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Demi-journée d’étude/Half-day workshop – The concept of function in biology: New philosophical perspectives

September 30, 2019 Leave a comment Go to comments
English will follow (the workshop will take place in English).

Demi-journée d’étude

Le concept de fonction en biologie : Nouvelles perspectives philosophiques

vendredi 4 octobre 2019, 13h30 – 18h00

UQAM, Pavillon Thérèse-Casgrain (W), Salle W-5215

Cette demi-journée d’étude rassemblera des chercheuses et chercheurs en philosophie de la biologie dont les travaux offrent des perspectives nouvelles sur le concept de fonction biologique. Y seront entre autres discutés les enjeux soulevés par la consonance téléologique et/ou normative du concept de fonction, ceux de la possibilité et de la nature des explications fonctionnelles en biologie, ceux qui concernent la relation à établir entre le fonctionnement des entités biologiques et les fonctions de leur parties, et ceux soulevés par le projet philosophique d’unification de la notion de fonction.

Half-day workshop

The concept of function in biology: New philosophical perspectives

Friday October 4 2019, 13:30 – 18:00

UQAM, Thérèse-Casgrain Building (W), Room W-5215

This half-day workshop will gather philosophy of biology researchers whose work offers novel perspectives on the concept of biological function. Will be discussed, among other things, issues raised by the teleological and/or normative dimensions of the function concept, those pertaining to the possibility and the nature of functional explanations in biology, those concerning the relationship between the functioning of biological entities and the functions of their parts, and those raised by the philosophical project of unifying the various uses of the function notion.   

Programme/program

13h30-14h10 | Justin Garson

(Hunter College)

Edmond Goblot’s (1858-1935) Selected Effects Theory of Function: A Reappraisal

14h10-14h50 | Parisa Moosavi

(York University)

Can Artificial Machines Have a Natural Good?

14h50-15h30 | Antoine C. Dussault

(Collège Lionel-Groulx/CIRST)

Functions Need not Explain the Presence of their Bearers

15h30-16h | Pause/Coffee break

16h-16h40 | Brandon Conley

(Colgate University)

From Dysfunction to Disease

16h40-17h20 | Christophe Malaterre

(UQAM/CIRST)

Which Functions Do Ribozymes Have? A Plea for Pluralism

17h20-18h | Rafraîchissements/Cocktail

Organisation/organization

Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie (CIRST)

Chaire de recherche du Canada en philosophie des sciences de la vie

Partenariat/partnership

Réseau montréalais de philosophie des sciences/Montréal philosophy of science network

Collège Lionel-Groulx

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