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Prof. Dr. Thomas A. C. Reydon

Prof. Dr. Thomas A. C. Reydon

Prof. Dr. Thomas A. C. Reydon
Im Moore 21 (Hinterhaus)
30167 Hannover
Prof. Dr. Thomas A. C. Reydon
Im Moore 21 (Hinterhaus)
30167 Hannover

Thomas Reydon is a philosopher of science with a backgound in physics, philosophy, and theoretical biology, and a research focus in philosophy of the life sciences, bioethics, and research ethics. He holds two Master’s degrees (one in physics, one in philosophy of science) and a Doctoral degree, all from Leiden University. After having finished his dissertation work in Leiden he moved to Leibniz Universität Hannover, where he currently is Professor of Philosophy of Biology in the Institute of Philosophy and the Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences. He has been a trainee Policy Officer at the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS), where he worked on GMO regulation and medical ethics, a Visiting Fellow at the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science (University of Minnesota - Twin Cities) in the Fall Semester 2008 and again in the Fall Semester 2013, as well as a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Interdisciplinarity (C4I) at Michigan State University in the Fall and Spring Semesters 2018-2019.

For detailed information about research and teaching, please follow this link to Thomas Reydon’s homepage.


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


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.