James Griesemer (Philosophy)

Professor James Griesemer is Chair of the Department of Philosophy and a member of the UC Davis Science and Technology Studies Program, the Center for Science and Innovation Studies, the Cultural Studies Graduate Group, the Population Biology Graduate Group, and the Center for Population Biology.

His primary interests are philosophical, historical, and social understanding of the biological sciences, especially evolutionary biology, genetics, developmental biology, ecology and systematics. He has written on a wide variety of topics in history, philosophy and social studies of biology, including models and practices in museum-based natural history, laboratory-based ecology, units and levels of inheritance and selection in evolutionary biology, and visual representation in embryology and genetics.

He is currently writing a book, Reproduction in the Evolutionary Process, which develops an epistemology of scientific practice, a theory of reproduction more comprehensive than current philosophical accounts of inheritance, and with applications to theoretical problems ranging from the nature and origin of living systems, evolutionary transitions, eco-evo-devo, and cultural change.

Learn more about James Griesemer at his faculty webpage or at jrgriesemerucdavis.wordpress.com.

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