professor of philosophy of science, University of Exeter; director, Centre for the Study of Life Sciences (Egenis)
John Dupré is a philosopher of science, with a special interest in the life sciences. Before moving to Exeter, he held posts at Oxford, Stanford and Birkbeck College London, and he has held visiting professorships at Amsterdam and Cambridge.
His major publications include: The Disorder of Things: Metaphysical Foundations of the Disunity of Science; Human Nature and the Limits of Science; Humans and Other Animals; Darwin’s Legacy: What Evolution Means Today; and most recently, Processes of Life: Essays in the Philosophy of Biology. He is co-author of Everything Flows: Towards a Processual Philosophy of Biology, to be published in 2018 by Oxford University Press.
His current work is focused on the importance of understanding life as essentially dynamic, motivating the articulation of a fully processual ontology. Here he develops a theme from major twentieth-century biologists ranging from JB Haldane and Conrad Waddington to Ludwig von Bertalanffy, but largely neglected in the last half century.
Dupré is a fellow of the American Society for the Advancement of Science, and a former president of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science.
Sunday 29 October, 16:00 Garden Room
From gender to empathy: what can evolutionary psychology tell us?