International context

A. Invited lectures and talks.:

  1. University of Nantes, April 2002 (« Bichat et la naissance de la physiologie expérimentale »)
  2. Northwestern University (Ill.), May 2005 (“The mind-body problem and the rise of alienism in Early modern France”)
  3. University of Chicago, (« Hermeneutics of nature: a framework for understanding the philosophy of nature”), May 5, 2005
  4. Université de Montréal, March 17, 2005 (« Kant et l’herméneutique de la nature »)
  5. University of Notre-Dame, April 2005 (« The adventures of reason – from Kant to Goethe »)
  6. University of Texas at El Paso, May 2005 (“Causation : between a pragmatic and a realist account”)
  7. Universidad de Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil, September 2005 (“Kant’s metaphysics of life and teleology”)
  8. Université de Lausanne, November 29, 2005 (on evolutionary ethics)
  9. Université du Québec à Montréal, May 12, 2006 (on adaptation)
  10. “Assessing the adaptationist approaches to cognitive biases”, Closing conference, Cognition and reasoning, Tokyo, Keio university, March 12, 20007
  1. Workshop “Teleology in biology” (org. Lenny Moss), Exeter, July 2007.
  2. Workshop “Duke’ing the Toronto interpretation of natural selection”, University of Toronto, IHPST, October 20-21, 2007
  3. « Emergence and discontinuity in evolution », International conference on emergence, Erice (Sicily), April 2008
  4. “About computational emergence and evolution” Philosophy of biology club, Davis  University, Feb. 2009.
  5. Conference Darwinism and its problems,  Sydney, July 2009. (“What does evolution explain?”)
  6. Workshop Levels of selection, ECAL conference, Budapest, September 14 2009 (“What does the evolutionary transitions program tell us about adaptation ?”)
  7. Symposium “Darwin, then and now”, University of Belgrade, Oct. 2009 (“Investigating current cooperation studies in evolutionary theory: philosophy of science and the prospects for a unified  biological understanding of human altruism.”)
  8. Workshop Teleology in biology, Berlin, November 2009
  9. Workshop “Realization and realizability”, Birmingham, University of Alabama, Feb. 2010
  10. Workshop Kant and biology, Tubingen, December 2010
  11. Workshop Genealogies of life Vienna, October 2010
  12. “Philosophie de la biologie et bioéthique.” Journées Bioéthique Paris, 17 Nov. 2010
  13. Metaphysics of Microevolutionary processes. Birmingham (AL.), march 2011.
  14. Workshop Cognitive sciences and realisability . University of Delaware, 24-25 septembre 2011.
  15. Atelier Cognitive sciences and realisability. University of Delaware, 16-17 septembre 2011 (“Externalism and causal parity: extensions in life and mind.”).
  16. University of Maryland, Department of Philosophy.  14 septembre 2011 (“Distinguishing causal explanations in biology: topologies and mechanisms.”).
  17.  Atelier Causation, probability and evidence. Université de Genève, Dec. 1-2, 2011. (“Drift, selection, counterfactuals and epistemic opacity.”)
  18. University of Chicago. CHSS seminar. (“Genes and organisms in evolutionary theory”)
  19. Philosophy of Biology in the UK workshop. April 2012
  20. Association pour l’Etude de l’Evolution Biologique. Marsielle, 13 Juin 2012.

B. Talks, international conferences.

  1. “Art of time and slack periods : the cinematographical construction of time from Antonioni to Kiarostami”,  International word and images congress, Holy Cross College, Worcester (Ma.), July 2001.
  2. « The power of selection : conceptions of causation and selectionnist explanations », Colloque franco-finlandais de philosophie des sciences, IHPST-Institut finlandais-Collège de France, Paris, March 15, 2003.
  3. « « Animal economy » and the rise of psychiatry », UCLA (Los Angeles), ISECS international conference, roundtable « Anthropology of the Enlightenment », dir. Larry Wolff, August 2003.
  4. Comment on Joan Steigerwald, German Biology in 19th century, org. Pietro Corsi, Paris, Museum, Decemeber 3-4, 2004.
  5. “Causation : about being a pragmatist”, World congress of philosophy, Spetses (Gr.), June, 28, 2004.
  6. « Weak realism in the etiological theory of functions », ISHPSSB Conference, Guelph July 2005
  7. “Mayr’s two concepts of cause and the etiological theory of functions”, International History of science conference, Beijing, July 2005
  8. « The non-metaphysics of life and teleological judgements», International Kant Congress, Sao Paulo, September 2005
  9. “La question de l’organisation à l’époque des Lumières: entre naturalismes et kantisme”, Congrès international de la société d’études kantiennes, Napoli, October 2005
  10. « The function of sex. A testcase for the etiological theory », Conference Functional explanation and teleology, A tribute to Larry Wright, Paris, IHPST, Nov. 11 2005
  11. “On natural selection as a cause and as explanation”, Symposium on “Causes of evolution”, Canadian society for philosophy of science, May 2006
  12. Comment on R. Powell, “Key innovations”, Consortium for philosophy of biology, First meeting, “Complexity”,  Montreal, May 2006
  13. “Eclipse and return of the organisms ?”, in The status of organisms in evolutionary theory, Rehseis, Paris, May 2006
  14. “Functional explanations in Trivers’ socio-biology”, Hopos Congress, June 2006, Paris
  15. “Emergent processes or emergence of properties”, symposium on computational emergence, PSA 2006, Vancouver
  16. Comment on Samir Okasha’s talk, Symbiosis, International conference, Philosophy and history of symbiosis studies, Paris, ISHPSSB, March 11, 2007
  17.  « Causalité et sélection » Congrès de la SPS, Genève, Mars 2007
  18. Comment on R. Bryant (The diversity stability hypothesis), Second Consortium for philosophy of biology meeting ‘Causation in biology”, Paris, May 2007
  19. “Pinel et le cas clinique”. ISECS international conference, Montpellier, July 2007
  20. 30.  “The inscrutability of selection and drift.” Philosophy of probabilities in physics and biology, Paris, February 12-13 2009.
  21. « Emergence and life», Le vitalisme, Montpellier, June 25, 2009
  1. « Evolvability, transitions and the emergence of new individuals”, ISHPSSB, Exeter, Juy 2007
  2. Discussant, “About DST”, org. MC Lorne, ISHPSSB, Exeter 2007
  3. « L’unité de l’Unique fondement : histoire naturelle et métaphysique  » Congrès de la Société d’Etudes kantiennes en langue française, Quebec, October 3-6, 2007.
  4.  “Function and adaptation: a conceptual demarcation”, International conference on function and functional explanations, org. Gayon & De Ricqles, Paris, College de France, May 21-24
  5. “Robustness and the genotype phenotype maps”, Paris-Montreal Consortium for the History and Philosophy of Biology, ”Development”, 3rd Meeting, May 13 2008
  6. “Adaptation and multi level selection”, Pittsburgh-IHPST workshop, Adaptations in biology and psychology, June 4, 2008
  7. “What does computer science bring to evolutionary biology ? Classifying processes and patterns of open-ended evolution”, International seminar on models, P. Humphreys (org.), Paris, IHPST, June 9-13 2008
  8. “Ernst Mayr’s major concepts and their fate in the philosophy of biology”, HOPOS 2008, Vancouver, June 21 2008
  9. “The formal concept of emergence”, European graduate meeting in the philosophy of life sciences, Rovigo (It.), sept 4, 2008
  10. “Organisms as natural purposes : the return”, The concept of organism – session 2, IHPST, Paris, Dec. 13 2008
  1. Consortium for Philosophy of Biology, Duke University, May 22-24 2009 (comment on Bolduc’s talk)
  2. “Why extending the evolutionary synthesis ? A synthesis.” Paris, IHPST, Challenges to evolutionary theory : inheritance and development. Part I. May 2009.
  3. “Computer science meets evolutionary biology: pure possible processes and the issue of gradualism.” ECAP Conference  (philosophy of computation), Barcelona, July 2009.
  4. The use of computer simulation in studying biological evolution: pure possible processes, selective regimes and open-ended evolution”, Symposium Biological instruments, International conference on the history of science and technique (ICHST), Budapest July 09.
  1. “Model pluralism, concepts-pluralism and process-pluralism in the study of cooperation.”  ISHPSSB Conference.  Brisbane, July 2009.
  2. « The causal status of natural selection. » Charles Darwin and modern biology. Saint Petersbourg, September 21-23, 2009.
  3. « L’analytique de la biologie dans la métaphysique » Kant, la science et les sciences. Congrès de la SEKLF. Lyon,September, 8-12 2009.
  1. « Drift, selection, and the parsing of causes. » EPSA, Amsterdam, october 2009.
  2. « Computational emergence and predictibility » Congrès de la Société de Philosophie des Sciences, Paris Novembre 2009.
  3. “About the conceptual foundations of ecological engineering.” Ecological Engineering, from concepts to applications, Paris Dec 4 2009
  4. Computational Emergence, Robustness and Realism: Considering Ecology and Its Neutral Models  ” Reduction and emergence in the sciences.  IHPST/Pittsburgh conference, December 12, 2009.
  5. Explaining diversity through evolution : branching and clustering ” Challenges to evolutionary theory II. Toronto, March 2010.
  6. Comment on “defining life” through reproduction” (Mariscal), Consortium for Philosophy of biology, Montreal, Mai 2010.
  7. Comment on talks by Demazeux, Thery, Gross on molecular biology, European graduate Meeting for the Philosophy of Life Sciences (EASPLS), Brocher Foundation Geneva, Seprember 6-11 2010.
  8. “Organisms in evolution ?”  History of Science Society, Nov. 2010
  9. “Formal darwinism and the view of organisms.”  PSA. Montreal, Nov. 2010.
  10. “The organismic critique within the Modern Synthesis and after », Interpreting the Modern Synthesis and sketching the agenda for philosophers of biology. Paris, IHPST, Nov. 11,2010. MS & organisms ppt
  11. “Weak individuality of organisms and ecosystems.” Organisms as ecosystems, ecosystems as organisms. (Stabeco program). Paris, December 16-17 2010.
  12. “Organisms in evolution : the story.” Workshop Adaptation and embodied cognition. Pittsburgh, 18-19 Mars 2011.pittsburgh embodiement adaptation workshop
  13. “Topological explanations and mechanisms” Workshop Counterfactual and mechanisms. Paris, March 25 2011.  huneman causation workshop 2011
  14. “Development in evolution : issues about macro and microevoluttion.” Consortium for History and philosophy of biology¸ Paris, Mai 2011.
  15.  “Adaptation in transitions”, ISHPSSB, Salt Lake City, Juillet 2011.
  16. “Distinguishing explanatory regimes in evolutionary biology : a systematic view.” European Evolutionary Biology Meeting Egee, Marseille, 26-29 Septembre 2011.
  17. “Parallel justifications and genetic enhancement.” Conférence Transforming human nature, Dublin, Octobere, 2011.




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