THE RIDDLE OF ORGANISMAL AGENCY:
NEW HISTORICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL REFLECTIONS


24th-25th MARCH 2022, BECKMANNS HOF & ZOOM, RUHR UNIVERSITY BOCHUM

9th RUB-Workshop on the History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences

24th – 25th March 2022

The overall goal of this workshop is to address the riddle of organismal agency through the lenses of philosophy, history, and the biological sciences. It aims to (i) clarify the epistemological and ontological underpinnings of organismal agency; (ii) contextualize this problem in the history of philosophy and biology in fruitful new directions; and (iii) delve into the consequences of embracing organismal agency for the study of development and evolution, its formal integration into biological theories, and translatability into scientific practice.


This workshop is organized by the ROTO research group (‘The Return of the Organism in the Biosciences: Theoretical, Historical and Social Dimensions’) at Ruhr University Bochum. For more information regarding the group and our research, please visit https://rotorub.wordpress.com/

SPEAKERS

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Samir Okasha

University of Bristol

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Gregory Radick

University of Leeds

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Alejandro
Fábregas-Tejeda

Ruhr University Bochum

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Bendik Hellem Aaby

KU Leuven

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Sonia
Sultan

Wesleyan University

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Francesca Michelini

University of Kassel

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Gregory M. Kohn

University of North Florida

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Andrea Gambarotto

UC Louvain

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Jan Baedke

Ruhr University Bochum

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Denis
Walsh 

University of Toronto

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Kevin Mitchell

Trinity College Dublin

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Anne Sophie Meincke

University of Vienna

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