lgBIG — lake geneva BIOLOGICAL INTEREST GROUP
The lake geneva BIOLOGICAL INTEREST GROUP is a forum for discussing biology from a multitude of perspectives, including philosophical, scientific and historical, and was founded in 2012 at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Geneva. Our standing members are based in different institutions at the Universities of Geneva, Lausanne, Bern, and Milan. We consider ourselves to be part of a BIG international movement that includes kindred groups at the University of Minnesota and the University of Exeter. Our members are also participating in the From Biological Practice to Scientific Metaphysics initiative, sinergia and What if? research projects.
Our meetings take place on Tuesdays from 12:15 to 14:00 in Bâtiment des Philosophes in the room Phil102 (22, boulevard des Philosophes). We discuss our own research as well as other contemporary philosophical, scientific and historical work that addresses interesting biological issues.
Everyone is welcome!
Members in Geneva
Department of Philosophy
Bruno Strasser (Geneva)
Lorenzo Casini on “Horizontal Surgicality and Mechanistic Constitution”
Martin Wasmer (ETHZ) on practices in evolutionary biology
Joshua Babic, Lorenzo Cocco and Michal Hladky on Joseph Woodger’s The Axiomatic Method in Biology (1937)
Raphael Scholl on “Stability without Stasis: Ambition and modesty of realism about true causes”
28 March No meeting (Marcel speaking in Basel)
Luigi Scorzato on “Science and Illusions” (joint meeting w/ Geneva Symmetry Group)
Guillaume Schlaepfer on a priori knowledge in evolutionary biology
18 April Easter break
Will Bausman on “Understanding the inference from scientific practice to metaphysics as an adaptive inference”
Maria José Ferreira Ruiz (University of Buenos Aires) on information in biology
Michal Hladky on simulation in neuroscience
Andrea Loettgers on modeling and experimentation
François Pellet on “Disease and Its Kinds”
- Program Fall Term 2016
- Program Spring Term 2016
- Program Fall Term 2015
- Program Spring Term 2015
- Program Fall Term 2014
- Workshop on Modelling, Experimenting and Simulating, July 27-28, University of Geneva
- Program Spring Term 2014
- Workshop on Organisms, Machines and Mechanisms, December 5-6, University of Geneva
- Program Fall Term 2013
- Program Spring Term 2013
- lgBIG getaway, December 14-15, 2012, Champex-d'en-Haut
- Program Fall Term 2012
If you are interested in the group, in attending the weekly meetings, or in presenting your own work at one of the meetings, please do not hesitate to contact us.