André Ariew

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Associate Professor, Philosophy

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research description:
I am a philosopher of science primarily interested in the nature of evolutionary explanations including those found in the social sciences. I am interested in how the biological theory of natural selection has changed from Darwin's version to the statistical versions that appeared in the early 20th century. I am also interested in general questions like, how and what does natural selection theory explain? Or, even more generally, what constitutes a scientific explanation in the first place?
relevant courses:
PHL 4400/7400 Philosophy of science (check
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PHL 4420/7420 Philosophy of Biology (check
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PHL 9830 Seminar in Philosophy of Science (offered spring 2010)