Paul Griffiths

Paul Griffiths

A philosopher of science with a focus on biology and psychology, Paul was educated at Cambridge and the Australian National University, receiving his PhD in 1989. He taught at Otago University in New Zealand and was later Director of the Unit for History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Sydney, before taking up a Chair in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He returned to Australia in 2004, first as an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow and from 2007 as Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sydney.

Paul heads the TM&B project node of the Charles Perkins Centre, a major new initiative at Sydney focused on interdisciplinary research into obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. He served as Associate Academic Director for Humanities and Social Sciences while the Centre was being established, and continues to serve on the Executive Committee as Domain Leader for Society and Environment. He is also acting in the role of Theme Leader for Politics, Governance and Ethics of Health, pending a new appointment to this position.

Paul is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He was President of the International Society for History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology from 2011-13. From 2006-12 he was a member of the Australian Health Ethics Committee of NHMRC. He spends part of each year at the University of Exeter in the Egenis: the Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences.

Curriculum Vitae

Publications

Forthcoming

Stotz, K., & Griffiths, P. E. (Under review). When is a biological cause a source of information? Biology and Philosophy.
Stotz, K., & Griffiths, P. E. (In Press). Biological Information, causality and specificity – an intimate relationship. In S. I. Walker, P. Davies, & G. Ellis, From Matter to Life: Information and Causality. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University  Press. Download
Stotz, K., & Griffiths, P. E. (In Press). Genetic, epigenetic and exogenetic information. In R. Joyce, Routledge Handbook of Evolution and Philosophy. London & New York: Routledge. Download
Griffiths, P. E., & Stotz, K. (In Press). Developmental Systems Theory as a Process Theory. In D. J. Nicholson & J. Dupre, Everything Flows: Towards a Processual Philosophy of Biology. Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press.
Griffiths, P. E., & Stotz, K. (In Press). How DST Became a Process Theory. In D. J. Nicholson & J. Dupre, Everything Flows: Towards a Processual Philosophy of Biology. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.
Calcott, B., Griffiths, P. E., & Pocheville, A. (In Press). Signals that make a Difference. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. Download
Pocheville, A., Griffiths, P. E., & Stotz, K. (In Press). Comparing causes – an information-theoretic approach to specificity, proportionality and stability. In H. Leitgeb, I. Niiniluoto, E. Sober, & Seppälä, Päivi (Eds.), Proceedings of the 15th Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science. London: College Publications. Download
Matthewson, J., & Griffiths, P. E. (In Press). Biological Criteria of Disease. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy.

2016

Griffiths, P. E., & Matthewson, J. (2016). Evolution, dysfunction and disease: a reappraisal. British Journal For The Philosophy of Science.
Stotz, K., & Griffiths, P. E. (2016). Epigenetics: ambiguities and implications. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 38(4). Retrieved from http://rdcu.be/mJjE
Stotz, K., & Griffiths, P. (2016). A niche for the genome. Biology & Philosophy, 31(1), 143 – 157. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10539-015-9507-x
Griffiths, P. E. (2016). Proximate and Ultimate Information in Biology. In M. Couch & J. Pfeifer (Eds.), The Philosophy of Philip Kitcher (pp. 74–91). New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2015

Stotz, K., & Griffiths, P. (2015). Dissecting Developmental Biology. Review of “Towards a Theory of Development.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsc.2015.08.002
Griffiths, P. E., & Hochman, A. (2015, October 15). Developmental Systems Theory. In John Wiley & Sons Ltd (Ed.), eLS (pp. 1–7). Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Retrieved from http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/9780470015902.a0003452.pub2
Griffiths, P. E., Pocheville, A., Calcott, B., Stotz, K., Kim, Hyunju, & Knight, R. (2015). Measuring Causal Specificity. Philosophy of Science, 82(4), 529–555. https://doi.org/10.1086/682914
Griffiths, P. E., & West, C. (2015). A balanced intervention ladder: promoting autonomy through public health action. Public Health, 129(8), 1092–1098. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2015.08.007
Magnusson, R. S., & Griffiths, P. E. (2015). Who’s afraid of the nanny state? Introduction to a symposium. Public Health, 129(8), 1017–1020. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2015.07.035
Griffiths, P. E. (2015). Conceptual change and conceptual diversity contribute to progress in science. In G. Bammer (Ed.), Change! Combining Analytic Approaches with Street Wisdom (pp. 163–176). Acton, ACT: Australian National University Press.
Griffiths, P. E., & Wilkins, J. S. (2015). Crossing the Milvian Bridge: When Do Evolutionary Explanations of Belief Debunk Belief? In P. Sloan, G. McKenny, & K. Eggelson (Eds.), Darwin in the 21st Century: Nature, Humanity, and God (pp. 201–231). Notre Dame, IN: Notre Dame University Press.

2014

Griffiths, P. E., & Stotz, K. (2014). Conceptual Barriers to Interdisciplinary Communication. In M. O’Rourke Crowley,Stephen, Eigenbrode, Sanford D. .. Wulfhorst, J. . (Ed.), Enhancing Communication & Collaboration in Interdisciplinary Research. Sage.

2013

Griffiths, P. E. (2013). What is Innateness? In S. M. Downes & E. Machery, Arguing About Human Nature: Contemporary Debates. Routledge.
Griffiths, P. E. (2013). Lehrman’s dictum: Information and explanation in developmental biology. Developmental Psychobiology, 55(1), 22–32.
Griffiths, P. E. (2013). Rand on concepts, definitions, and the advance of science: Comments on Gotthelf and Lennox. In A. Gotthelf & J. G. Lennox (Eds.), Concepts and their Role in Knowledge: Reflections on objectivist epistemology (pp. 139–147). Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press.
Griffiths, P. E. (2013). Current emotion research in philosophy. Emotion Review, 5(2), 1–8.
Griffiths, P. E., & Stotz, K. (2013). Genetics and Philosophy: An introduction. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Griffiths, P. E., & Tabery, J. G. (2013). Developmental Systems Theory: What Does it Explain, and How Does It Explain It? In R. M. Lerner & J. B. Benson (Eds.), Embodiment and Epigenesis: Theoretical and Methodological Issues in Understanding the Role of Biology within the Relational Developmental System Part A: Philosophical, Theoretical, and Biological Dimensions (Vol. 45, pp. 65–94). Elsevier.
Griffiths, P. E., & Walsh, E. (2013). Emotion and Expression. In International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Pergamon/Elsevier Science.
Walsh, E., & Griffiths, P. E. (2013). Emotion, Evolution of. In International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Pergamon/Elsevier Science.
Wilkins, J. S., & Griffiths, P. E. (2013). Evolutionary debunking arguments in three domains: Fact, value, and religion. In G. Dawes & J. Maclaurin (Eds.), A New Science of Religion (pp. 133–146). New York: Routledge.