Complete list of publications and presentations: see here (pdf).


Selected papers:


Note: I tend not to put penultimate versions of papers online (because of the minor changes to the text that usually occur during copyediting), but of course I'm happy to share my work. For pdfs of final, published versions of papers, please drop me an email.


➼  Articles & chapters (peer-reviewed unless indicated as [Invited] or [Not refereed]):

  1. Reydon, T.A.C. & Ereshefsky, M. (submitted, under review): ‘How to incorporate non-epistemic values into a theory of classification’.
  2. Lohse, S., Wasmer, M.S. & Reydon, T.A.C. (submitted, under review): ‘From ELSI to E2LSI: Integrating philosophy of science and research on ethical, legal and social issues in the life sciences’.
  3. Reydon, T.A.C. (2020): ‘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.
  4. 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, in press. [Invited]
  5. Reydon, T.A.C. (2020): ‘Generalized Darwinism as modest unification’, American Philosophical Quarterly, in press.
  6. Ereshefsky, M. & Reydon, T.A.C. (2020): ‘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.
  7. Reydon, T.A.C. (2020): ‘On radical solutions in the philosophy of biology: What does “individuals thinking” actually solve?’, Synthese, in press (available online first here). 
  8. Reydon, T.A.C. (2020): ‘Functional kinds and the metaphysics of functional levels: In what sense are functionally defined kinds and levels non-arbitrary?’, in: Brooks, D., DiFrisco, J. & Wimsatt, W.C. (Eds): Hierarchy and Levels of Organization in Biology, Cambridge (MA): MIT Press, in press.
  9. 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: 40. [pdf]
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Reydon, T.A.C. (2019): ‘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. [Invited]
  13. 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. [Not refereed]
  14. 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.
  15. 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 Classi-fication in Scientific Practice, London & New York: Routledge, pp. 59-73.  [pdf]
  16. 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. [Invited]
  17. Reydon, T.A.C. (2016): ‘Die Wissenschaftsethik von Übermorgen: Zwischen Werten und Ver-antwortung’, in: Maring, M. (Ed.): Zur Zukunft der Bereichsethiken – Herausforderungen durch die Ökonomisierung der Welt, Karlsruhe: KIT Scientific Publishing, pp. 303-316. [Invited] [pdf of paper] [pdf of entire volume]
  18. Kirschning, A. & Reydon, T.A.C. (2015): ‘Is organic chemistry science – and does this ques-tion make any sense at all?’, Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry 11: 893-896, open access at [Not refereed] [Available online here; also published in Beilstein Magazine, see here.]
  19. 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.
  20. Reydon, T.A.C. & Scholz, M. (2015): ‘Searching for Darwinism in Generalized Darwinism’, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 66: 561-589.
  21. Ereshefsky, M. & Reydon, T.A.C. (2015): ‘Scientific kinds’, Philosophical Studies 172: 969-986.
  22. Reydon, T.A.C. (2015): ‘Epistemologische Aspekte der Anwendung des Vorsorgeprinzips bei Biosicherheitsfragen’, Ordnung der Wissenschaft, issue 2 of 2015, pp. 73-82, open access at [Invited] [Available online here.]
  23. 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. [Invited]
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. MacLeod, M. & Reydon, T.A.C. (2013): ‘Natural kinds in the life sciences: Scholastic twilight or new dawn?’, Biological Theory 7: 89-99.
  31. 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. [Invited]  [pdf]
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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. [Not refereed]
  38. 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.
  39. 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. [Invited]
  40. 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]
  41. Van Dijk, E.M. & Reydon, T.A.C. (2010): ‘A conceptual analysis of evolutionary theory for teacher education‘, Science & Education 19: 655-677.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. 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]
  46. Reydon, T.A.C. (2009): ‘Species and kinds: A critique of Rieppel’s “one of a kind” account of species’, Cladistics 25: 660-667.
  47. Reydon, T.A.C. (2009): ‘Gene names as proper names of individuals: An assessment’, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 60: 409-432.
  48. Reydon, T.A.C. & Scholz, M. (2009): ‘Why organizational ecology is not a Darwinian research program‘, Philosophy of the Social Sciences 39: 408-439.
  49. Reydon, T.A.C. (2009): ‘Do the life sciences need natural kinds?’, Croatian Journal of Philosophy 9: 169-190.  [pdf]
  50. Reydon, T.A.C. (2008): ‘Species in three and four dimensions’, Synthese 164: 161-184.
  51. 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.
  52. Scholz, M. & Reydon, T.A.C. (2008): ’Wie praktische Probleme aus ungerechtfertigter Theo-rieübertragung 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. [Invited]
  53. 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.
  54. 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: ‘Sur la nature du problème de l'espèce et les quatre sens du mot “espèce”’, in: Gayon, J. & Pradeu, T. (Eds): Textes Clés de Philosophie de la Biologie, Vol. 2, Paris: Vrin, forthcoming.
  55. 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. [Not refereed] [pdf]
  56. Reydon, T.A.C. (2004): ‘Why does the species problem still persist?’, BioEssays 26: 300-305.  [pdf]
  57. 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. [Invited]
  58. Reydon, T.A.C. (2003): ‘Discussion: Species are individuals – or are they?’, Philosophy of Science 70: 49-56.  [pdf]
➼  Encyclopedia article:
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2012): ‘Philosophy of technology’, in: Fieser, J. & Dowden, B. (Eds): Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, peer-reviewed online publication, see here.
➼  Book reviews & conference reports:
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2015): Book review of Are Species Real? An Essay on the Metaphysics of Species by Matthew H. Slater, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 66: 1029-1033..
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2015): ‘Natural kinds no longer are what they never were’ (book review of Natural Categories and Human Kinds: Classification in the Natural and Social Sciences by Muhammad Ali Khalidi), Metascience 24: 259-264.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2013): ‘Species as gene flow communities’ (Essay review of Do Species Exist? Principles of Taxonomic Classification by Werner Kunz), Acta Biotheoretica 61: 525-534.
  • Weber, E., Reydon, T.A.C., Boon, M., Houkes, W. & Vermaas, P.E. (2013): ‘The ICE-theory of technical functions’ (Review symposium of Technical Functions: On the Use and Design of Artefacts by Wybo Houkes and Pieter E. Vermaas), Metascience 22: 23-44.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2013): Book review of The Species Problem: A Philosophical Analysis by Richard A. Richards, Science & Education 22: 381-389.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2011): Book review of Philosophies of the Sciences: A Guide edited by Fritz Allhoff, Acta Biotheoretica 59: 319-325.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2011): Book review of Integrating Evolution and Development: From Theory to Practice edited by Roger Sansom and Robert N. Brandon, Acta Biotheoretica 59: 81-86.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2007): Book review of Darwin and the Nature of Species by David N. Stamos, Quarterly Review of Biology 82: 263-264.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2007): ‘Philosophy of biology, German style’ (essay review of Philosophie der Biologie: Eine Einführung, edited by Ulrich Krohs and Georg Toepfer), Biology and Philosophy 22: 619-626.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2007): Book review of Making Sense of Heritability by Neven Sesardic, Philosophy in Review 27: 218-220.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2006): Book review of Evolution in Four Dimensions: Genetic, Epigenetic, Behavioral, and Symbolic Variation in the History of Life by Eva Jablonka and Marion J. Lamb, Philosophy in Review 26: 191-194.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2005): ‘Bridging the gap between history and philosophy of biology’ (book review of The Philosophy of Biology: An Episodic History by Marjorie Grene and David Depew), Metascience 14: 249-253.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2005): Book review of Natural Kinds and Conceptual Change by Joseph LaPorte, Philosophical Quarterly 55: 672-674.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2004): Book review of Biological Complexity and Integrative Pluralism by Sandra D. Mitchell, Philosophy in Review 24: 276-279.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2004): Book review of The Species Problem: Biological Species, Ontology, and the Metaphysics of Biology by David N. Stamos, Acta Biotheoretica 52: 229-232.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2003): Book review of The Nature of Diversity: An Evolutionary Voyage of Discovery by Daniel R. Brooks and Deborah A. McLennan, History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 25: 135-137.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2003): Book review of Darwin and Design: Does Evolution Have A Purpose? by Michael Ruse, Human Nature Review 3: 480-483.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2003): Book Review of Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction by John Polkinghorne, Contemporary Physics 44: 465-466.
  • 19. Reydon, T.A.C. (2003): Book review of Genes, Categories, and Species: The Evolutionary and Cognitive Causes of the Species Problem by Jody Hey, Quarterly Review of Biology 78: 357.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2003): ‘Philosophy of science in seven easy lessons’ (book review of Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction by Samir Okasha), Metascience 12: 235-237.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2003): Boekbespreking van Darwins Moordbekentenis: De Ontwikkeling van het Denken van Charles Darwin door Johan Braeckman, Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 95: 73-74.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2002): Book review of Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software by Steven Johnson, History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 24: 125-127.
  • Lemmens, P. & Reydon, T.A.C. (2002): ‘Het genoom in context’, Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 94: 230-232.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2002): Book review of Species Concepts and Phylogenetic Theory: A Debate edited by Quentin D. Wheeler & Rudolf Meier, Acta Biotheoretica 50: 137-140.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. (2001): Book review of Evolution as Natural History: A Philosophical Analysis by Wim J. van der Steen, Acta Biotheoretica 49: 203-206.
  • Reydon, T.A.C. & Vermeir, K. (2001): ‘De moeizame verhouding van filosofie en ICT’, Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 93: 146-149.
➼  Public engagement:
  • Jagers op Akkerhuis, G., Reydon, T.A.C. & Zwart, H. (2016): ‘Met meer filosofie kan de biologie disciplines verbinden’, BioNieuws 26, 13 February 2016, pp. 12-13.
  • Netzwerk Philosophie der Lebenswissenschaften (author collective, members: Bauer, S., Huber, L., Kaiser, M.I., Keuck, L., Krohs, U., Kronfeldner, M., McLaughlin, P., Nickelsen, K., Reydon, T.A.C., Roughley, N., Sachse, C., Schark, M., Toepfer, G., Weber, M. & Wild, M.) (2013): ‘Philosophie der Lebenswissenschaften: Entwicklungen und Tendenzen’, Information Philosophie 4/2013, pp. 14-27.
  • 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]