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Professor Lenny Moss



What Genes Can‘t Do, MIT Press, 2003.


Is the Philosophy of Mechanism Philosophy Enough?, Studies in the History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Science, 2011

with Pavesich V, Science, Normativity and Skill: Reviewing and Renewing the Anthropological Basis of Critical Theory, Philosophy and Social Criticism, vol. 37, no. 2, 2011, 137-165

The Meanings of the Gene and the Future of the Phenotype, Genomics, Society and Policy, vol. 4, 2008, 38-54

Contra Habermas and Towards a Critical Theory of Human Nature and the Question of Genetic Enhancement, New Formations, vol. 60, no. 1, 2007, 139-149

Redundancy, Plasticity and Detachment: The Implications of Comparative Genomics for Evolutionary Thinking , Philosophy of Science, vol. 73, no. 5, 2006, 930-946

Genes, Genomes and Genetic Elements: Evolutionary Implications of New Developments in Molecular Genetics - Commentary on Rafael Falk and Stephen Downes, His. Phil. Life Sci, vol. 26, 2004, 125-131

New biological books: One, two (too?), many genes?, Quarterly Review of Biology, vol. 78, no. 1, 2003, 57-67

One, Two (Too?), Many Genes, The Quarterly Review of Biology, vol. 78, 2003, 57-67

From Representational Preformationism to the Epigenesis of Openness to the World? Reflections on a New Vision of the Organism., Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, vol. 981, 2002, 219-229

The Gene-For Confusion, The Philosopher's Magazine, vol. 13, 2001, 46-47

Detachment and Compensation: Groundwork for a Metaphysics of "Biosocial Becoming"., Philosophy and Social Criticism

Moral Molecules, Modern Selves, and Our "Inner Tribe", The Hedgehog Review, vol. 15, no. 1, 19-33


Detachment, Genomics, and the Nature of Being Human’, in Drenthen, Keulartz, Proctor (eds) New Visions of Nature: Complexity and Authenticity, Springer International Library of Environmental, Agricultural and Food Ethics, 2009

Darwinism, Dualism and the Agency of the Organism, in Hösle V, Illies C (eds) Darwinism and Philosophy, Notre Dame: , 2005

Darwinism, Dualism and Biology Agency , in Hösle V, Illies C (eds) Darwinism and Philosophy, University of Notre Dame Press, 2005, 349-363

Deconstructing the Gene and Reconstructing Molecular Developmental Systems, in Oyama S, Gray R, Griffiths P (eds) Cycles of Contingency: Developmental Systems and Evolution, Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 2001

The Hybrid Hominin: A Renewed Point of Departure For Philosophical Anthropology., in Naturalism and Philosophical Anthropology: Nature, Life and the Human Between Transcendental and Empirical Perspectives, Palgrave Macmillan


Context,context, context! A delicate empiricism for biotechnology’. Review of Beyond Biotechnology: The Barren Promise of Genetic Engineering, Craig Holdrege & Steve Talbott (2008), Nature Biotechnology, vol. 25, no. 59, 2008


From describing to performing the socioethical engagement with systems biology., Am J Bioeth, vol. 7, no. 4, 2007, 86-87

The question of questions: what is a gene? Comments on Rolston and Griffiths & Stotz., Theor Med Bioeth, vol. 27, no. 6, 2006, 523-534

Introductory journal articles

with Nicholson DJ, On nature and normativity: Normativity, teleology, and mechanism in biological explanation., Stud Hist Philos Biol Biomed Sci, vol. 43, no. 1, 2012, 88-91