Dear ISHPSSB Members,

   Here are the announcements for October. I will be happy to send out another batch if needed next week.




The Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research


On behalf of the KLI, I'd like to submit our fellowship call to the next ISH newsletter!  Please feel free to help disseminate it through your other channels, too.


Thank you!


Dr. Lynn Chiu

Philosopher of Biology

Science Communicator | @drlynnchiu


Department of Evolutionary Biology

University of Vienna, Austria 

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Workshop ‘The Place of the Organism in Biology and Medicine', Ruhr University Bochum and Online, 16–18 November 2022

    Individuality is a key concept in human societies. How we define individuals and their boundaries affects our social relations, what kind of rights and duties we have, as well as when we are considered healthy or sick. In all these realms, the biological side of humans’ individuality – the organism – plays a crucial role. Currently, after many decades dominated by the paradigm of the gene, the concept of organism is making a comeback in the biological and medical sciences. The individual organism is again recognized as a causally efficacious, autonomous, and active unit that transcends the properties of genes – especially in fields like epigenetics, niche construction theory, evolutionary developmental biology, and precision and personalized medicine. The aim of this workshop is to address these recent developments from a perspective of integrated history and philosophy of science. It focuses on (i) philosophical, biotheoretical, and conceptual, (ii) historical, as well as (iii) (bio)medical and social dimensions of today’s ‘return of the organism’. In particular, it aims at discussing solutions for theoretical and societal challenges of organism-centered biosciences in the 21st century.


     Tatjana Buklijas (University of Auckland), Alejandro Fábregas-Tejeda (Ruhr University Bochum), Yael Friedman (University of Oslo), Giuseppe Fusco (University of Padova), Saana Jukola (Ruhr University Bochum), Christian Köchy, (University of Kassel), Simon Lohse (Radboud University), Daniel W. McShea (Duke University), Nicolae Morar (University of Oregon), Matteo Mossio (University of Paris), Daniel Nicholson (George Mason University), Guido I. Prieto (Ruhr University Bochum), and Adrian Stencel (Jagiellonian University), Jan Baedke (Ruhr University Bochum), Daniel S. Brooks (Ruhr University Bochum)


    Saana Jukola, Guido I. Prieto, Jan Baedke, Daniel S. Brooks, Alejandro Fábregas-Tejeda


Location: Beckmanns Hof, Ruhr University Bochum, and Zoom, 16th–18th November 2022


For more info, the programme, and registration:


Jan Baedke
Ruhr University Bochum
Department of Philosophy I
Universitätsstrasse 150
D-44801 Bochum

Tel.: ++49-234-32-24727
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The Statistics Wars and Their Casualties 


We are delighted to announce the final speaker lineup and panelists for The Statistics Wars and Their Casualties workshop ( The last two sessions will be on 1 and 8 of December 2022. The workshop schedule (regularly updated) and abstracts can be found at this link. The workshop will be fully online. One can register by filling out the form here.  


We would be very grateful if you would forward this e-mail to the ISHPSSB listserv, and other interested colleagues.


If there are questions, please contact: 

Jean Miller 

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Margherita Harris  

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We received a number of articles, books, and websites for teaching materials. I will compile these and share them out soon. Here is another one about Charles Darwin


Darwin Online


   Years in the making, launched today, a new component of Darwin Online: Communicated by Darwin. In addition to Darwin's own publications, he also directly facilitated many publications by others— at least sixty-eight between 1838 and 1882. This list of publications is the result of many years of research and contains items not previously known. These constitute an often overlooked part of Darwin's scientific output.




Best regards, Lloyd


Lloyd Ackert, Ph.D.
Department of History

Drexel University

ISH Listserve Moderator