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Professor Lenny Moss



What Genes Can't Do, MIT Press, 2003.

Is a Philosophy of Mechanism Philosophy Enough? Essays on Life (Human and Otherwise) from a Critical Naturalist Point of View.


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, 2015

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


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


with Newman S, The Grassblade beyond Newton: Self-Organizing Matter and the Pragmatizing of Kant for Evolutionary-Developmental Biology, Lebenwelt, vol. 7, 2015, 94-111

Moral Molecules, Modern Selves, and Our Inner Tribe, The Hedgehog Review, vol. 15, no. 1, 2013, 19-33

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

Science, Nature and Normativity: Reconstructing Critical Theory from an Anthropological Point of View

with Newman S, The Grassblade beyond Newton: Self-Organizing Matter and the Pragmatizing of Kant for Evolutionary-Developmental Biology, Lebenswelt

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


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 and 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