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Professor Samir Okasha

Professor Samir Okasha

Professor Samir Okasha
M.A., B.Phil., D.Phil.(Oxon.)

Professor of Philosophy of Science

Cotham House,
Cotham Hill, Bristol BS6 6JL
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 3310697

Research summary

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, my research focused on the 'levels of selection' question in evolutionary biology, and the related issue of individual versus 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 science. I continue to ...

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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.

I am a Fellow of the British Academy, and President of the European Philosophy of Science Association.


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