I am a philosopher of science working mainly on evolutionary theory, scientific explanations, classification in the sciences, natural kinds, connections between classification and nature conservation, and research ethics and responsibility. Officially I am Professor of Philosophy of Science and Technology at the Institute of Philosophy at Leibniz Universität Hannover, with a cross appointment as Professor in the Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (CELLS). I also am Associate Faculty in the Socially Engaged Philosophy of Science Group (SEPOS) at Michigan State University, an elected Fellow of The Linnean Society of London, and Council Member of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB).
I grew up in The Hague on the Dutch North Sea coast. I was educated at Aloysius College and Leiden University, and I am an alumnus of L.V.V.S. Augustinus in Leiden. I divide my time between East Lansing, Michigan, and Hannover, Germany. But: Zoo ik ièts ben, ben ik een Hagenaar.
Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (CELLS)
Leibniz Universität Hannover
Otto-Brenner-Straße 1 (Room 811)
30159 Hannover, Germany