Eighth Annual Conference
“Homologous parts tend to vary in some way, and homologous parts tend to cohere.”
Form, Function and Homology:
Duke’s 8th Annual Conference in Philosophy & Biology and the Annual Consortium for the History and Philosophy of Biology
May 22nd – 24th, 2009
Ingo Brigandt (University of Alberta)
Karen Neander (Duke University)
Karl J. Niklas (Cornell University)
Richard A. Richards>(The University of Alabama)
V. Louise Roth (Duke University)
Roger Sansom (Texas A&M University)
All talks will be in the French Family Science Center Rm 2231
The topic of this year’s conference is homology and function in systematic taxonomy in evolution and development. Homologous traits are similar due to their shared ancestry, although this ancestry can be evolutionary or developmental. Function is an important concept for homology, and we hope to research this relationship.
This year we will combine two conferences: The annual Consortium for the History and Philosophy of Biology (CHPB), which involves philosophers and biologists from three other institutions–Universtiy of Paris, University of Montreal, and University of Toronto–and has met annually for the last three years, and Duke’s 8th Annual Conference in Philosophy and Biology.