Peer-reviewed journal articles

  1. Bourrat P. (2019). On Calcott’s permissive and instructive cause distinction. Biology and Philosophy, 34:1 [pdf]
  2. Bourrat P. (2019). Variation of information as a measure of one-to-one causal specificity. European Journal for Philosophy of Science, 19:11 [pdf]
  3. Bourrat P. (2018) Have Causal Claims About the Gut Microbiome Been
    Over-Hyped? BioEssays, 40(12)  [pdf]
  4. Bourrat P. (2018) Natural Selection and Drift as Individual-level Causes of Evolution. Acta Biotheoretica, 66(3): 159–176 [pdf]
  5. Bourrat P., Griffiths P. (2018) Multispecies Individuals. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 40(2):33 [pdf]
  6. Lu Q., Bourrat P.* (2018) The Evolutionary Gene and the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 69(3): 775–800 (* Equal first authors) [pdf]
  7. Bourrat P., Lu Q. (2017) Dissolving the missing heritability problem. Philosophy of Science, 84(5): 1055-1067 [pdf
  8. Bourrat P., Lu Q., Jablonka E. (2017) Why the missing heritability might not be in the DNA. BioEssays, 39(7) [pdf]
  9. Bourrat P. (2017) Explaining drift from a deterministic setting. Biological Theory, 12(1): 27–38 [pdf]
  10. Lynch K.E. *, Bourrat P. * (2017) Interpreting Heritability Causally. Philosophy of Science, 84(1): 14-34 (* Equal first authors) [pdf]
  11. Bourrat P. (2016) Generalizing contextual analysis. Acta Biotheoretica, 64(2):197–217 [pdf]
  12. Bourrat P. (2015) Distinguishing natural selection from other evolutionary processes in the evolution of altruism. Biological Theory, 10(4):311-321 [pdf]
  13. Bourrat P. (2015) Levels, Time and Fitness in Evolutionary Transitions in Individuality. Philosophy and Theory in Biology, 7 [pdf]
  14. Bourrat P. (2015) Levels of selection are artefacts of different temporal fitness measures. Ratio, 28(1): 40-50 [pdf]
  15. Bourrat P. (2015) How to read “heritability” in the recipe approach to natural selection. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 66 (4): 883-903 [pdf]
  16. Bourrat P. (2014) From survivors to replicators: Evolution by natural selection revisited. Biology and Philosophy, 29(4), 517-538 [pdf]
  17. Atkinson Q.D.*, Bourrat P.* (2011) Beliefs about God, the afterlife and morality support the role of supernatural policing in human cooperation. Evolution and Human Behavior, 32(1): 41-49  (* Equal first authors) [pdf]
  18. Viciana H., Bourrat P. (2011) Is God an adaptation? Review of Robert Wright’s The Evolution of God, Little Brown, 2009. Philosophia,39(2): 397-408 [pdf]
  19. Bourrat P., Atkinson Q.D., Dunbar R.I.M. (2011) Supernatural punishment and individual social compliance across cultures. Religion, Brain & Behavior, 1(2): 119-134 [pdf]
  20. Bourrat P., Baumard N., McKay R. (2011). Surveillance Cues Enhance Moral Condemnation. Evolutionary Psychology9(2): 193-199 [pdf]

 Book chapters

  1. Bourrat P., Viciana H. (in press). “Supernatural Beliefs and the Evolution of Cooperation”. in J. Liddle and T. Shackelford (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Perspectives on Religion. Oxford University Press [pdf]
  2. Bourrat P.(2015). “Origins and evolution of religion from a Darwinian point of view: synthesis of different theories”. in T. Heams, P. Huneman, G. Lecointre & M. Silberstein (eds.) Handbook of evolutionary thinking in the sciences. Springer  (pp 761-779) [pdf]
  3. Duncan M.*, Bourrat P.*, DeBerardinis J. *, O’Malley M.A. (2013) “Small things, big consequences: microbiological perspectives on biology”. in K. Kampourakis (eds.) Philosophical Issues in Biology Education. Springer (pp 373–394) (* Equal first authors) [pdf]
  4. Bourrat P. (2011) “L’évolution de la religion d’un point de vue darwinien : synthèse des différentes théories”. in T. Heams, P. Huneman, G. Lecointre & M. Silberstein (eds.) Les mondes darwiniens. L’évolution de l’évolution, Editions Materiologiques (pp 1225-1258) [pdf]

Encyclopedia entries

  1. Bourrat P. (2016) “Sélection Naturelle”. L’encyclopédie Philosophique. [link]
  2. Wilkins J.S., Bourrat P. (in press) “Replication”. Stanford Encyplopedia of Philosophy. [link]

Book Reviews

  1. Bourrat P. (2017). Review of Michaelis Michael’s Evolution by Natural Selection : Confidence, Evidence and the Gap, Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2015. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 95(4): 816-819 [pdf]
  2. Bourrat P. (2017). Review of Biological Individuality: Integrating Scientific, Philosophical, and Historical Perspectives, by S. L. and L. K. Nyhart (eds.). Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews [link]


  1. Bourrat P. (2013) “Testing more specific hypotheses and going beyond correlations in the origins and evolution of religious beliefs’. Comment on Ara Norenzayan’s Book “Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict”. International Cognition and Culture Institute.