Pierrick Bourrat

I am a Senior Lecturer & DECRA Fellow at Macquarie University. I specialise in philosophy of biology. I am also part of the Theory & Method in Biosciences group at the University of Sydney.

From 2017 to 2020 I was a Macquarie University Research Fellow. I completed a PhD in philosophy of biology at the University of Sydney under the supervision of Paul Griffiths in 2015.

My work focuses on core concepts of evolutionary theory such as fitness and heritability, as well as evolutionary transitions in individuality.

Prior to my PhD, I worked as a research assistant in the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Oxford.

My other interests include, the interplay between biological and cultural evolution and the evolution of religious beliefs

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New paper “Unifying Heritability in Evolutionary Theory” published in *Studies in History and Philosophy of Science*. You can download it here:
https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1eJkN8yuQtYSU
Below is a short thread about the main insights of the paper 🧵 1/9

Some selection processes are evolutionarily more or less interesting. @pierrickbourrat writes in the Dec 2021 issue of ScienceDirect. “Function, persistence, and selection: generalizing the selected-effect account of function adequately.” https://bit.ly/320ruiY #PurposeProject

New paper on the concept of fitness with Peter Takacs forthcoming in the European Journal for Philosophy of Science.
https://pierrickbourrat.com/wp-content/uploads/TakacsBourrat-_EJPS_2021.pdf

Finally, after many delays (all my fault) Stefan Linquist and I have produced a completely rewritten version of the SEP entry on the innate/acquired distinction. History! Analyses! Controversies! It’s all there!
https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/innate-acquired/

‘What are Biological Sexes?’ now available as a preprint. Biological sexes are defined by gametic strategies for reproduction, are critical for understanding the diversity of living organisms, but ill-suited to determining social status of human beings.

https://philpapers.org/rec/GRIWAB-2

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