IRN PhilInBioMedInternational Research Network on Philosophy in Biology and Medicine
2020 – 2024
Dr. Thomas Pradeu
The Institute for Philosophy In Biology and Medicine (PhilInBioMed) is a network of interdisciplinary institutes in Australia, Austria, France, the UK and the USA. PhilInBioMed aims at advancing philosophy in the biological and medical sciences, i.e. the co-production of knowledge by the direct interactions of philosophers, biologists, and medical doctors.
Missions and research themes
The mission of PhilInBioMed is to promote short- and long-term stays of philosophers in biology and medicine labs, as well as short- and long-term stays of biologists and MDs in philosophy labs. PhilInBioMed wants to foster interdisciplinary initiatives that use the conceptual tools of philosophy to solve scientific problems. The ultimate goal is a collaborative publication of the joint work in scientific journals, in order to impact scientific research.
Among the main research themes of the IRN PhillInBioMed are:
- Repair, regeneration and development
- Cancer and the concept of disease
- Biological individuality in immunology and other biomedical sciences
Big data in biological and medical sciences
NETWORK ACTIVITIES AND EXPECTED RESULTS
- Organization of annual meetings and seminars for network members.
- Hosting of international interdisciplinary workshops open to all.
- Promotion of short- and long-term stays at the participating institutes for permanent researchers and professors as well as doctoral and post-doctoral students.
- Publication of interdisciplinary articles in scientific journals, co-authored by philosophers, scientists and medical doctors.
institutions and laboratories involved
The Conceptual Biology & Medicine Group part of the CNRS Unit 5164 ImmunoConcept at the University of Bordeaux
- Thomas Pradeu (CNRS senior investigator)
- Maël Lemoine (Professor at the University of Bordeaux)
The Theory and Method in Biosciences Group at the University of Sydney
- Paul Griffiths (Professor at the University of Sydney)
The Konrad Lorenz Institute
- Isabella-Sarto Jackson (Executive Manager)
The Department of History and Philosophy of Science of the University of Cambridge
- Tim Lewens (Professor at the University of Cambridge)
The Egenis Center of the University of Exeter
- Sabina Leonelli (Professor at the University of Exeter and Co-Director of Egenis)
- John Dupré (Professor at the University of Exeter and Co-Director of Egenis)
The History and Philosophy of Science Project at the Marine Biological Laboratory (USA)
- Kate MacCord (Program Administrator and McDonnell Fellow at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole)
The History and Philosophy of Biological Sciences Group at Arizona State University (USA)
- Richard Creath (President’s Professor)
- Jane Maienschein (University Professor, Regents’ Professor and Center Director)
The Philosophy Department of the University of Utah (USA)
Matt Haber (Department Chair)