions of contributed papers. The conference sessions will be organized in series (rather than in parallel sessions) so that participants had the opportunity to attend all presentations.

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