Philippe Huneman

Université de Paris I, Département de philosophie, IHPST

Philippe Huneman (Ph.D. 2000, Université de Paris I) teaches philosophy at Université de Paris 1 and was postdoctoral researcher and associate professor at the Institut d'histoire et de philosophie des sciences et des techniques (IHPST). He is mostly interested by the notions of causality and of modality as they are involved with evolutionnary biology. His research was initially concerned with the constitution of some main concepts and configurations of biology, especially in experimental physiology and embryology at the beginning of the 19th century. His current work considers issues in the philosophy of sciences, mainly about causality and natural laws within the framework of neo-darwinian biology. In 2004, he coorganised an international conference at the IHPST on the notion of emergence. He has also been visiting professor at the University of Chicago.

Some of his recent books include:

(with E. Kulich) Introduction à la phénoménologie, Paris, 1997.

Sciences de la nature et sciences de l'homme , Paris, Ellipses, 2001.

Some of his recent articles include:

« Difficultés du concept d'adaptation » (2005).

"Emergence and adaptation" in Minds and Machines, 2007

''Computer sciences meet evolutionary biology: issues in gradualism , Logics, epistemology and the unity of science'', (in progress)

''Vitalism and the emergence of alienism: the case of the passions'' (in progress)