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Research Projects

The Explanatory Scope of Generalized Darwinism: Towards Criteria for Evolutionary Explanations Outside Biology 

PIs: Philippe Huneman and Thomas Reydon

Funders: The German and French Research Foundations (€ 655,000)

Duration: 2020-2024

Team: André Ariew, Karim Baraghith, Hugh Desmond, Agathe du Crest, Martina Malković


The German and French Research Foundations (DFG and ANR) awarded Philippe Huneman and Thomas Reydon € 655,000 to investigate applications of Darwinian evolutionary theory outside the biological sciences. The project encompasses two teams, one led by Thomas Reydon at the Institut für Philosophie, Leibniz Universität Hannover, and one led by Philippe at the Institut d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Agency and Agential Explanation in the Evolutionary Sciences

PI: Thomas Reydon

Funders: The John Templeton Foundation ($ 250,000)

Duration: 2022-2024/2025

Team: Thomas Reydon, Hugh Desmond

The John Templeton Foundation awarded Thomas Reydon around $ 250,000 to investigate the concept of agency and the structure of agential explanations in evolutionary thinking in biology and in non-biological areas of research. The project is a subaward project in the cohort program, Agency, Directionality, and Function: Foundations for a Science of Purpose, a $ 14,5 M interdisciplinary program encompassing 24 subaward projects. For more information about the cohort program, see here

Evolution and Social Science Group at the University of Missouri

The Evolution and Social Science (ESS) Group brings together scholars exploring the connections among the evolutionary and the social sciences, providing a venue to facilitate research, learning, and training.

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