Professor Peter Godfrey-Smith

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Biographical details

Peter grew up in Sydney. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Sydney, and he has a PhD in philosophy from UC San Diego. He taught at Stanford University between 1991 and 2003, and then combined a half-time post at the Australian National University and a visiting position at Harvard for a few years. He moved to Harvard full-time and was Professor there from 2006 to 2011, before moving to the CUNY Graduate Center. Since 2015 he has also had a half-time position in the HPS Unit at the University of Sydney.

Research interests

Peter works mostly in the philosophy of biology and the philosophy of mind, looking especially at the area of intersection between these fields. He also works on pragmatism (especially John Dewey), problems of evidence, and other parts of philosophy of science. He has ongoing collaborative projects with various biologists, including Ben Kerr (evolutionary theory) and David Scheel (octopus behavior).

Awards and honours

The book Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection won the Lakatos Award for 2010.

In the media

Coverage of Peter's octopus behavior work in the New York Times.

Guardian Article: Octlantis: the underwater city built by octopuses:http://www.theguardian.com/environment/shortcuts/2017/sep/18/octlantis-the-underwater-city-built-by-octopuses

"Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins..." | Talks at Google:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iENXfnOobzw&feature=youtu.be

E.T (Eight Tentacles) http://www.wnyc.org/story/e-t-eight-tentacles/

Octopus BBC Radio 4 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b090xs6y

Big Think http://bigthink.com/think-again-podcast/alien-intelligence-nil-peter-godfrey-smith-nil-think-again-podcast-78

Mind Over Matter http://media.kexp.org/podcasts/mom/media/2016-12-22_sustainability_segment_12-26-16_peter_godfrey-smith.mp3

New York Times podcast http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/29/books/review/how-octopuses-are-like-aliens.html?rref=collection%2Fcolumn%2Fbook-review-podcast&action=click&contentCollection=podcasts®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=collection

Inside Science http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08j99jz

Sunday Extra Radio National http://radio.abc.net.au/programitem/pgb7wrJdqV?play=true

Sydney Morning Herald http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/do-octopuses-dream-of-electric-squid-one-philosophers-love-of-the-cephalopods-20170329-gv8r9l.html

NAUI (Scuba Association) http://secure-hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/a/b/6/ab614839a98aae41/NDTR042717.mp3?c_id=15055663&expiration=1506315194&hwt=a96936e7fb365d08351d6eed6d13f5c2

  • Jack Smart Lecture 2017, Australian National University " Materialism, Subjectivity and Evolution"
  • Opening Address at the Centre for Philosophies of Science, ANU 2017. "Bodies and Minds in Animal Evolution".

Selected publications

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Books

  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2016). Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2014). Philosophy of Biology. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2009). Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2017). Animal Evolution and the Origins of Experience. In David Livingstone Smith (Eds.), How Biology Shapes Philosophy: New Foundations for Naturalism, (pp. 51-71). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2016). Popper's Philosophy of Science: Looking Ahead. In Jeremy Shearmur, Geoffrey Stokes (Eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Popper, (pp. 104-124). New York: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2014). Quine and Pragmatism. In Gilbert Harman, Ernest Lepore (Eds.), A Companion to W. V. O. Quine, (pp. 54-68). Chichester: Wiley.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2013). Darwinian Individuals. In Frederic Bouchard, Philippe Huneman (Eds.), From Groups to Individuals: Evolution and Emerging Individuality, (pp. 17-36). Cambridge, USA: MIT Press.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2013). Information and influence in sender-receiver models, with applications to animal behaviour. In Ulrich E. Stegmann (Eds.), Animal Communication Theory: Information and Influence, (pp. 377-396). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2013). Signals, Icons, and Beliefs. In Dan Ryder, Justine Kingsbury, and Kenneth Williford (Eds.), Millikan and her critics, (pp. 41-62). Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2011). Darwinian Populations and Transitions in Individuality. In Brett Calcott, Kim Sterelny (Eds.), The Major Transitions in Evolution Revisited, (pp. 65-81). Cambridge, USA: MIT Press.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2011). Induction, Samples, and Kinds. In Joseph Keim Campbell, Michael ORourke, Matthew H. Slater (Eds.), Carving Nature at Its Joints, (pp. 33-52). MIT Press.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2010). Causal Pluralism. In Beebee, Helen; Hitchcock, Christopher; Menzies, Peter (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Causation, (pp. 326-337). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2010). Dewey and the Subject-Matter of Science. In John R. Shook, Paul Kurtz (Eds.), Dewey's Enduring Impact: Essays on America’s Philosopher, (pp. 73-85). Prometheus Books.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2010). Dewey, Continuity, and McDowell. In Mario De Caro, David Macarthur (Eds.), Naturalism and Normativity, (pp. 304-321). New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2009). Abstractions, Idealizations, and Evolutionary Biology. In Barberousse, Anouk, Morange, Michel, Pradeu, Thomas (Eds.), Mapping the Future of Biology: Evolving Concepts and Theories, (pp. 47-56). Netherlands: Springer.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2009). Evolutionary Theory: 5 Questions. In Gry Oftedal, Jan Kyrre Berg O. Friis, Peter Rossel (Eds.), Evolutionary Theory: 5 Questions. Copenhagen: Automatic Press / VIP.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2009). Representationalism Reconsidered. In Dominic Murphy, Michael Bishop (Eds.), Stich and His Critics, (pp. 30-45). United Kingdom: Blackwell Publishers.

Journals

  • Scheel, D., Chancellor, S., Hing, M., Lawrence, M., Linquist, S., Godfrey-Smith, P. (2017). A Second Site Occupied by Octopus tetricus at High Densities, with Notes on Their Ecology and Behavior. Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology, , 1-7. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2017). Complexity revisited. Biology and Philosophy, 32(3), 467-479. [More Information]
  • Shea, N., Godfrey-Smith, P., Cao, R. (2017). Content in Simple Signalling Systems. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, , 1-27. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2017). Senders, Receivers and Symbolic Artifacts. Biological Theory, 12, 275-286. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2017). The Subject as Cause and Effect of Evolution. Interface Focus, 7, 1-10. [More Information]
  • Martinez, M., Godfrey-Smith, P. (2016). Common Interest and Signaling Games: A Dynamic Analysis. Philosophy of Science, 83, 371-392.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2016). Complex Life Cycles and the Evolutionary Process. Philosophy of Science, 83, 816-827. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2016). Do Squid Feel Pain? (review of Dehaene's Consciousness and the Brain). London Review of Books, 38, 25-26.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2016). Individuality, subjectivity, and minimal cognition. Biology and Philosophy, 31(6), 775-796. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2016). Mind, matter, and metabolism. The Journal of Philosophy, 113(10), 481-506. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2016). Pain in parallel. Animal Sentience, 2016 (28), 1-4.
  • Scheel, D., Godfrey-Smith, P., Lawrence, M. (2016). Signal Use by Octopuses in Agonistic Interactions. Current Biology, 26(3), 377-382. [More Information]
  • Nahum, J., Godfrey-Smith, P., Harding, B., Marcus, J., Carlson-Stevermer, J., Kerr, B. (2015). A tortoise-hare pattern seen in adapting structured and unstructured populations suggests a rugged fitness landscape in bacteria. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 112(24), 7530-7535. [More Information]
  • Jekely, G., Keijzer, F., Godfrey-Smith, P. (2015). An option space for early neural evolution. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 370(1684), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2015). Reproduction, symbiosis, and the eukaryotic cell. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 112(33), 10120-10125. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2014). Sender-Receiver Systems Within and Between Organisms. Philosophy of Science, 81(5), 866-878. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2014). Signs and Symbolic Behavior. Biological Theory, 9, 78-88. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2013). Cephalopods and the Evolution of the Mind. Pacific Conservation Biology, 19(1), 4-9.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P., Martinez, M. (2013). Communication and Common Interest. PLoS Computational Biology, 9(11), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2013). Dewey and the Question of Realism. NOUS, 50(1), 73-89.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P., Kerr, B. (2013). Gestalt-Switching and the Evolutionary Transitions. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 64(1), 205-222. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2012). Darwinism and Cultural Change. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 367(1599), 2160-2170. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P., Lawrence, M. (2012). Long-term high-density occupation of a site by Octopus tetricus and possible site modification due to foraging behavior. Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology, 45(4), 261-268. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2012). Metaphysics and the Philosophical Imagination. Philosophical Studies, 160(1), 97-113. [More Information]
  • Huffard, C., Godfrey-Smith, P. (2010). Field observations of mating in Octopus tetricus Gould, 1852 and Amphioctopus marginatus (Taki, 1964) (Cephalopoda: Octopodidae). Molluscan Research, 30(2), 81-86.
  • Wilkins, J., Godfrey-Smith, P. (2009). Adaptationism and the Adaptive Landscape. Biology and Philosophy, 24, 199-214. [More Information]
  • Kerr, B., Godfrey-Smith, P. (2009). Generalization of the Price Equation for Evolutionary Change. Evolution, 63(2), 531-536. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2009). Models and Fictions in Science. Philosophical Studies, 143, 101-116. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P., Kerr, B. (2009). Selection in Ephemeral Networks. The American Naturalist, 174(6), 906-911. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2009). Triviality arguments against functionalism. Philosophical Studies, 145(2), 273-295. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2013). On the Relation Between Philosophy and Science. First International Conference of the German Society for Philosophy of Science (GWP 2013): How Much Philosophy in the Philosophy of Science?, Hannover: Gesellschaft f�r Wissenschaftsphilosophie (GWP).
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2013). What Do Generalizations of the Lewis Signaling Model Tell Us About Information and Meaning? Columbia Philosophy Colloquium, USA.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2012). Sender-Receiver Systems Within and Between Organisms. PSA 2012 Biennial Meeting, USA.

2017

  • Scheel, D., Chancellor, S., Hing, M., Lawrence, M., Linquist, S., Godfrey-Smith, P. (2017). A Second Site Occupied by Octopus tetricus at High Densities, with Notes on Their Ecology and Behavior. Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology, , 1-7. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2017). Animal Evolution and the Origins of Experience. In David Livingstone Smith (Eds.), How Biology Shapes Philosophy: New Foundations for Naturalism, (pp. 51-71). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2017). Complexity revisited. Biology and Philosophy, 32(3), 467-479. [More Information]
  • Shea, N., Godfrey-Smith, P., Cao, R. (2017). Content in Simple Signalling Systems. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, , 1-27. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2017). Senders, Receivers and Symbolic Artifacts. Biological Theory, 12, 275-286. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2017). The Subject as Cause and Effect of Evolution. Interface Focus, 7, 1-10. [More Information]

2016

  • Martinez, M., Godfrey-Smith, P. (2016). Common Interest and Signaling Games: A Dynamic Analysis. Philosophy of Science, 83, 371-392.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2016). Complex Life Cycles and the Evolutionary Process. Philosophy of Science, 83, 816-827. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2016). Do Squid Feel Pain? (review of Dehaene's Consciousness and the Brain). London Review of Books, 38, 25-26.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2016). Individuality, subjectivity, and minimal cognition. Biology and Philosophy, 31(6), 775-796. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2016). Mind, matter, and metabolism. The Journal of Philosophy, 113(10), 481-506. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2016). Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2016). Pain in parallel. Animal Sentience, 2016 (28), 1-4.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2016). Popper's Philosophy of Science: Looking Ahead. In Jeremy Shearmur, Geoffrey Stokes (Eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Popper, (pp. 104-124). New York: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]
  • Scheel, D., Godfrey-Smith, P., Lawrence, M. (2016). Signal Use by Octopuses in Agonistic Interactions. Current Biology, 26(3), 377-382. [More Information]

2015

  • Nahum, J., Godfrey-Smith, P., Harding, B., Marcus, J., Carlson-Stevermer, J., Kerr, B. (2015). A tortoise-hare pattern seen in adapting structured and unstructured populations suggests a rugged fitness landscape in bacteria. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 112(24), 7530-7535. [More Information]
  • Jekely, G., Keijzer, F., Godfrey-Smith, P. (2015). An option space for early neural evolution. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 370(1684), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2015). Reproduction, symbiosis, and the eukaryotic cell. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 112(33), 10120-10125. [More Information]

2014

  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2014). Philosophy of Biology. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2014). Quine and Pragmatism. In Gilbert Harman, Ernest Lepore (Eds.), A Companion to W. V. O. Quine, (pp. 54-68). Chichester: Wiley.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2014). Sender-Receiver Systems Within and Between Organisms. Philosophy of Science, 81(5), 866-878. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2014). Signs and Symbolic Behavior. Biological Theory, 9, 78-88. [More Information]

2013

  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2013). Cephalopods and the Evolution of the Mind. Pacific Conservation Biology, 19(1), 4-9.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P., Martinez, M. (2013). Communication and Common Interest. PLoS Computational Biology, 9(11), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2013). Darwinian Individuals. In Frederic Bouchard, Philippe Huneman (Eds.), From Groups to Individuals: Evolution and Emerging Individuality, (pp. 17-36). Cambridge, USA: MIT Press.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2013). Dewey and the Question of Realism. NOUS, 50(1), 73-89.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P., Kerr, B. (2013). Gestalt-Switching and the Evolutionary Transitions. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 64(1), 205-222. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2013). Information and influence in sender-receiver models, with applications to animal behaviour. In Ulrich E. Stegmann (Eds.), Animal Communication Theory: Information and Influence, (pp. 377-396). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2013). On the Relation Between Philosophy and Science. First International Conference of the German Society for Philosophy of Science (GWP 2013): How Much Philosophy in the Philosophy of Science?, Hannover: Gesellschaft f�r Wissenschaftsphilosophie (GWP).
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2013). Signals, Icons, and Beliefs. In Dan Ryder, Justine Kingsbury, and Kenneth Williford (Eds.), Millikan and her critics, (pp. 41-62). Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2013). What Do Generalizations of the Lewis Signaling Model Tell Us About Information and Meaning? Columbia Philosophy Colloquium, USA.

2012

  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2012). Darwinism and Cultural Change. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 367(1599), 2160-2170. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P., Lawrence, M. (2012). Long-term high-density occupation of a site by Octopus tetricus and possible site modification due to foraging behavior. Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology, 45(4), 261-268. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2012). Metaphysics and the Philosophical Imagination. Philosophical Studies, 160(1), 97-113. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2012). Sender-Receiver Systems Within and Between Organisms. PSA 2012 Biennial Meeting, USA.

2011

  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2011). Darwinian Populations and Transitions in Individuality. In Brett Calcott, Kim Sterelny (Eds.), The Major Transitions in Evolution Revisited, (pp. 65-81). Cambridge, USA: MIT Press.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2011). Induction, Samples, and Kinds. In Joseph Keim Campbell, Michael ORourke, Matthew H. Slater (Eds.), Carving Nature at Its Joints, (pp. 33-52). MIT Press.

2010

  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2010). Causal Pluralism. In Beebee, Helen; Hitchcock, Christopher; Menzies, Peter (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Causation, (pp. 326-337). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2010). Dewey and the Subject-Matter of Science. In John R. Shook, Paul Kurtz (Eds.), Dewey's Enduring Impact: Essays on America’s Philosopher, (pp. 73-85). Prometheus Books.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2010). Dewey, Continuity, and McDowell. In Mario De Caro, David Macarthur (Eds.), Naturalism and Normativity, (pp. 304-321). New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Huffard, C., Godfrey-Smith, P. (2010). Field observations of mating in Octopus tetricus Gould, 1852 and Amphioctopus marginatus (Taki, 1964) (Cephalopoda: Octopodidae). Molluscan Research, 30(2), 81-86.

2009

  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2009). Abstractions, Idealizations, and Evolutionary Biology. In Barberousse, Anouk, Morange, Michel, Pradeu, Thomas (Eds.), Mapping the Future of Biology: Evolving Concepts and Theories, (pp. 47-56). Netherlands: Springer.
  • Wilkins, J., Godfrey-Smith, P. (2009). Adaptationism and the Adaptive Landscape. Biology and Philosophy, 24, 199-214. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2009). Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2009). Evolutionary Theory: 5 Questions. In Gry Oftedal, Jan Kyrre Berg O. Friis, Peter Rossel (Eds.), Evolutionary Theory: 5 Questions. Copenhagen: Automatic Press / VIP.
  • Kerr, B., Godfrey-Smith, P. (2009). Generalization of the Price Equation for Evolutionary Change. Evolution, 63(2), 531-536. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2009). Models and Fictions in Science. Philosophical Studies, 143, 101-116. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2009). Representationalism Reconsidered. In Dominic Murphy, Michael Bishop (Eds.), Stich and His Critics, (pp. 30-45). United Kingdom: Blackwell Publishers.
  • Godfrey-Smith, P., Kerr, B. (2009). Selection in Ephemeral Networks. The American Naturalist, 174(6), 906-911. [More Information]
  • Godfrey-Smith, P. (2009). Triviality arguments against functionalism. Philosophical Studies, 145(2), 273-295. [More Information]

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