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Friday, March 27


4:30-6:15: John Dupre, "Postgenomic Darwinism."

Prof. Dupre is Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Exeter and Director of the ESRC Center for Genomics in Society. His recent book publications are Value-Free Science: Ideal or Illusion (Oxford 2007); Darwin's Legacy: What Evolution Means Today (Oxford 2005); Humans and Other Animals (Oxford 2002); Human Nature and the Limits of Science (Oxford 2001). In 2006 Professro Dupré held the distinguished Spinoza Visiting Professorship at the University of Amsterdam.

Saturday, March 28


10-11:30: Jonathan Kaplan, "When Socially Determined Categories Make Biological Realities: Understanding Black/White Health Disparities in the U.S."

Prof. Kaplan is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University. He is a former fellow of Stanford University's Program in Genomics, Ethics, and Society and has published widely on topics in the philosophy of biology, philosophy of science, and political philosophy. His most recent book, co-authored with biologist Massimo Pigliucci for the University of Chicago Press, is entitled Making Sense of Evolution.


2-3:30: Inmaculada De Melo-Martin, "Social Values and Scientific Evidence"

Prof. De Melo-Martin is Associate Professor in the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Her research interests include Bioethics and Philosophy of Science. Most of her work has been on ethical and epistemological issues related to reproductive technologies and molecular genetics.


4-5:30: Michael Weisberg, "Deploying Highly Idealized Models"

Prof. Weisberg is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. Published widely on Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Chemistry, Public Understanding of Science.

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