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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Lecture Series: Here


New publications...

  • Jan Baedke, Alejandro Fábregas-Tejeda, Guido I. Prieto: Unknotting reciprocal causation between organism and environment. In: Biology & Philosophy (2021) [download pdf]
  • Abigail Nieves Delgado, Jan Baedke: Does the human microbiome tell us something about race? In: Nature: Humanities & Social Sciences Communications (2021) [download pdf]
  • Francesco Catania, Jan Baedke, Alejandro Fábregas-Tejeda, Abigail Nieves Delgado, Valerio Vitali, Le Anh Nguyen Long: Global climate change, diet and the complex relationship between human host and microbiome: Towards an integrated picture. In: BioEssays (2021) [download pdf]
  • Jan Baedke, Scott F. Gilbert: Evolution and development. In: E. Zalta (ed.): Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. (2020) [download pdf])
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Jan Baedke

Fakultät III,
Institut für Philosophie I
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Ruhr-Universität Bochum
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Institut für Philosophie I
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
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