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Research Interests for Robert N. Brandon

Research Interests:

Robert N. Brandon (Ph.D. 1979, Harvard) joined the Duke Faculty in fall of 1979. He holds a joint appointment in Philosophy and Biology . He has published articles in Philosophy of Science, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Biology and Philosophy, PSA 1980 and PSA 1982, some of which have subsequently been anthologized. He has co-edited (with Richard Burian) Genes, Organisms, Populations: Controversies over the Units of Selection (Bradford Books, MIT Press, 1984), and his book, Adaptation and Environment was published by Princeton University Press in 1990. His most recent book Concepts and Methods in Evolutionary Biology (Cambridge) was published in 1996. During the spring of 1984 he had a visiting appointment at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh. Brandon is a member of Duke's Center for the Philosophy of Biology.

Areas of Interest:

Philosophy of Science, 
Philosophy of Biology, 

Recent Publications
  1. McShea, DW; Wang, SC; Brandon, RN, A quantitative formulation of biology's first law., Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution, vol. 73 no. 6 (June, 2019), pp. 1101-1115 [doi[abs]
  2. Fleming, L; Brandon, R, Why flying dogs are rare: A general theory of luck in evolutionary transitions., Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, vol. 49 (February, 2015), pp. 24-31 [doi[abs]
  3. Brandon, R; Fleming, L, Drift sometimes dominates selection, and vice versa: A reply to Clatterbuck, Sober and Lewontin, Biology & Philosophy, vol. 29 no. 4 (January, 2014), pp. 577-585, Springer Nature [doi[abs]
  4. Brandon, RN, A general case for functional pluralism, in Functions: Selection and Mechanisms, edited by Huneman, P (January, Accepted, 2013), pp. 97-104, Springer Netherlands, ISBN 9789400753037 [doi[abs]
  5. Brandon, RN, A General Case for Functional Pluralism, in Synthese Library, vol. 363 (January, Accepted, 2013), pp. 97-104 [doi[abs]

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