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Prof. Dr. Thomas Reydon

Prof. Dr. Thomas Reydon

Prof. Dr. Thomas Reydon
Im Moore 21
30167 Hannover
Prof. Dr. Thomas Reydon
Im Moore 21
30167 Hannover
  • Philosophy of Biology
  • Theoretical Biology
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Evolutionary Theory
  • Scientific Explanations
  • Taxonomy and Classification
  • Research Ethics and Good Academic Practice

Main Areas of Research and Teaching

  • Philosophy of biology
  • General philosophy of science (epistemology & metaphysics)
  • Bioethics
  • Ethics in science

Publications (selection)

Reydon, T.A.C. (2020): 'How can science be well-ordered in times of crisis? Learning from the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic', History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 42: 53.  

Lohse, S., Wasmer, M., & Reydon, T.A.C. (2020): 'Integrating Philosophy of Science into Research on Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in the Life Sciences.', Perspectives on Science 28: 700–736.  

Reydon, T.A.C. (2020): 'What attitude should scientists have? Good academic practice as a precondition for the production of knowledge', in: McCain, K.R. & Kampourakis, K. (Eds): What is Scientific Knowledge? An Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology of Science, Abingdon: Routledge, in press.

Reydon, T.A.C. (2019): ‘Taxa hold little information about organisms: Some inferential problems in biological systematics’, History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 41: 40.

Reydon, T.A.C. & Kunz, W. (2019): ‘Species as natural entities, instrumental units and ranked taxa: New perspectives on the grouping and ranking problems’, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 126: 623-636.
Reydon, T.A.C. (2019): ‘Are species good units for biodiversity studies and conservation efforts?’, in: Casetta E., Marquez da Silva, J. & Vecchi, D. (Eds): From Assessing to Conserving Biodiversity: Beyond the Species Approach, Cham: Springer, pp. 167-193.

Reydon, T.A.C. (2017): ‘Philosophie der Biologie’, in: Lohse, S. & Reydon, T.A.C. (Eds): Grundriss Wissenschaftsphilosophie: Die Philosophien der Einzelwissenschaften, Hamburg: Felix Meiner Verlag, pp. 253-286.

Reydon, T.A.C. (2016): ‘From a zooming-in model to a co-creation model: Towards a more dynamic account of classification and kinds’, in: Kendig, C.E. (Ed.): Natural Kinds and Classi-fication in Scientific Practice, London & New York: Routledge, pp. 59-73.

Reydon, T.A.C. (2015): ‘The evolution of human nature and its implications for politics: A critique’, Journal of Bioeconomics 17: 17-36.

Reydon, T.A.C. & Scholz, M. (2015): ‘Searching for Darwinism in Generalized Darwinism’, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 66: 561-589.

Ereshefsky, M. & Reydon, T.A.C. (2015): ‘Scientific kinds’, Philosophical Studies 172: 969-986.

Reydon, T.A.C. & Scholz, M. (2014): ‘Darwinism and Organizational Ecology: A case of in-completeness or incompatibility?’, Philosophy of the Social Sciences 44: 364-373.

Kampourakis, K., Reydon, T.A.C., Patrinos, G.P. & Strasser, B.J. (2014): ‘Genetics and society – Educating scientifically literate citizens: Introduction to the thematic issue’, Science & Education 23: 251-258.

Franssen, M.P.M., Kroes, P., Reydon, T.A.C. & Vermaas, P.E. (2014): ‘Introduction: The ontology of technical artefacts’, in: Franssen, M.P.M., Kroes, P., Reydon, T.A.C. & Vermaas, P.E. (Eds): Artefact Kinds: Ontology and the Human-Made World, Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 1-14.

Reydon, T.A.C. (2014): ‘Metaphysical and epistemological approaches to developing a theory of artifact kinds’, in: Franssen, M.P.M., Kroes, P., Reydon, T.A.C. & Vermaas, P.E. (Eds): Arte-fact Kinds: Ontology and the Human-Made World, Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 125-144.

Reydon, T.A.C. (2013): ‘Classifying life, reconstructing history and teaching diversity: Philosophical issues in the teaching of biological systematics and biodiversity’, Science & Education 22: 189-220.

Scholz, M. & Reydon, T.A.C. (2013): ‘On the explanatory power of Generalized Darwinism: Missing items on the research agenda’, Organization Studies 34: 993-999.

MacLeod, M. & Reydon, T.A.C. (2013): ‘Natural kinds in the life sciences: Scholastic twilight or new dawn?’, Biological Theory 7: 89-99.

Reydon, T.A.C. (2013): Wissenschaftsethik: Eine Einführung (UTB textbook series no. 4032), Stuttgart: Eugen Ulmer Verlag / UTB. Lohse, S. & Reydon, T.A.C. (2017): ‘Einleitung: Zur Ausdifferenzierung der Wissenschaftsphilosophie’, in: Lohse, S. & Reydon, T.A.C. (Eds): Grundriss Wissenschaftsphilosophie: Die Philosophien der Einzelwissenschaften, Hamburg: Felix Meiner Verlag, pp. 9-15.

Reydon, T.A.C. (2016): ‘A critical assessment of graph-based Generalized Darwinism’, in: Jagers op Akkerhuis, G.A.J.M. (Ed.): Evolution and Transitions in Complexity: The Science of Hierarchical Organization in Nature, Cham: Springer, pp. 125-135.

Reydon, T.A.C. (2016): ‘Die Wissenschaftsethik von Übermorgen: Zwischen Werten und Verantwortung’, in: Maring, M. (Ed.): Zur Zukunft der Bereichsethiken – Herausforderungen durch die Ökonomisierung der Welt, Karlsruhe: KIT Scientific Publishing, pp. 303-316.

Kirschning, A. & Reydon, T.A.C. (2015): ‘Is organic chemistry science – and does this question make any sense at all?’, Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry 11: 893-896, open access at

Reydon, T.A.C. (2015): ‘Episteologische Aspekte der Anwendung des Vorsorgeprinzips bei Biosicherheitsfragen’, Ordnung der Wissenschaft, issue 2 of 2015, pp. 73-82, open access at

Reydon, T.A.C. (2015): ‘Plagiate als Professionalisierungsproblem’, in: Lahusen, C. & Markschies, C. (Eds): Zitat, Paraphrase, Plagiat: Wissenschaft zwischen guter Praxis und Fehlverhalten, Frankfurt a.M.: Campus, pp. 293-304.

Reydon, T.A.C. (2013): ‘Symmetry and the explanation of organismal form: Commentary on Golubitsky’, in: Gähde, U., Hartmann, S. & Wolf, J.H. (Eds): Models, Simulations and the Re-duction of Complexity, Berlin: De Gruyter, 43-51.

Franssen, M.P.M., Kroes, P., Reydon, T.A.C. & Vermaas, P.E. (Eds) (2014): Artefact Kinds: Ontology and the Human-Made World (Synthese Library, Vol. 365), Heidelberg: Springer.