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Philosophy of Biology Graduate Programs

This site provides an unranked list of Ph.D. and terminal M.A. programs that have strengths in philosophy of biology. The primary intended audience is prospective and current graduate students with interests in philosophy of biology who want to get the lay of the land by seeing who works where and on what. All content on this site is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Contact Shawn Miller (shamiller@ucdavis.edu) with questions, comments, additions, subtractions, and the like.

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Standards, Practices, and Guidelines

  1. The criterion for program inclusion is that a philosophy (or HPS) program have at least one full-time faculty member who self-identifies as a philosopher of biology.
  2. The standard of evidence required to make the list is an official (or personal) university-affiliated website—or a publicly-accessible CV—that lists philosophy of biology as a primary research interest.
  3. Philosophers who have made contributions to the philosophy of biology but who do not list phil bio as an AOS/AOC are usually not listed.
  4. Affiliated, part-time, and emeritus faculty who work closely with graduate students should be labeled as such inside parentheses next to their names.
  5. Bioethics, environmental ethics, philosophy of neuroscience/cognitive science, philosophy of medicine, and history of biology—in and of themselves—are not counted as philosophy of biology.

Ph.D. Programs (Australasia)

All programs reside in philosophy departments, unless otherwise specified.

Australian National University

Department Website

  • Rachael Brown | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: The evolution of cognition and behaviour; the relationship between evolutionary developmental biology and the Neo-Darwinian Synthesis; model-based reasoning in biology and philosophy; and methodological issues in the study of animal behaviour and cognition (via website)
    • Ph.D. 2013 Australian National University
  • Kim Sterelny | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of Biology, Evolution, Philosophy of Psychology and Philosophy of Mind, Palaeoecology (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1977 University of Sydney

La Trobe University

Department Website

  • Rob Wilson | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialities: Mind and Cognitive Science; Science and Biology; Ethics and Disability; Philosophy for Children
    • Ph.D. 1992 Cornell (with a Cognitive Studies minor)

Macquarie University

Department Website

  • Adam Hochman | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: philosophy of biology, philosophy of psychology (from psychoanalysis to evolutionary psychology), philosophy of language, and the history and philosophy of race (via website)
    • Ph.D. 2014 University of Sydney
  • Karola Stotz | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Evolutionary, developmental and molecular biology, psychobiology and cognition (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1999 University of Ghent

University of Auckland

Department Website

  • Emily C. Parke | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Scientific inquiry and methodology, philosophy of biology (especially microbiology, astrobiology, evolutionary and conservation biology), philosophy of science (especially experiments and models), bioethics and environmental ethics (via website)
    • Ph.D. 2015 University of Pennsylvania

University of New South Wales

Department Website

  • Michaelis Michael | Website
    • Specialties: History and Philosophy of Science (incl. Non-historical Philosophy of Science), Epistemology, Metaphysics, History and Philosophy of Specific Fields, History of Philosophy, Philosophy, Logic (via website)
    • Ph.D. Princeton

University of Otago

Department Website

  • James Maclaurin | Website, PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of Biology, including innateness, fitness, theoretical morphology, biological diversity and universal darwinism (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1998 Australian National University

University of Sydney

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  • David Braddon-Mitchell | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of Mind and metaphysics, and cross borders into philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, ethics and political philosophy from time to time (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1988 Australian National University
  • Paul Griffiths | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Causal foundations of biological information; evolutionary medicine; innateness and human nature; concept of the gene; developmental systems theory (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1989 Australian National University
  • Peter Godfrey-Smith (in School of History and Philosophy of Science) | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of biology and the philosophy of mind; pragmatism (especially John Dewey), general philosophy of science, and some parts of metaphysics and epistemology (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1991 UC San Diego

Waikato University

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  • Justine Kingsbury | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of mind; philosophy of biology; critical thinking; aesthetics (especially philosophy of music) (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1999 Rutgers University

Ph.D. Programs (Canada)

All programs reside in philosophy departments, unless otherwise specified.

Dalhousie University

Department Website

  • Andrew Fenton | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Animal Ethics, Naturalized epistemology, Neuroethics, Philosophy of animal behaviour and cognition (via website)
    • Ph.D. 2007 University of Calgary

University of Alberta

Department Website

  • Ingo Brigandt | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Evolutionary developmental biology, molecular biology, systems biology, science and values
    • Ph.D. 2006 University of Pittsburgh (HPS)

University of British Columbia

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  • John Beatty | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Theoretical foundations, methodology, and socio-political dimensions of genetics and evolutionary biology (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1979 Indiana University (HPS)
  • Margaret Schabas | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Overlap of biology and economics and the formation of bioeconomics (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1983 University of Toronoto
  • Christopher Stephens | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Conceptual foundations of evolutionary theory, causation, the nature of evidence in evolutionary biology, reciprocal altruism, phylogenetic inference, and on models of the evolution of rationality (via website)
    • Ph.D. 2000 University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of Calgary

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  • Megan Delehanty | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Models, explanation, causation (via PhilPapers entries)
    • Ph.D. 2005 University of Pittsburgh (HPS)
  • Marc Ereshefsky | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Species; Natural Kinds; Scientific Classification; Biological Individuality; Homology; Historicity; Microbiology (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1988 University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • C. Kenneth Waters | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Causation, explanation, molecular biology, genetics, pluralism (via PhilPapers entries)
    • Ph.D. 1985 Indiana University (HPS)

University of Toronto

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  • Mohan Matthen | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of mind, especially perception, philosophy of biology, natural selection (via PhilPapers profile)
    • Ph.D. 1976 Stanford University
  • Paul Thompson | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Evolutionary theory, population genetics, mathematical modelling in biology, theory structure in biology, philosophy of medicine, and ethics (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1979 University of Toronto
  • Denis Walsh | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Models, mechanisms, fitness, causation (via PhilPapers entries)
    • Ph.D. 1988 McGill University (Biology)

University of Waterloo

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  • Carla Fehr | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of biology, Feminist Epistemology and Philosophy of Science, Feminist Science Studies, Philosophy of Science, evolution (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1999 Duke University
  • Katie Plaisance | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of biology, Philosophical issues in the human behavioral sciences, public understanding of science, interactional expertise, and Socially Relevant Philosophy Of Science
    • Ph.D. 2006 University of Minnesota
  • Paul Thagard (Emeritus) | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of science and medicine, cognitive science, philosophy of mind. Specific topics include analogy, coherence, decision making, conceptual change, explanatory reasoning, theoretical neuroscience, discovery and innovation, emotions and consciousness, moral psychology, and theories and explanations in biomedicine (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1977 University of Toronto

University of Western Ontario

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  • Gillian Barker | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Science
    • Ph.D. 1997 UC San Diego
  • Eric Desjardins | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Biology, Environmental Philosophy and Bioethics (via website)
    • Ph.D. 2009 University of British Columbia
  • Devin Henry | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Ancient Philosophy, History & Philosophy of Science (esp. Philosophy of Biology) (via website)
    • Ph.D. 2004 King’s College, University of London

Ph.D. Programs (Europe)

All programs reside in philosophy departments, unless otherwise specified.

KU Leuven

Department Website

  • Grant Ramsey | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of biology, the conceptual foundations of evolutionary theory, the study of human and non-human animal behavior, the moral emotions, and the automated text mining of scientific literature.
    • Ph.D. 2007 Duke University

Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain)

Department Website

  • Charles Pence | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: history and philosophy of biology, Darwin and the response to Darwin, chance and probability in evolution, integrated HPS, digital humanities
    • Ph.D. 2014 University of Notre Dame

Ph.D. Programs (United Kingdom)

All programs reside in philosophy departments, unless otherwise specified.

Birkbeck, University of London

Department Website

  • Robert Northcott | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of science, and especially the ‘special sciences’ such as biology and economics; metaphysics, especially the notions of causation and causal explanation; analysis of use of statistical techniques to measure causation, the place of causal explanation in evolutionary theory; role played by formal theory in economics (via website)
    • Ph.D. 2004 London School of Economics

University of Bristol

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  • Samir Okasha | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialities: evolutionary theory, levels of selection, population genetics, social evolution, rational choice
    • Ph.D. 1998 University of Oxford

University of Cambridge (History and Philosophy of Science)

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  • Tim Lewens | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of biology, philosophy of science, philosophical bioethics
    • Ph.D. 2001 University of Cambridge (HPS)

University of Exeter (Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology)

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  • John Dupre | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Particular interests include: biological classification, the relation of technical to everyday biological kinds and to traditional problems of essentialism; adaptationism and optimality; reductionism; indeterministic accounts of causality; evolution and the limitations of evolutionary psychology; and the biological basis of sex and gender. Also worked for several years on issues in the philosophy of economics (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1981 University of Cambridge
  • Sabina Leonelli | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Data-Intensive Science and Practices of Data Sharing and Re-Use; Open Science and Open Data; The Regulatory Role and Epistemic Impact of Bioinformatics in Biology and Biomedicine; Bio-Ontologies; History and Epistemic Status of Model Organism Research; History, Philosophy and Sociology of Plant Biology; The Role of Embodied Knowledge and Skills in Scientific Understanding; Abstraction and Modelling Processes in Biology; Distributed Cognition and Division of Scientific Labor; Unity, Disunity and Integration in Science: Early American Pragmatism; Science Policy and the Globalisation and Political Economy of Scientific Research (via website)
    • Ph.D. 2007 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Staffan Muller-Wille | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: History and philosophy of systematics; history of heredity; history of race and kinship (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1997 University of Bielefeld

King's College London

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  • Matteo Mameli | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Intersection of philosophy, the sciences of human behavior (biology, psychology, anthropology, sociology, economics, etc.), and moral and political theory (via website)
    • Ph.D. 2002 University of London

Lancaster University (Politics, Philosophy and Religion)

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  • Brian Garvey | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, philosophy of mind, psychoanalysis, Ryle, Austin, Dennett (via website)
    • Ph.D. 2000 Trinity College Dublin

University of Leeds

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  • Ellen Clarke | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Biological Individuality, Evolutionary Transitions, evolution of cooperation, natural selection, Philosophy of biology, philosophy of science
    • Ph.D. 2010 University of Bristol
  • Gregory Radick | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: History and Philosophy of Biology, especially evolutionary biology, genetics and animal behavior; History of the Human Sciences; Philosophy of Science; Philosophy of History; Intellectual Property (via website)
    • Ph.D. 2000 University of Cambridge (HPS)

London School of Economics (Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method)

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  • Jonathan Birch | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialities: Natural selection, evolution of social behaviour, evolutionary transitions, human evolution.
    • Willing to work with new students? Yes
    • Ph.D. 2013 University of Cambridge

University College London (Science and Technology Studies)

Department Website

  • Phyllis Illari | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Metaphysics, Epistemology and Methodology of Causality in the Sciences; wider research interests in Philosophy of Science, particularly Philosophy of Biology and Psychology, the still-expanding Mechanisms debate, and the Philosophy of Information (via website)
    • Ph.D. 2005 King's College London

Ph.D. Programs (United States)

All programs reside in philosophy departments, unless otherwise specified.

Arizona State University (Center for Biology and Society)

Department Website

  • Manfred Laubichler | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Theoretical biology and the history of biology using both empirical and conceptual approaches; role of gene regulatory networks in development and evolution; Theory of Complex Adaptive Systems, focusing on complexity as a unifying principle in the social and life sciences, including applications in biomedicine and the study of innovations (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1997 Yale University (Biology)
  • Jane Maienschein | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: History and philosophy of biology and the way biology, bioethics and bio-policy play out in society; embryology, genetics, and cell biology; epistemological standards, theories, and laboratory practices; studies of people and institutions, as well as the changing social, political, and legal context in which science thrive (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1978 Indiana University (HPS)
  • Jason Scott Robert | Website
    • Specialties: Political and societal problems that intersect with life sciences; produces educational materials and tools for “talking productively” (via website)
    • Ph.D. 2000 McMaster University
  • Beckett Sterner | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: History and philosophy of biology, especially mathematics in biology; information, individuality, species, modeling (via website)
    • Ph.D. 2012 University of Chicago (CHSS)

Boston College

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  • Daniel McKaughan | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of science, Philosophy of biology, Epistemology, Philosophy of religion (via website)
    • Ph.D. 2007 University of Notre Dame

Boston University

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  • Tian Yu Cao | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy and History of Science (physics, biology and cognitive sciences), Epistemology, Metaphysics, Social and Political Philosophy, with special interests in philosophical issues related to (classical and global) modernity and postmodernity (via website)
    • Ph.D. University of Cambridge
  • Russell Powell | Website, PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Conceptual and methodological problems in evolutionary theory; epistemological and metaphysical dimensions of debates in contemporary bioethics, especially in relation to emerging biotechnologies (via website)
    • J.D. 2002 New York University
    • Ph.D. 2009 Duke University

Carnegie Mellon University

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  • Kevin J.S. Zollman | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Game theory, agent based modeling, philosophy of science
    • Ph.D. 2007 UC Irvine (LPS)

City University of New York Graduate Center

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  • Massimo Pigliucci | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of biology, in particular the structure and foundations of evolutionary theory, the relationship between science and philosophy, and the nature of pseudoscience (via website)
    • Doctorate University of Ferrara (Genetics)
    • Ph.D. University of Connecticut (Biology)
    • Ph.D. 2003 University of Tennessee (Philosophy)
  • Thomas Teufel | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of biology, Kant, 18th Century philosophy, philosophy of art (via website)
    • Ph.D. 2006 Harvard University

Columbia University

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  • Philip Kitcher | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Conceptual and methodological issues in biology; questions about the relations of biological research to society and politics; role of scientific inquiry in democratic societies; pragmatism (especially William James and John Dewey) (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1974 Princeton University

Duke University

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  • Robert N. Brandon | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of biology, philosophy of science, logic (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1979 Harvard University
  • Alexander Rosenberg | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: problems in metaphysics, mainly surrounding causality, the philosophy of social sciences, especially economics, and most of all, the philosophy of biology, in particular the relationship between molecular, functional and evolutionary biology (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1971 Johns Hopkins University
  • Karen Neander | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Biology, Cognitive Science (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1983 La Trobe University
  • Dan McShea | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Paleobiology, with a focus on large-scale trends in the history of life, especially documenting and investigating the causes of the (putative) trend in the complexity of organisms; operationalizing concepts, such as complexity and hierarchy, as well as clarifying conceptual issues related to trends at larger scales (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1990 University of Chicago (Committee on Evolutionary Biology)

Florida State University

Department Website

  • James Justus | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of Science (esp. biology), Carnap, Epistemology (esp. formal and naturalized), Environmental Philosophy, History of Analytic Philosophy (via website)
    • Ph.D. 2007 University of Texas at Austin
  • Michael Ruse | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of Biology (especially Darwinism), Ethics, the History and Philosophy of Science (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1970 Bristol University

Indiana University (History and Philosophy of Science)

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  • Sander Gliboff | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: History of biology, especially evolution and genetics, and the science in modern Germany and Austria (via website)
    • Ph.D. 2001 Johns Hopkins University
  • Elisabeth Lloyd | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of biology, general philosophy of science, the role of models in science, and gender issues in science (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1984 Princeton University

Michigan State University

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  • Fred Gifford | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of Science (particularly philosophy of biology and medicine); Ethics (particularly ethics in health care and the life sciences)
    • Ph.D. 1984 University of Pittsburgh (HPS)
  • Robert T. Pennock | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Evolution and computing (via publication list)
    • Ph.D. 1991 University of Pittsburgh (HPS)
  • Sean Valles | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of population health, from the use of evidence in medical genetics to the roles played by race concepts in epidemiology (via website)
    • Ph.D. 2010 Indiana University (HPS)

New York University

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  • Laura Franklin-Hall | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: philosophy of biology, the general philosophy of science, and metaphysics (via website)
    • Ph.D. 2008 Columbia University

Stanford University

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  • Helen Longino | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: The underdetermination problem in the context of a probabilistic epistemology/metaphysics; analyzing the differences between weak and strong social epistemology; understanding ecological explanation (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1973 Johns Hopkins University
  • Brian Skyrms (1/3 time appointment; at Stanford every Spring) | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Evolution of conventions and the social contract; inductive logic, decision theory, rational deliberation, the metaphysics of logical atomism, causality, and Truth (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1964 University of Pittsburgh

Temple University

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  • Lindsay Craig | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of evolutionary biology and philosophy of science (via website)
    • Ph.D. University of Cincinnati

Texas A&M University

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  • Roger Sansom | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of biology, philosophy of science (via website)
    • Ph.D. 2002 University of North Carolina

Tulane University

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  • Dan Burnston | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of science and mind, especially how to functionally decompose complex cognitive and biological systems
    • Ph.D. 2015 University of California, San Diego (Philosophy and Cognitive Science)

University of Albany

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  • Monika Piotrowska | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of Biology and Bioethics; conceptual and ethical issues arising from recent advances in genetics and biotechnology (via website)
    • Ph.D. University of Utah

University of California, Davis

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  • James R. Griesemer | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Evolutionary biology, genetics, developmental biology, ecology and systematics
    • Ph.D. 1983 University of Chicago (Conceptual Foundations of Science)
  • Roberta L. Millstein | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: History and philosophy of evolutionary biology and ecology, causation, chance, environmental ethics
    • Ph.D. 1997 University of Minnesotta, Twin Cities

University of California, Irvine (Logic and Philosophy of Science)

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  • Simon Huttegger | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Game and Decision Theory, Probability, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Biology, Measurement Theory (via CV)
    • Ph.D. 2006 Universität Salzburg
  • Cailin O'Connor | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Science, Evolutionary Game Theory, Philosophy, Evolutionary Biology, Game Theory, Epistemology, Animal Behaviour, Social behavior in animals, Natural (Naturalised) Philosophy, Culture Evolution--Retardant/Accelerant of Genetic Evolution, Psychology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience, Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Developmental Biology, Epigenetics, Philosophy of perception, Animal Cognition, Visual Neuroscience, Kinds of Inheritance System: Genes, Cultures, Learning, Ambiguity, Vagueness, Peter Godfrey-Smith, Naturalized ethics, Bargaining, Experimental Economics, Cultural Evolution, Decision And Game Theory, Evolution of cooperation (Evolutionary Biology), and Social Epistemology (via academia.edu)
    • Ph.D. 2013 UC Irvine (LPS)
  • P. Kyle Stanford | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Centrally concerned with what we know and how we know it; philosophy of biology, the history of modern philosophy (especially the writings of Locke and Hume), and the philosophy of language (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1997 UC San Diego (Philosophy/Science Studies)
  • Brian Skyrms | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Evolution of conventions and the social contract; inductive logic, decision theory, rational deliberation, the metaphysics of logical atomism, causality, and Truth (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1964 University of Pittsburgh

University of California, San Diego

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  • William Bechtel | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of the life sciences, including systems biology, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, neuroscience, cognitive science, and mechanisms; chronobiology, which over the past twenty years which has revealed critical components and organization of the intercellular oscillators responsible for circadian behavior in mammals, insects, and plants, as well as their entrainment and sychronization, as a model science; interest is coupled with an interest in how neural systems generally "compute" via dynamic synchronization of endogenously active (oscillating) local populations of neurons (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1977 University of Chicago

University of California, Santa Cruz

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  • Rasmus Grønfeldt Winther | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Biology (Genetics, Evolutionary Theory) (via website)
    • Ph.D. 2003 Indiana University (HPS)

University of Chicago (Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science)

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  • David Jablonski (has been on CHSS dissertation committees) | Website
    • Specialties: Combining of data from living and fossil organisms to study the origins and the fates of lineages and adaptations (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1979 Yale University
  • Robert J. Richards | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: history and philosophy of psychology and biology. This includes particular interest in evolutionary theory, biopsychology, ethology, and sociobiology (via website)
    • Ph.D. St. Louis University
    • Ph.D. 1978 University of Chicago
  • William C. Wimsatt | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: history and philosophy of biology, cultural evolution, evolutionary developmental biology, complex systems
    • Ph.D. 1971 University of Pittsburgh

University of Cincinnati

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  • Tony Chemero | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: neuroscience, ecological psychology, artificial life, dynamical systems and complex systems, cognitive science
    • Ph.D. 1999 Indiana University (Philosophy and Cognitive Science)
  • Valerie Hardcastle | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: neurobiology, neuropsychiatry and the law, embodied cognition
    • Ph.D. 1994 UC San Diego (Philosophy and Cognitive Science)
  • Koffi N. Maglo | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: philosophy of biomedicine, genomics and race, race-based medicine, bioethics
    • Ph.D. 1998 University of Burgundy
  • Thomas W. Polger | | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: multiple realization and realization; explanation in life, brain, and cognitive sciences; role of evolutionary theory in thinking about minds and consciousness; neuroscience and cognitive sciences
    • Ph.D. 2000 Duke University
  • Angela Potochnik | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: methodology of population biology, behavioral ecology, explanation, idealization, socially engaged philosophy of science, logical empiricism
    • Ph.D. 2007 Stanford University
  • Robert C. Richardson | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: evolutionary theory, developmental biology, cognitive science, theory change
    • Ph.D. 1977 University of Chicago
  • Robert A. Skipper, Jr. | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: history of evolutionary genetics, evolutionary genetics, obesity science, controversies, explanation, socially engaged philosophy of science
    • Ph.D. 2000 University of Maryland, College Park (Committee on the History and Philosophy of Science)

University of Kansas

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  • Armin Schulz | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: How and when evolutionary theory can be used to illuminate issues that are not obviously evolutionary biological (especially ones in psychology, social science, and philosophy); and how and when theories from psychology, social science, and philosophy can be used to illuminate evolutionary biological issues (via website)
    • Ph.D. 2010 University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of Maryland, College Park

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  • Lindley Darden | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Reasoning in scientific change; development of scientific knowledge as progressing through iterative cycles of construction, evaluation, and revision of hypotheses; conceptual aspects of discovery of biological mechanisms from the nineteenth through the twenty-first century, such as evolutionary and genetic mechanisms (via websites)
    • Ph.D. 1974 University of Chicago (Conceptual Foundations of Science)

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

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  • Alan C. Love | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: History and philosophy of evolutionary developmental biology, evolutionary theory, developmental biology, functional morphology, conceptual change, explanatory pluralism, reductionism, the nature of historical science, interdisciplinary epistemology, and the structure of scientific problems
    • Ph.D. 2005 University of Pittsburgh (HPS)
  • William C. Wimsatt (part-time appointment) | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: history and philosophy of biology, cultural evolution, evolutionary developmental biology, complex systems
    • Willing to work with new students? Yes
    • Ph.D. 1971 University of Pittsburgh

University of Missouri

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  • Andre Ariew | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, fitness, causation (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1997 University of Arizona
  • Andrew Melnyk | Website
    • Specialties: scientific metaphysics, inter-level relations, physicalism, naturalism, reduction, supervenience, realization
    • Ph.D. 1991 Oxford University
  • Paul Weirich | Website
    • Specialties: Decision theory and game theory
    • Ph.D. 1977 UCLA

University of Oregon

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  • Nicolae Morar | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Applied Ethics, Philosophy of Biology, 20th Continental Philosophy
    • Ph.D. 2005 Purdue University

University of Pennsylvania

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  • Cristina Bicchieri | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: evolutionary game theory, evolution of social norms
    • Ph.D. 1984 Cambridge University
  • Karen Detlefsen | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: history of philosophy of biology
    • Ph.D. 2001 University of Toronto
  • Gary Hatfield | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: history of philosophy of biology, perception, neuroscience and psychology
    • Ph.D. 1979 University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Quayshawn Spencer | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: population genetics, phylogenetics, biology and race
    • Ph.D. 2009 Stanford University
  • Michael Weisberg | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: tradeoffs and Idealization in modeling, agent-based models in evolution and ecology, origin of life, biology and race
    • Ph.D. 2003 Stanford University

University of Pittsburgh (History and Philosophy of Science)

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  • Colin Allen Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Comparative Cognition, Computational HPS
    • Ph.D. 1989 UCLA
  • Mazviita Chirimuuta | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Relationship between neuroscience and the philosophy of mind and perception; color vision, developing a theory of color that acknowledges the complexities of visual function revealed by recent perceptual science (via website)
    • Ph.D. 2004 University of Cambridge
  • James G. Lennox | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Ancient Greek philosophy and science, William Harvey, Darwin, and Darwinism (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1978 University of Toronoto
  • Peter Machamer | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: History and philosophy of science, primarily on 16th- and 17th-century topics, especially Galileo, Descartes and Hobbes, and in the philosophy of cognitive psychology and neuroscience, and social science, and on values and science.
    • Ph.D. 1972 University of Chicago
  • Edouard Machery | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Theoretical issues raised by psychology and cognitive science; concepts; evolution, culture, cognition; experimental philosophy (via website)
    • Ph.D. 2004 Université Paris-Sorbonne
  • Sandra Mitchell | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Epistemological and metaphysical issues in the philosophy of science; scientific explanations of complex behavior, representing multi-level, multi-component complex systems; functional explanation, units of selection in evolutionary biology, sociobiology, biological complexity and self-organization, and scientific laws (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1987 University of Pittsburgh (HPS)
  • Kenneth F. Schaffner | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Human behavioral and psychiatric genetics (via website)
    • M.D. University of Pittsburgh
    • Ph.D. 1967 Columbia University
  • James Woodward | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Theories of causation, explanation and inductive inference in general philosophy of science, philosophy of psychology, and philosophy of social science; empirical psychology of causal learning and judgment (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1977 University of Texas at Austin

University of Rochester

Department Website

  • Hayley Clatterbuck | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of Science, particularly philosophy of biology and cognitive science (via website)
    • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • William J. FitzPatrick | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Metaethics; Normative Ethics; Bioethics; Philosophy of Biology (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1995 UCLA

University of South Florida

Department Website

  • Richard Manning | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Spinoza, Kant, Davidson, McDowell, Rorty, epistemology, philosophy of language, philosophy of biology and aesthetics (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1992 Northwestern

University of Texas at Austin

Department Website

  • Sahotra Sarkar | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: History and philosophy of science, particularly in both philosophy of biology and physics (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1989 University of Chicago

University of Utah

Department Website

(Links to faculty web pages are broken as of Dec. 10, 2018; problem is on Utah's end, best I can tell. --SM)

  • Stephen M. Downes | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of Biology; Biology of Human Behavior and Models and Images in Science (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1990 Virginia Tech (STS)
  • Melinda B. Fagan | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of science, focusing on experimental practice in biology (particularly stem cell and developmental biology), explanation, and conceptions of objectivity and evidence (via website)
    • Ph.D. 2007 Indiana University (HPS)
  • Matt Haber | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of Biology and Philosophy of Science; philosophical and conceptual issues in systematics, particularly those stemming from a commitment to phylogenetic thinking (via website)
    • Ph.D. 2005 UC Davis (Philosophy, Population Biology Affiliate)
  • James Tabery | Website| PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of science and applied ethics, as well as the intersection between those domains; causation and explanation in biology and their ethical, legal, and social implications (via website)
    • Ph.D. 2007 University of Pittsburgh (HPS)

University of Virginia

Department Website

  • Erin Eaker | Website
    • Specialties: Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Biology, Environmental Philosophy
    • Ph.D. UCLA

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department Website

  • Daniel Hausman | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Rational choice theory, game theory, the concept of measurement and health
    • Ph.D. 1978 Columbia University
  • Elliott Sober | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of evolutionary biology, confirmation, explanation, reductionism, modeling, probability and statistics, parsimony
    • Willing to work with new students? Yes
    • Ph.D. 1974 Harvard University
  • Russ Shafer-Landau | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Evolutionary debunking arguments targeting morality
    • Ph.D. 1992 University of Arizona
  • Lawrence Shapiro | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of psychology and philosophy of mind; issues concerning multiple realization and embodied cognition (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1992 University of Pennsylvania
  • Michael Titelbaum | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Bayesian epistemology
    • Ph.D. 2008 UC Berkeley

Washington University in St. Louis

Department Website

  • Carl F. Craver | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of neuroscience, theories of explanation, philosophy of psychology, cognitive neuropsychology
    • Ph.D. 1998 University of Pittsburgh
  • Ron Mallon | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Race, social construction, moral psychology, experimental philosophy
    • Ph.D. 2000 Rutgers University
  • Anya Plutynski | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: History and philosophy of biology, general philosophy of science, cancer biology, early 20th Century genetics, evolutionary theory, explanation, modeling.
    • Ph.D. 2002 University of Pennsylvania

M.A. Programs

Concordia University, Montreal

Department Website

  • Matthew Barker | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of biology, value theory, philosophy of psychology, general philosophy of science, and 17th and 18th century philosophy
    • Ph.D. 2010 University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • David Morris | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Phenomenology (esp. Merleau-Ponty) with a focus on the philosophy of the body, mind and nature in relation to current biology and cognitive science (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1997 University of Toronto

Oregon State University

Department Website

  • Jonathan Kaplan | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Science, Political Philosophy (via website)
    • Ph.D. 1996 Stanford University

Texas Tech University

Department Website

  • Joel Velasco | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Science, Formal Epistemology
    • Ph.D. 2008 University of Wisconsin-Madison

Tufts University

Department Website

  • Patrick Forber | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Confirmation, explanation, and idealization in science, especially in evolutionary biology and ecology (via website)
    • Ph.D. 2006 Stanford University

University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Ethics & Applied Philosophy)

Department Website

  • Trevor Pearce | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: History and philosophy of biology, focusing on how research in experimental biology, ecology, and paleobiology, suitably understood, can help answer broader questions about the relative importance of different causal factors in evolutionary history (via website)
    • Ph.D. 2010 University of Chicago (Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science)

University of Victoria

Department Website

  • Scott Woodcock | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Explanations for altruism, levels of selection, and ethics and naturalism
    • Ph.D. 2001 University of Toronto

Virginia Tech

Department Website

  • Benjamin Jantzen | Website | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Physics, General Philosophy of Science, Biophysics
    • Ph.D. 2010 Carnegie Mellon University (Logic, Computation, and Methodology)
  • Richard M. Burian (Emeritus) | PhilPapers
    • Specialties: Philosophy of Biology, History of Philosophy of Biology, History of Philosophy of Science, Science Studies
    • Ph.D. 1971 University of Pittsburgh