Karola Stotz

Karola Stotz

Karola Stotz was a senior lecturer and Templeton World Charity Foundation Fellow in 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 worked on the Templeton World Charity Foundation project “Causal Foundations of Biological Information”.

Curriculum Vitae






Machery, E., Griffiths, P. E., Linquist, S., & Stotz, K. (2019). Scientists’ Concepts of Innateness: Evolution or Attraction? In D. A. Wilkenfeld & R. Samuels (Eds.), Advances in Experimental Philosophy of Science. Bloomsbury Academic. https://doi.org/10.5040/9781350068896 Download


Stotz, K., & Griffiths, P. E. (2018). A developmental systems account of human nature. In T. Lewens & E. Hannon, Why we disagree about human nature (pp. 58–75). Oxford University Press. Download
Griffiths, P. E., & Stotz, K. (2018). Developmental Systems Theory as a Process Theory. In D. J. Nicholson & J. Dupre, Everything Flows: Towards a Processual Philosophy of Biology (pp. 225–245). Oxford University Press. Download


Stotz, K., & Griffiths, P. E. (2017). Genetic, epigenetic and exogenetic information. In R. Joyce, Routledge Handbook of Evolution and Philosophy. Routledge. Download
Stotz, K. (2017). Why developmental niche construction is not selective niche construction: and why it matters. Interface Focus, 7(5), 2–10. https://doi.org/10/gd2zfq Download
Stotz, K., & Griffiths, P. E. (2017). Biological Information, causality and specificity – an intimate relationship. In S. I. Walker, P. Davies, & G. Ellis (Eds.), From Matter to Life: Information and Causality (pp. 366–390). Cambridge University  Press. Download
Pocheville, A., Griffiths, P. E., & Stotz, K. (2017). 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 (pp. 260–275). College Publications. https://arnaud.pocheville.science/publication/pocheville_comparing_2017/ Download


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. E. (2016). Epigenetics: ambiguities and implications. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 38(4), 1–22. https://doi.org/10/gd2zfw Download