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A Science of Human Nature?

Philosophical Disputes at the Interface of Natural and Social Science

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Biological Foundations


Hot off the press is Tim Lewens's new book, The Biological Foundations of Bioethics (Oxford University Press).


Much recent thought on the ethics of new biomedical technologies, and work in ethics and political philosophy more generally, is committed to hidden and contestable views about the nature of biological reality. This selection of essays teases out these biological foundations of bioethical writing and subjects them to scrutiny. The topics covered include human enhancement, the risks of technical progress, the alleged moral threat of synthetic biology, the reality of human nature, the relevance of evolutionary psychology to social policy, the nature of the distinction between health and disease, and justice in healthcare decision-making.





Adrian Boutel is giving not one but two talks in Helsinski in coming months. The first is as part of the third meeting of the Nordic Network for Philosophy of Science, where he'll be asking whether selected kinds are causal; the second is in a metaphysics of science workshop where he'll be discussing pattern properties and special-science causation. More details here.


Andrew Buskell recent paper, 'How to Be Skilful: Opportunistic Robustness and Normative Sensitivity' has been accepted for publication by Synthese. Read it here.

Chris Clarke has had two recent papers accepted for publication. The first, entitled 'Neuroeconomics and Confirmation Theory' is published in Philosophy of Science. The second, 'Multi-level Selection and the Explanatory Value of Mathematical Decompositions' is forthcoming in the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.