Karola Stotz is senior lecturer and a Templeton World Charity Foundation Fellow at the department of philosophy at Macquarie University.
She received her Masters in physical and cultural anthropology from the University of Mainz, Germany and her PhD in philosophy from the University of Ghent in Belgium. She has worked at the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research in Austria, the Unit for History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Sydney, the Department of HPS at the University of Pittsburgh and the Cognitive Science Program at Indiana University.
In 2008 she was awarded a 5-year Australian Research Fellowship and discovery grant at the University of Sydney with the project “Postgenomic Perspectives on Human Nature”. Stotz has published on philosophical issues in evolutionary, developmental and molecular biology, psychobiology and cognition. She focused particularly on the nature nurture controversy, non-genetic inheritance and developmental niche construction, nonreductive and integrative explanatory strategies, and 4 E (embodied, embedded, enactive and extended) cognition. Together with Paul Griffiths she pioneered the use of 'experimental philosophy' methods in the field of philosophy of science.
She is currently working in the Templeton World Charity Foundation project “Causal Foundations of Biological Information”.
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.
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
Stotz, K., & Griffiths, P. E. (2016). Epigenetics: ambiguities and implications. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
(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
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., 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
Stotz, K. (2014). Extended evolutionary psychology: the importance of transgenerational developmental plasticity. Frontiers in Psychology, 5. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00908
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.
Griffiths, P. E., & Stotz, K. (2013). Genetics and Philosophy: An introduction. New York: Cambridge University Press.