I have broad philosophical interests, though most of my research falls into two main areas: (i) philosophy of biology / evolutionary theory; and (ii) epistemology /philosophy of science.
Within philosophy of biology, I am especially intereted in foundational and conceptual questions surrounding evolutionary theory. For many years I have written about foundational issues in social evolution theory, particularly those surrounding the 'levels of selection' issue, and the related issue of individual-group conflicts of interest. This culminated in my book Evolution and the Levels of Selection (OUP 2006), which was awarded the 2009 Lakatos Prize for an outstanding contribution to philosophy of ...
I received my doctorate in 1998 from the University of Oxford, where I worked with Bill Newton-Smith. I then held a post-doctoral position at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), before moving to the London School of Economics as a Jacobsen Fellow. I was a Lecturer at the University of York from 2000-2002, and in 2003 moved to the University of Bristol. I was promoted to a personal chair in 2006.
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