Guido I. Prieto is a Ph.D. student at Ruhr University Bochum in the DFG-Emmy Noether Research Group ROTO (The Return of the Organism in the Biosciences: Theoretical, Historical, and Social Dimensions). He holds a degree in Biology from National University of Cuyo (UNCUYO; Mendoza, Argentina), where he did experimental research in functional morphology.

His Ph.D. project is aimed at making a conceptual and methodological contribution to the current philosophical and bioscientific debates on the concepts of organism and biological individual from a systemist point of view. In addition, he explores the role the organism plays in past and present organism-centered perspectives in evolutionary biology.

Besides this, he is a scientific illustrator and he is interested in the roles of art and the visual in science.

  • 2021: Visiting Ph.D. student, Institut d'Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne & CNRS, France
  • 2020-: Ph.D. student in Philosophy, Institut für Philosophie I, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
  • 2019: Lecturer, 'Scientific Illustration', Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales (FCEN), Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (UNCUYO), Argentina
  • 2017-2019: Teaching assistant, 'Epistemology' and 'Evolutionary Biology', FCEN, UNCUYO, Argentina
  • 2010-2019: Lic. in Biology, FCEN, UNCUYO, Argentina


Journal Articles

  • Unknotting reciprocal causation between organism and environment. In: Biology & Philosophy 36: 48 (Co-authors: Jan Baedke, Alejandro Fábregas-Tejeda; 2021) [download pdf]
  • Caution ahead: reassessing the functional morphology of the respiratory organs in amphibious snails. In: PeerJ 9: e12161 (2021) [download pdf]
  • Review of Kostas Kampourakis and Tobias Uller (Eds.): Philosophy of Science for Biologists. In: Journal for General Philosophy of Science 52: 613-616 (2021) [download pdf]
  • Morphological grounds for the obligate aerial respiration of an aquatic snail: functional and evolutionary perspectives. In: PeerJ 9: e10763 (Co-authors: Cristian Rodriguez, Israel A. Vega, Alfredo Castro-Vazquez; 2021) [download pdf]
  • Functional and evolutionary perspectives on gill structures of an obligate air-breathing, aquatic snail. In: PeerJ 7: e7342 (Co-authors: Cristian Rodriguez, Israel A. Vega, Alfredo Castro-Vazquez; 2019) [download pdf]
  • Assessment of the kidney and lung as immune barriers and hematopoietic sites in the invasive apple snail Pomacea canaliculata. In: PeerJ 6: e5789 (Co-authors: Cristian Rodriguez, Israel A. Vega, Alfredo Castro-Vazquez; 2018) [download pdf]


Selected Talks

  • Integrating organismality and biological individuality. October 15th and November 23rd 2021, PhilBio and PhilSci Seminars, Institut d'Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne & CNRS, France.
  • Organisms, biological individuals, and levels of organization: An integrative framework. September 17th 2021, Meeting of the European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA), University of Turin, Turin, Italy.
  • From Bertalanffy to Bunge and beyond: Exploring the unsettled boundaries of living systems. July 13th 2021, Meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB), Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, USA [online meeting]
  • Neither machines nor processes: Organisms as systems. February 2nd 2021, Kolloquium zur Wissenschaftstheorie und -geschichte, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany [online meeting]
  • Unknotting reciprocal causation in niche construction. July 2nd 2020, Niche Construction and Other Mechanisms in Ecology and Evolution, University of Bielefeld, Germany (Co-authors: Jan Baedke & Alejandro Fábregas-Tejeda) [online meeting]


Fakultät III,
Institut für Philosophie I
GA 3 / 34
Universidad del Ruhr Bochum
Universitätsstr. 150
44801 Bochum
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