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Thomas Reydon, M.Sc., M.A., Dr. (Leiden)

Thomas Reydon is a philosopher of science with a backgound in physics, philosophy, and (theoretical) biology, and a research focus in theoretical (as well as, to some extent, practical) philosophy of the life sciences. 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 (Germany), where he currently is Professor of Philosophy of Biology in the Institute of Philosophy, Head of the Institute of Philosophy, as well as a Board Member of the Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (CELLS). 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, and a Visiting Fellow at the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science (University of Minnesota).

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

Contact Information

E-Mail: thomas.reydoncells.uni-hannover.de / reydonww.uni-hannover.de
Tel.: +49 511 762 19391
Secretary: +49 511 762 2494
Fax: +49 511 762 4758

Institute of Philosophy (visiting address)
Leibniz Universitaet Hannover
Im Moore 21 (4th floor, room B421)
30167 Hannover

CELLS – Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences
Leibniz Universitaet Hannover
Otto-Brenner-Straße 1
30159 Hannover

Main Areas of Research & Teaching

  • philosophy of biology
  • general philosophy of science (epistemology & metaphysics)
  • bioethics
  • ethics in science

Publications (Selection)

  • Ereshefsky, M. & Reydon, T.A.C. 2015. "Scientific kinds" Philosophical Studies 172: 969-986.
  • 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.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. 2016. "From a zooming-in model to a co-creation model: Towards a more dynamic account of classification and kinds", Natural Kinds and Classification in Scientific Practice, ed. Kendig, C.E. London: Routledge, 59-73.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. 2016. "A critical assessment of graph-based Generalized Darwinism",  Evolution and Transitions in Complexity: The Science of Hierarchical Organization in Nature, ed. Jagers op Akkerhuis, G. New York: Springer, 125-135.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. 2017. "Philosophie der Biologie", Grundriss Wissenschaftsphilosophie: Die Philosophien der Einzelwissenschaften, ed. Lohse, S. & Reydon, T.A.C. Hamburg: Meiner, 253-286.
  • Lohse, S. & Reydon, T.A.C. (ed.) 2017. Grundriss Wissenschaftsphilosophie: Die Philosophien der Einzelwissenschaften, (ed.) with an introduction. Hamburg: Meiner.