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Dr Daniel Nicholson

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I hold Masters degrees in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Bath and in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Leeds, as well as a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Exeter. My doctoral thesis presented a critical examination of mechanistic thinking in biology. Prior to my present appointment as part of the ERC-funded project "A Process Ontology for Contemporary Biology", I was a research fellow at the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research near Vienna, as well as at the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas at Tel Aviv University. At present, I am particularly interested in the role of machine models in biological explanation, in the task of providing a naturalistic account of organismic teleology, in the scope and limits of reductionism, and in philosophical arguments for the autonomy of biology. I also have a longstanding interest in the history of philosophy of biology, as well as in general topics in the philosophy of science.

To see my publications, visit my profile @ Academia.edu