We congratulate Samir Okasha on his recent election to the British Academy. The 2018 Fellows were announced today:
Election as a BA Fellow is recognition of achievement in the humanities and social sciences. Samir joins the Philosophy section of the British Academy and will work with his fellow Fellows to lead the discipline in the UK.
Professor Okasha recently published Agents and Goals in Evolution
Samir Okasha offers a philosophical perspective on evolutionary biology in Agents and Goals in Evolution. His focus is on "agential thinking", which is a mode of thought commonly employed in evolutionary biology. The paradigm case of agential thinking involves treating an evolved organism as if it were an agent pursuing a goal, such as survival or reproduction, and treating its phenotypic traits as strategies for achieving that goal, or furthering its biological interests.