Jan Baedke, Ph.D.

 

Jan Baedke is a researcher at the Department of Philosophy I, Ruhr University Bochum. His research interests include the history and philosophy of the life sciences (especially biology), and philosophical anthropology. He received his PhD in 2014 (Best Dissertation Award, 'GdF Award', RUB). Currently he works on the German Research Foundation (DFG) funded project Extended Synthesis and Scientific Explanation: Challenges of Theoretical Expansion in Modern Biology. It investigates the conceptual and methodological challenges going along with the current introduction of novel explanatory approaches in evolutionary theory by more developmentally oriented accounts, such as evo-devo, epigenetics, and niche construction theory. Other research interests concern anthropological issues in the biosciences and the role of the visual in the sciences. Besides that he is working on current trends towards commodification in the sciences as a member of the Global Young Faculty (Foundation Mercator). Since 2017 he is the book review editor of the 'Journal for General Philosophy of Science.'

 

Vita

  • 06-07/2017: Visiting Scholar, Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI), Vienna
  • 02-04/2016: Visiting Scholar, Centre for the Study of Life Sciences (Egenis), University of Exeter
  • 10/2015: Best Dissertation Award ('GdF Award'), Ruhr-University Bochum
  • 10/2015-04/2017: Fellow of the Global Young Faculty (Foundation Mercator)
  • 04/2015: Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy I, Ruhr-University Bochum
  • 10-12/2014: Visiting Scholar, Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY)
  • 09-10/2014, 09-10/2016: Visiting Scholar, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM)
  • 09/2014: Ph.D., Ruhr University Bochum (Dissertation: ‘Causal explanation in epigenetics: Modeling complex biological systems’)
  • 02-03/2013: Visiting Ph.D. Student, Finnish Centre of Excellence (TINT), University of Helsinki
  • 2011-2014: PhD scholarships from the ‘Ruhr-University Research School’ (graduate school of the German Research Foundation, DFG, and the German Excellence Initiative) and the Foundation Mercator
  • 2010: M.A. degree in Philosophy  (M.A. thesis on evolutionary models of cultural development); M.Ed. degree in Biology and Philosophy, Ruhr-University Bochum.

 

Publications

 Books

  • Above the Gene, Beyond Biology: Towards a Philosophy of Epigenetics. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. (forthcoming)

  Editions

  • Wahrheit oder Pflicht: Herausforderungen für die moderne Wissenschaft [Truth of dare: Challenges for modern science]. J. Baedke, A. Brunschweiger, U. Häger, A. Hemschemeier, C. Hundt, M. Richter & J. Theis (eds.). Klartext: Essen. (2017) [Link]
  • Anthropologie 2.0? Neuere Ansätze einer philosophischen Anthropologie im Zeitalter der Biowissenschaften [Anthropology 2.0? New Approaches in Philosophical Anthropology in the Age of Bioscience]. J. Baedke, C. Brandt & H.-U. Lessing (eds.). LIT: Münster. (2015) [Link]

  Journal Articles

  • Visual metaphors in the sciences: The case of epigenetic landscape images. In: Journal for General Philosophy of Science 48, 173-195. (Co-author: Tobias Schöttler; 2017). [download pdf]
  • Exclusions, explanations, and exceptions: On the lawlike status of the competitive exclusion principle. In: Philosophy & Theory in Biology 7, e602. (Co-author: Jani Raerinne, 2015). [download pdf]
  • Model organisms in evo-devo: Promises and pitfalls of the comparative approach. In: History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 36, 42-59. (Co-Author: Alessandro Minelli; 2014). [download pdf]
  • The epigenetic landscape in the course of time: Conrad Hal Waddington’s methodological impact on the life sciences. In: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 44, 756-73. (2013). [download pdf]
  • Causal explanation beyond the gene: Manipulation and causality in epigenetics. In: Theoria 27, 153-174. (2012).[download pdf]

    Book Chapters

  • Neue Plastizität und postgenomische Lebensverbesserung. [New plasticity and post-genomic life enhancement]. In: K. Liggieri & F. Hüttemann (eds.): Die Grenze ‚Mensch’: Diskurse des Transhumanismus [The Border ’Human’: Discourse on Transhumanism]. transcript: Bielefeld. (forthcoming)
  • The new biology of the social: Shaping humans’ future, science, and public health. In: G. Verschraegen, F. Vandermoere, L. Brackmans & B. Segaert (eds.): Imagined Futures in Science, Technology and Society. Routledge: London, 45-64. (2017) [download pdf]
  • Die Moderne Wissenschaft: Werte und Strukturen im Wandel [Modern science: Changing values and structures]. In: J. Baedke, A. Brunschweiger, U. Häger, A. Hemschemeier, C. Hundt, M. Richter & J. Theis (eds.): Wahrheit oder Pflicht: Herausforderungen für die moderne Wissenschaft [Truth of dare: Challenges for modern science]. Klartext: Essen, 8-12. (2017)
  • Raus aus dem Elfenbeinturm! Alte und neue Rollen der Wissenschaft in der Gesellschaft [Leaving the ivory tower: Old and new roles of science in society]. In: J. Baedke, A. Brunschweiger, U. Häger, A. Hemschemeier, C. Hundt, M. Richter & J. Theis (eds.): Wahrheit oder Pflicht: Herausforderungen für die moderne Wissenschaft [Truth of dare: Challenges for modern science]. Klartext: Essen, 12-15. (2017)
  • Grenzen des Menschseins: Intensivmedizinische Herausforderungen und anthropologische Ungewissheiten. [Borders of being human: Challenges in intensive care and anthropological uncertainties]. In: J. Baedke, C. Brandt & H.-U. Lessing (eds.): Anthropologie 2.0?. LIT: Münster, 89-102. (Co-author: Jessica Pahl; 2015)
  • Challenges to characterizing the notion of causation across disciplinary boundaries: Comment on Faye. In: M.C. Galavotti, S. Hartmann, M. Weber, W. Gonzalez, D. Dieks & T. Uebel (eds.): New Directions in the Philosophy of Science (Series ‘The Philosophy of Science in a European Perspective’). Springer: Dordrecht, 191-202. (2014) [download pdf]
  • Die andere Epigenetik: Modellbildungen in der Stammzellbiologie und die Diversität epigenetischer Ansätze [The other epigenetics: Modeling in stem cell biology and the diversity of epigenetic approaches]. In: V. Lux & J.T. Richter (eds.): Kulturen der Epigenetik: Vererbt, codiert, übertragen [Cultures in Epigenetics: Inherited, Coded, Transmitted]. DeGruyter: Berlin: 23-41. (Co-author: Christina Brandt; 2014) [download pdf]

Reviews & Others 

  • Expanding Views of Evolution and Causality (Conference Report ‘Cause and Process in Evolution’, Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI), Vienna, May 11th–14th, 2017). In: Journal for General Philosophy of Science. (2017) [download pdf]
  • Complete bibliography of Hermann v. Helmholtz. In: Pulte, H., Heidelberger, M. and G. Schiemann (eds.): Hermann von Helmholtz: Philosophische und populärwissenschaftliche Schriften [Philosophical and popular-science writings]. Meiner: Hamburg, 1255-1335. (2017)
  • Development, evolution, and the concepts between the two (Review of ‘Conceptual Change in Biology’. Ed. A. Love, 2015). In: Acta Biotheoretic 64: 99-103. (2016).
  • Review of ‘Understanding Evolution’. K. Kampourakis (2014). In: Frontiers in Evolutionary Developmental Biology 4:11. Doi: 10.3389/fevo.2016.00011. (2016).
  • Review of ‘Historisches Wörterbuch der Biologie’. [Historical Dictionary of Biology]. G. Toepfer (2011). In: Journal for General Philosophy of Science 46: 409-411. (2015).
  • Editorial. In: J. Baedke, C. Brandt & H.-U. Lessing (eds.): Anthropologie 2.0?. LIT: Münster, 3-10. (Co-author: Christina Brandt, Hans-Ulrich Lessing; 2015).
  • Review of ‘The Reception of Charles Darwin in Europe’. Eds. Eve-Marie Engels and Thomas F. Glick (2008), in: Journal for General Philosophy of Science, 43: 411-413 (2011).

 

Talks

    Upcoming talks

  • ‘Locating the Organism in the Environment: Old and New Challenges’, July 17th 2017, Meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB), University of São Paulo, Brazil.
  • ‘No Return of the Organism: Postgenomic Trends in Biological Theory and Society’, Meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB), University of São Paulo, Brazil, July 19th 2017.

    Selected talks

  • 'Losing the Organism in the Environment… once again?', Sept 30th 2016, UAM-C Seminar of Philosophy of Biology, Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM), Mexico.
  • 'The Concept of the Social in J. Huxley and Postgenomics', July 7th 2016, Seminar ‘History of Science’, Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Germany.
  • 'Individuals and Environments: A Postgenomic View on Human Nature', May 11th 2016, Conference: ‘Crisis of Humanity?’, University Krakow, Poland.
  • 'Parts, Wholes, Processes, and Rates: From Rigid to Dynamic Mechanisms', March 07th 2016, Egenis Seminar, University of Exeter, England.
  • 'Travelling the Hilly Landscape between Disciplines: The Case of C.H. Waddington. Jan. 7th 2016, Meeting of the Modern Language Association (MLA), Austin, USA.
  • 'Beyond the Proximate-Ultimate Distinction': The Case of Evo-Devo, Sept. 3rd 2015, Workshop ‘Causation in Biology’, University of Bristol, England.
  • 'Evo-Devo Mechanisms Revisited: A Process Account', July 7th 2015, Meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB), Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada.
  • 'The Return of the Social in Biological Theory', March 19th 2015, Workshop ‘Science Shaping the World of Tomorrow: Scientific Imagination and Development of Society,’ University Centre Saint-Ignatius Antwerp, Belgium.
  • 'No Parts, no Wholes, no Problems: A Process Approach to Biological Mechanisms', Oct. 17th 2014, UAM-C Seminar of Philosophy of Biology, Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM), Mexico.
  • 'Social Biology Redux: From Julian Huxley to Postgenomics', Oct.16th 2014, CEIICH Seminar, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico.
  • 'Dissecting the Explanatory Power of Epigenetics', July 10th 2013, Meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB), University of Montpellier, France.
  • 'Explanatory Hurdles in Epigenetics', March 4th 2013, TINT Seminar 'Philosophy of Science', University of Helsinki, Finland.
  • 'Comment on Jan Faye' ('What counts as causation in physics and biology?'), Nov. 22nd-24th 2012, ESF-workshop ‘Causation, Dispositions and Probabilities in Physics and Biology’, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • ‘The Types are back in Town: Explanation and Laws in Evolutionary Developmental Biology’. Nov 16th 2012, Workshop ‘Knowledge and Law: Perspectives on the Status of Laws in 19th Century Philosophy of Science’, State University of Milan, Italy.
  • ‘Comment on Alessandro Minelli ‘Model organisms in evo-devo. Promises and pitfalls of the comparative approach’’. Sept. 10th 2012, European Advanced Seminar in the Philosophy of the Life Sciences ‘In Vivo, ex Vivo, in Vitro, in Silico - Models in the Life Sciences’, Brocher Center, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • 'The Epigenetic Landscape in the Course of Time', June 22nd 2012, Meeting of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS), Dalhousie University/University of King's College, Canada.
  • ‘Complexity and the limits of knowledge’. Nov 16th 2011, Workshop on limits of knowledge, State University of Milan, Italy.
  • ‘Wiggling non-genetic inheritance systems: Manipulation, causality and explanation in epigenetics’. Sept 19th 2011, Conference on Causality and Explanation in the Sciences, University of Ghent, Belgium.
  • ‘Extended Synthesis and extended methodology: The limits of interventionism in epigenetics’. July 12th 2011, Meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology, University of Salt Lake City, USA.

 

Dr. Jan Baedke

Fakultät III, Institut für Philosophie I
GA 3/150
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Universitätsstr. 150
44801 Bochum
Tel. +49(0)234/32-24727
Email: Jan.Baedke@rub.de