International Society for History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology


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Program

TUESDAY, JULY 7  /  11:00 - 12:30  /  DS-1520
Organized session / diverse format
Rethinking Reproduction
Organizer(s):

Monika Piotrowska (University at Albany, SUNY, United States)


Participant(s):

Ellen Clarke (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
Marion Blute (University of Toronto, Canada)
Pierrick Bourrat (University of Sydney, Australia)

It is standard to suppose that a necessary ingredient for any process of natural selection is reproduction. It is often difficult, however, to determine instances of reproduction. In this session, there will be three presentations followed by a single commentary that examine what it takes to reproduce and what role reproduction plays in natural selection. The following questions will be addressed:

Monika Piotrowska: What type of contribution is sufficient to make something the parent of another thing?

Marion Blute: What does cultural reproduction look like and how might it evolve?

Pierrick Bourrat: Are reproduction and inheritance necessary conditions for, or products of, evolution by natural selection?

Ellen Clarke: Commentator.

The session will consist of three 20-minute presentations, one 15-minute commentary, and 15 minutes of audience discussion.