Selected Papers

Below is a (somewhat up to date) selection of my research papers, some with links to downloadable versions. If you would like a pdf of a paper that is not listed here or a complete list of my publications, please drop me an email.

 

  • Lohse, S., Wasmer, M.S. & Reydon, T.A.C. (2021): ‘Integrating philosophy of science into research on ethical, legal and social issues in the life sciences’, Perspectives on Science, in press.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2021): ‘Generalized Darwinism as modest unification’, American Philosophical Quarterly 58: 79-93.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2021): ‘On radical solutions in the philosophy of biology: What does “individuals thinking” actually solve?’, Synthese, in press (available online first here).
  • Ereshefsky, M. & Reydon, T.A.C. (2021): ‘The Grounded Functionality Account of natural kinds’, in: Bausman, W., Baxter, J., Lean, O., Love, A. & Waters, C.K. (Eds): From Biological Practice to Scientific Metaphysics, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, in press.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2021): ‘Functional kinds and the metaphysics of functional levels: In what sense are functionally defined kinds and levels nonarbitrary?’, in: Brooks, D.S., DiFrisco, J. & Wimsatt, W.C. (Eds): Levels of Organization in the Biological Sciences, Cambridge (MA): MIT Press, in press.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2021): ‘Psychopathy as a scientific kind: On usefulness and underpinnings’, in: Malatesti, L., McMillan, J. & Šustar, P. (Eds): Psychopathy: Practical Consequences, Validity and Mental Illness Status, Dordrecht: Springer, in press.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2021): ‘Zur Unvergleichbarkeit akademischer Systeme’, Ordnung der Wissenschaft, issue 1/2021, pp. xx-xx, open access available at http://www.ordnungderwissenschaft.de.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2020): ‘How can science be well-ordered in times of crisis? Learning from the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic’, History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 42: article #53. [Open access, available here.]
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2020): ‘What is the foundation of biological classification? The search for natural systems’, in: Kampourakis, K. & Uller, T. (Eds): Philosophy of Science for Biologists, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 216-234.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2020): ‘What attitude should scientists have? Good academic practice as a precondition for the production of knowledge’, in: McCain, K.R. & Kampourakis, K. (Eds): What is Scientific Knowledge? An Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology of Science, New York & London: Routledge, pp. 18-32.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2019): ‘Taxa hold little information about organisms: Some inferential prob-lems in biological systematics’, History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 41: article #40. [pdf]
  • Reydon, T.A.C. & Kunz, W. (2019): ‘Species as natural entities, instrumental units and ranked taxa: New perspectives on the grouping and ranking problems’, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 126: 623-636.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2019): ‘Are species good units for biodiversity studies and conservation efforts?’, in: Casetta E., Marquez da Silva, J. & Vecchi, D. (Eds): From Assessing to Conserving Biodiversity: Conceptual and Practical Challenges, Cham: Springer, 167-193.
  • Lohse, S. & Reydon, T.A.C. (2017): ‘Einleitung: Zur Ausdifferenzierung der Wissenschaftsphilosophie’, in: Lohse, S. & Reydon, T.A.C. (Eds): Grundriss Wissenschaftsphilosophie: Die Philosophien der Einzelwissenschaften, Hamburg: Felix Meiner Verlag, pp. 9-15.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2017): ‘Philosophie der Biologie’, in: Lohse, S. & Reydon, T.A.C. (Eds): Grundriss Wissenschaftsphilosophie: Die Philosophien der Einzelwissenschaften, Hamburg: Felix Meiner Verlag, pp. 253-286.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2016): ‘From a zooming-in model to a co-creation model: Towards a more dynamic account of classification and kinds’, in: Kendig, C.E. (Ed.): Natural Kinds and Classification in Scientific Practice, London & New York: Routledge, pp. 59-73.  [pdf]
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2016): ‘A critical assessment of graph-based Generalized Darwinism’, in: Jagers op Akkerhuis, G.A.J.M. (Ed.): Evolution and Transitions in Complexity: The Science of Hierarchical Organization in Nature, Cham: Springer, pp. 125-135.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2016): ‘Die Wissenschaftsethik von Übermorgen: Zwischen Werten und Verantwortung’, in: Maring, M. (Ed.): Zur Zukunft der Bereichsethiken – Herausforderungen durch die Ökonomisierung der Welt, Karlsruhe: KIT Scientific Publishing, pp. 303-316. [pdf of paper; pdf of entire volume]
  • Kirschning, A. & Reydon, T.A.C. (2015): ‘Is organic chemistry science – and does this question make any sense at all?’, Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry 11: 893-896. [Open access, available online here; also published in Beilstein Magazine, see here.]
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2015): ‘The evolution of human nature and its implications for politics: A critique’, Journal of Bioeconomics 17: 17-36. [See here for a discussion of this paper by Larry Arnhart.]
  • Reydon, T.A.C. & Scholz, M. (2015): ‘Searching for Darwinism in Generalized Darwinism’, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 66: 561-589.
  • Ereshefsky, M. & Reydon, T.A.C. (2015): ‘Scientific kinds’, Philosophical Studies 172: 969-986.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2015): ‘Epistemologische Aspekte der Anwendung des Vorsorgeprinzips bei Biosicherheitsfragen’, Ordnung der Wissenschaft, issue 2/2015, pp. 73-82. [Open accesss, available online here.]
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2015): ‘Plagiate als Professionalisierungsproblem’, in: Lahusen, C. & Markschies, C. (Eds): Zitat, Paraphrase, Plagiat: Wissenschaft zwischen guter Praxis und Fehlverhalten, Frankfurt a.M.: Campus, pp. 293-304.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. & Scholz, M. (2014): ‘Darwinism and Organizational Ecology: A case of in-completeness or incompatibility?’, Philosophy of the Social Sciences 44: 364-373.
  • Kampourakis, K., Reydon, T.A.C., Patrinos, G.P. & Strasser, B.J. (2014): ‘Genetics and society – Educating scientifically literate citizens: Introduction to the thematic issue’, Science & Education 23: 251-258.
  • Franssen, M.P.M., Kroes, P., Reydon, T.A.C. & Vermaas, P.E. (2014): ‘Introduction: The ontology of technical artefacts’, in: Franssen, M.P.M., Kroes, P., Reydon, T.A.C. & Vermaas, P.E. (Eds): Artefact Kinds: Ontology and the Human-Made World, Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 1-14.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2014): ‘Metaphysical and epistemological approaches to developing a theory of artifact kinds’, in: Franssen, M.P.M., Kroes, P., Reydon, T.A.C. & Vermaas, P.E. (Eds): Artefact Kinds: Ontology and the Human-Made World, Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 125-144.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2013): ‘Classifying life, reconstructing history and teaching diversity: Philos-ophical issues in the teaching of biological systematics and biodiversity’, Science & Education 22: 189-220.
  • Scholz, M. & Reydon, T.A.C. (2013): ‘On the explanatory power of Generalized Darwinism: Missing items on the research agenda’, Organization Studies 34: 993-999.
  • MacLeod, M. & Reydon, T.A.C. (2013): ‘Natural kinds in the life sciences: Scholastic twilight or new dawn?’, Biological Theory 7: 89-99.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2013): ‘Symmetry and the explanation of organismal form: Commentary on Golubitsky’, in: Gähde, U., Hartmann, S. & Wolf, J.H. (Eds): Models, Simulations and the Reduction of Complexity, Berlin: De Gruyter, 43-51. [pdf]
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2012): ‘How-possibly explanations as genuine explanations and helpful heuristics: A comment on Forber’, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 43: 302-310.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2012): ‘Philosophy of technology’, in: Fieser, J. & Dowden, B. (Eds): Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, online available here.
  • Reydon, T.A.C., Kampourakis, K. & Patrinos, G.P. (2012): ‘Genetics, genomics and society: The responsibilities of scientists for science communication and education’, Personalized Medicine 9: 633-643.
  • Plaisance, K.S. & Reydon, T.A.C. (2012): ‘The philosophy of behavioral biology’, in: Plaisance, K.S. & Reydon, T.A.C. (Eds): Philosophy of Behavioral Biology, Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 3-24.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2012): ‘Essentialism about kinds: An undead issue in the philosophies of physics and biology?’, in: Dieks, D., Gonzalez, W.J., Hartmann, S., Stöltzner, M. & Weber, M. (Eds): Probabilities, Laws, and Structures, Dordrecht: Springer, 227-240.
  • Plaisance, K.S., Reydon, T.A.C. & Elgin, M. (2012): ‘Why the (gene) counting argument fails in the massive modularity debate: The need for understanding gene concepts and genotype-phenotype relationships’, Philosophical Psychology 25: 873-892.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2012): ‘Der Transhumanismus ist nicht vertretbar’, in: Grunwald, A. & Von Hartlieb, J. (Eds): Ist Technik die Zukunft der menschlichen Natur? 36 Essays, Hannover: Wehrhahn, pp. 262-271.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2011): ‘The arrival of the fittest what?’, in: Dieks, D., Gonzalez, W.J., Hartmann, S., Uebel, T. & Weber, M. (Eds): Explanation, Prediction, and Confirmation, Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 223-237.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. & Hoyningen-Huene, P. (2011): ‘Philosophie und ihr Verhältnis zu den Einzelwissenschaften’, in: Van Ackeren, M., Kobusch, T. & Müller, J. (Eds): Warum noch Philosophie? Historische, systematische und gesellschaftliche Positionen, Berlin: De Gruyter, pp. 127-145.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. & Hoyningen-Huene, P. (2010): ‘Discussion: Kuhn’s evolutionary analogy in The Structure of Scientific Revolutions and “The Road Since Structure”’, Philosophy of Science 77: 468-476. [pdf]
  • Van Dijk, E.M. & Reydon, T.A.C. (2010): ‘A conceptual analysis of evolutionary theory for teacher education‘, Science & Education 19: 655-677.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2010): ‘How special are the life sciences? A view from the natural kinds debate’, in: Stadler, F. (Ed.): The Present Situation in the Philosophy of Science, Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 173-188.
  • Scholz, M. & Reydon, T.A.C. (2010): ‘Organizational ecology: No Darwinian evolution after all. A rejoinder to Lemos’, Philosophy of the Social Sciences 40: 504-512.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2010): ‘Natural kind theory as a tool for philosophers of science’, in: Suárez, M., Dorato, M. & Rédei, M. (Eds): EPSA – Epistemology and Methodology of Science: Launch of the European Philosophy of Science Association, Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 245-254.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2009): ‘How to fix kind membership: A problem for HPC-theory and a solution’, Philosophy of Science 76: 724-736. [pdf]
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2009): ‘Species and kinds: A critique of Rieppel’s “one of a kind” account of species’, Cladistics 25: 660-667.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2009): ‘Gene names as proper names of individuals: An assessment’, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 60: 409-432.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. & Scholz, M. (2009): ‘Why organizational ecology is not a Darwinian research program’, Philosophy of the Social Sciences 39: 408-439.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2009): ‘Do the life sciences need natural kinds?’, Croatian Journal of Philosophy 9: 169-190. [pdf]
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2008): ‘Species in three and four dimensions’, Synthese 164: 161-184.
  • Scholz, M. & Reydon, T.A.C. (2008): ’The population ecology programme in organization studies: Problems caused by unwarranted theory transfer’, Philosophy of Management 6: 39-51.
  • Scholz, M. & Reydon, T.A.C. (2008): ’Wie praktische Probleme aus ungerechtfertigter Theorieübertragung hervorgehen können: Eine Fallstudie des populationsökologischen Ansatzes in der Organisationstheorie’, in: Scherer, A.G. & Patzer, M. (Eds): Betriebswirtschaftslehre und Unternehmensethik, Wiesbaden: Gabler, pp. 125-143.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2006): ‘Generalizations and kinds in natural science: The case of species’, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 37: 230-255.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2005): ‘On the nature of the species problem and the four meanings of ‘species’’, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 36: 135-158. [Reprinted in French as: ‘De la nature du problème de l'espèce et les quatre sens du mot “espèce”’, in: Gayon, J. & Pradeu, T. (Eds) (2020): Textes Clés de Philosophie de la Biologie, Vol. 2: Évolution, Environnement, Diversité Biologique, Paris: Vrin, forthcoming Nov. 2020.]
  • Reydon, T.A.C., Dullemeijer, P. & Hemerik, L. (2005): ‘The history of Acta Biotheoretica and the nature of theoretical biology’, in: Reydon, T.A.C. & Hemerik, L. (Eds): Current Themes in Theoretical Biology: A Dutch Perspective, Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 1-8. [pdf]
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2004): ‘Why does the species problem still persist?’, BioEssays 26: 300-305. [pdf]
  • Reydon, T.A.C. & Kornet, D.J. (2004): ‘Soorten in de systematische biologie’, in: Diekmann, O., Heesterbeek, J.A.P. & Metz, J.A.J. (Eds): De Wiskundige Kat, de Biologische Muis en de Jacht op Inzicht: Verkenningen op het Grensvlak van Wiskunde en Biologie, Utrecht: Epsilon, pp. 199-218.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2003): ‘Discussion: Species are individuals – or are they?’, Philosophy of Science 70: 49-56. [pdf]

 


Selected writings for a general audience:

 

  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2011): ‘Gute wissenschaftliche Praxis’, Unimagazin: Zeitschrift der Leibniz Universität Hannover, issue 03/04 (2011), pp. 24-26 & AlumniCampus: Ehemaligenmagazin der Leibniz Universität Hannover, issue 7 (2011), pp. 20-22. [pdf]
  • Hemerik, L. & Reydon, T.A.C. (2005): ‘The history of Acta Biotheoretica: The world’s oldest theoretical biology journal’, European Communications in Mathematical and Theoretical Biology 7: 13-17. [pdf]