Professor Paul Griffiths
Professorial Research Fellow
Associate Academic Director (Arts and Social Sciences), Charles Perkins Centre
A14 - The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney
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A philosopher of science with a focus on biology and psychology, Paul was educated at Cambridge and the Australian National University, receiving his PhD in 1989. He taught at Otago University in New Zealand and was later Director of the Unit for History and Philosophy of Science at the the University of Sydney, before taking up a Professorship in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He returned to Australia in 2004, first as an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow and from 2007 as University Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Sydney. At present he is also Academic Associate Director for Humanities and Social Sciences at the Charles Perkins Centre, a major new initiative at Sydney focused on interdisciplinary research into obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and President of the International Society for History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology for 2011-13. From 2006-12 he was a member of the Australian Health Ethics Committee of NHMRC. He spends part of each year at the University of Exeter in the ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society.
I am interested in many areas of biology and psychobiology.
Teaching and supervision
I am willing to supervise postgraduate research projects on most topics in the philosophy of biology, many topics in the naturalistic philosophy of mind, and a range of topics in the general philosophy of science. Here are some specific projects I am working on at this time.
- Innateness and human nature.
- The changing concept of the gene, both for its intrinsic interest and as a case study of conceptual change in science.
- Developmental Systems Theory.
- The sciences of emotion.
- Idealisation in the experimental biosciences.
- History of ethology.
For further details on current projects please see my personal website.
Awards and honours
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