The Philosophy Graduates' Association of the University of Texas at
Austin is pleased to announce its upcoming conference, "Evolution,
Genetics, and Culture" (April 23-24, 1999). This conference will round
out an especially active year for UT's History and Philosophy of Science
Program, now under the direction of Professor Sahotra Sarkar. In
addition to the keynote address, "Angels and Monsters: Genomic
Confections," by the University of Pennsylvania's Professor M. Susan
Lindee, we hope to organize a panel discussion on the second day of the
conference on the aims and status of current evolutionary psychology.
This panel would feature faculty from UT's Program in the History and
Philosophy of Science, including the Department of Psychology.
Details of the conference are included below, with the deadline and
address for all graduate students interested in submitting papers or
proposals (Feruary 15th). Please consider attending, and do feel free to
pass this information along to anyone you think might be interested in
attending or submitting work!
Jessica N. Berry
Co-Chair, Philosophy Graduates' Association
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Philosophy
Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference
"EVOLUTION, GENETICS, AND CULTURE"
***April 23-24, 1999***
Graduate students are invited to submit papers and panel
proposals on philosophical issues related to genetics and evolution.
Questions of interest include the following: Does evolution occur
primarily through natural selection or random drift? If selection is
primary, what are the units of selection? What is the relationship
between genes and human behavior? What is the role of natural selection
in the formation of human cultures?
We would also be interested in submissions on reductionism and
non-reductionism in biology, issues of gender and biological
essentialism, evolutionary naturalism, sociobiology, the social and
philosophical ramifications of the human genome project, evolutionary
epistemology and evolutionary theories of culture, as well as the
structure and justification of evolutionary theories in general.
"Angels and Monsters: Genomic Confections"
Professor M. Susan Lindee
University of Pennsylvania Program in the
History and Sociology of Science
We welcome submissions from graduate students in Philosophy and other
fields. Papers should be approximately 20 minutes in reading length
(3000 words). All submitted papers will be read and considered. Please
send three copies of panel proposals or completed papers prepared for
blind review by FEBRUARY 15th, 1999 to:
Department of Philosophy
University of Texas
Austin, TX 78712