Carl Brusse

Carl Brusse

Carl is a Postgraduate Research Associate in the Department of Philosophy. He has a mixed background in philosophy and physical sciences, as well as previous experience in health care research (at the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute) and in research management and administration. His published research is in philosophy of biology, health services research, and conceptual change, with postgraduate research focusing on evolutionary explanations of cooperation and religion, and on the metaphysics and conceptual commitments of theories of personal identity. At TMB, he is working on the application of recent insights from evolutionary theory to conceptions of organisms and their development, and what this means for the biological underpinnings of health and disease.





Brusse, C. (2019). Signaling theories of religion: models and explanation. Religion, Brain & Behavior, 0(0), 1–20. Download
Brusse, C. J., & Sterelny, K. (2019). Jonathan Birch, ‘The Philosophy of Social Evolution’ // Reviewed by Brusse & Sterelny. BJPS Review of Books. Retrieved from
Brusse, C. (2019). Cognitive Gadgets: The Cultural Evolution of Thinking by Cecilia Heyes. The Quarterly Review of Biology, 94(2), 231–231. Download


Brusse, C. J., & Sterelny, K. (2018). Moral externalisation fails to scale. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 41. Download
Brusse, C. (2018). Evolving Brains, Emerging Gods: Early Humans and the Origins of Religion by E. Fuller Torrey. The Quarterly Review of Biology, 93(3), 251–252. Download


Brusse, C. (2017). Making do without selection—review essay of “Cultural Evolution: Conceptual Challenges” by Tim Lewens. Biology & Philosophy, 32(2), 307–319. Download
Bruner, J. P., Brusse, C., & Kalkman, D. (2017). Cost, expenditure and vulnerability. Biology & Philosophy, 32(3), 357–375. Download
Brusse, C., & Bruner, J. (2017). Responsiveness and Robustness in the David Lewis Signaling Game. Philosophy of Science, 84(5), 1068–1079. Download


Brusse, C. (2016). Planets, pluralism, and conceptual lineage. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 53, 93–106. Download