Philosophical Perspectives on Biosciences: What is Biological Essentialism?

Free Public Lecture

Philosophical Perspectives on Biosciences: What is Biological Essentialism?

Singapore Theatre B120
Melbourne School of Design
Masson Road

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‘Biological essentialism’ and ‘genetic essentialism’ are regarded as false and pernicious doctrines, especially when applied to human beings. But ‘essentialism’ can mean many things. Ideas proudly paraded as anti-essentialist in some disciplines would count as essentialist in others. This lecture reviews scientific findings about essentialism as a psychological phenomenon. It explores the very different reasons why the biological sciences, the social sciences and the humanities have all come to identify ‘essentialism’ as a problem.

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  • Professor Paul Griffiths
    Professor Paul Griffiths, ARC Laureate Fellow, Professor of Philosophy and Domain Leader for Society and Environment, Charles Perkins Centre