The research unit studies the history and philosophy of the life sciences, especially biology, and philosophical anthropology. Its members work in the Emmy Noether research group "ROTO" (The Return of the Organism in the Biosciences: Theoretical, Historical, and Social Dimensions) funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). It investigates the conceptual, methodological and anthropological challenges going along with the current comeback of the concept of organism in the bio- and biomedical sciences. The group combines philosophical, historical and sociological approaches to study biological individuality, agency, organism-environment boundaries, and the concept of environment.

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New publications...

  • Jan Baedke, Scott F. Gilbert: Evolution and development. In: E. Zalta (ed.): Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. (2020) [download pdf])
  • Jan Baedke, Alejandro Fábregas Tejeda, Francisco Vergara-Silva (2020): Does the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis entail extended explanatory power? In: Biology & Philosophy 35, 20. [download pdf]
  • Jan Baedke, Alejandro Fábregas-Tejeda, Abigail Nieves Delgado (2020): The holobiont concept before Margulis. In: The Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution. [download pdf]


Jun.-Prof. Dr. Jan Baedke

Fakultät III, Institut für Philosophie I
GC 05/705
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Universitätsstr. 150
44801 Bochum
Tel. +49(0)234/32-24727