Philosopher of Biology.
Institut d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques (CNRS/ Université Paris 1 Sorbonne)
I am a CNRS Research director, working mainly on issues about evolutionary biology and ecology.
My main interests are : the variety of evolutionary explanations, with a focus on structural explanations (including network analysis); the relations between variation, selection and drift; the issue of individuality in biology related to the “evolutionary transitions” program and the formal definitions of emergence; the philosophy of ecology and especially neutral theories in community ecology; and the concept of organism and its role in current biology. (This last topic relates to former work I have been extensively doing about Kantian views of biology with regard to prebiological conceptions of organisms.)