Paul Griffiths

Paul Griffiths

Paul is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and Professor in the Department of Philosophy. A philosopher of science with a focus on biology and psychology, he 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 a Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Sydney.

Paul heads the TM&B project node of the Charles Perkins Centre, a major 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.

Paul is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and of the Royal Society of NSW. 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.

Curriculum Vitae





Griffiths, P. E. (2020, September 21). The existence of biological sex is no constraint on human diversity. Aeon Essays.
Griffiths, P. E., & Matthewson, J. (2020). Diseases are Not Adaptations and Neither are Their Causes. Biological Theory, 15(3), 136–142. Download


Ronai, I., & Griffiths, P. E. (2019). The Case for Basic Biological Research. Trends in Molecular Medicine, 25(2), 65–69. Download
Griffiths, P. (2019). Beyond Concepts: Unicepts, Language, and Natural Information. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 0(0), 1–4. Download
Machery, E., Griffiths, P. E., Linquist, S., & Stotz, K. (2019). Scientists’ Concepts of Innateness: Evolution or Attraction? In R. Samuels & D. Wilkenfeld, Advances in Experimental Philosophy (pp. 172–201). Bloomsbury Academic. Download


Gray, P., Meek, S., Griffiths, P., Trapani, J., Small, I., Vickers, C., & Waldby, C. (2018). Synthetic biology in Australia: an outlook to 2030. Australian Council of Learned Academies. Download
Bourrat, P., & Griffiths, P. E. (2018). Multispecies individuals. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 40(2). Download
Lynch, K. E., Morandini, J. S., Dar-Nimrod, I., & Griffiths, P. E. (2018). Causal Reasoning About Human Behavior Genetics: Synthesis and Future Directions. Behavior Genetics, 1–14. Download Download
Griffiths, P. E., & Matthewson, J. (2018). Evolution, Dysfunction, and Disease: A Reappraisal. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 69(2), 301–327. Download 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 Download
Calcott, B., Griffiths, P. E., & Pocheville, A. (2018). Signals that make a Difference. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. Download


Stotz, K., & Griffiths, P. E. (2017). Genetic, epigenetic and exogenetic information. In R. Joyce, Routledge Handbook of Evolution and Philosophy. Routledge. Download Download
Griffiths, P. E. (2017). Communicating genomic complexity. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, 150(463/464), 93–103.;dn=075903482941369;res=IELHSS Download 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 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. Download
Matthewson, J., & Griffiths, P. E. (2017). Biological Criteria of Disease: Four Ways of Going Wrong. The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy: A Forum for Bioethics and Philosophy of Medicine, 42(4), 447–466. Download Download
Griffiths, P. E. (2017). Genetic, epigenetic and exogenetic information in development and evolution. Interface Focus, 7(5). Download Download
Griffiths, P. E. (2017). Mechanisms can be complex: Talia Morag: Emotion, Imagination, and the Limits of Reason. Abingdon, Oxon & New York: Routledge, 2016, 288 pp, £88.00 HB. Metascience, 26(3), 387–391. Download