Conceptual Foundations of Evolutionary Theory

One central theme of my research is the conceptual foundation of Evolutionary theory. Many of the concepts used in evolutionary biology have been tailored to particular organisms. I am interested in understanding those concepts once the specificities of these organisms are relaxed. For instance, the concept of fitness and heritability have been mainly used in the context of multicellular organisms, often reproducing sexually. What if we apply those concepts more generally, such as in the context of entities that do not reproduce? In several publications on these topics, I show that we can develop more general concepts and apply them to other evolutionary contexts those within which they have been proposed.

Pierrick Bourrat
Pierrick Bourrat
Senior Lecturer & DECRA Fellow

My research interests include the concepts of evolutionary theory, causation and the interplay between biological and cultural evolution.