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Philosophy in Biology and Medicine Award given to Elliott Sober

12 June 2023 | 14 h 00 min - 18 h 00 min

The PhilInBioMed Award is given annually for an outstanding contribution to the advancement of biology or medicine through the use of philosophical and theoretical tools. To complement this recognition, the laureate receives a prize of €5,000, which is awarded by the PhilInBioMed Institute in Bordeaux, France.

We are pleased to announce that the first laureate of the PhilInBioMed Award is Elliott Sober, who is the Hans Reichenbach Professor and William F. Vilas Research Professor in the Department of Philosophy at University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. 

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The ceremony was held at the University of Bordeaux, France (Talence Campus, Building C) on June 12th, 2023, at 2pm (GMT+2). It was also available via Zoom.

The title of Elliott Sober’s Award Lecture is:

Darwin on Group Selection and Phylogenetic Inference – Simpson’s Paradox and the Law of Likelihood”

Three leading biologists commented on Elliott Sober’s lecture:  

  • Ford Doolittle (Professor Emeritus at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) (via Zoom)
  • Kevin N. Lala (Formerly Laland) (Professor, Centre for Biological Diversity, University of St Andrews, UK) (in person)
  • Silva De Monte (CNRS Researcher, Eco-evolutionary Mathematics Team, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France) (in person). 

Schedule: (French time, GMT+2)

Attendance is free and open to everyone. Please contact Thomas Pradeu if you’d like to attend.

The PhilInBioMed Award is funded by Thomas Pradeu’s ERC IDEM project’s overheads. We thank the European Research Council and the Collège Santé at the University of Bordeaux for their support.


12 June 2023
14 h 00 min - 18 h 00 min
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