Below is a list of publications (for the past 5 years) authored by Theory and Method in Biosciences staff and students (current at the time of publication). Not all listed publications relate to research conducted within the team. Publications by former members are also included where the research was conducted wholly or largely within the team.


Bourrat, P. (in press). In what sense can there be evolution by natural selection without perfect inheritance? International Studies in the Philosophy of Science.
Bourrat, P. (in press). Natural Selection and the Reference Grain Problem. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A. Download
Bourrat, P. (in press). Evolutionary transitions in heritability and individuality. Theory in Biosciences. Download
Machery, E., Griffiths, P. E., Linquist, S., & Stotz, K. (In Press). Scientists’ Concepts of Innateness: Evolution or Attraction? In R. Samuels & D. Wilkenfeld, Advances in Experimental Philosophy. Bloomsbury. Download


Brusse, C. (2019). Cognitive Gadgets: The Cultural Evolution of Thinking by Cecilia Heyes. The Quarterly Review of Biology, 94(2), 231–231. Download
Bourrat, P. (2019). Adaptations: Product of evolution. In T. K. Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science (pp. 1–4). Cham: Springer International Publishing. Download
Bourrat, P. (2019). Genetic relatedness. In T. K. Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science (pp. 1–4). Cham: Springer International Publishing. Download
Ronai, I., & Griffiths, P. E. (2019). The Case for Basic Biological Research. Trends in Molecular Medicine. Download
Bourrat, P. (2019). On Calcott’s permissive and instructive cause distinction. Biology & Philosophy, 34(1), 1. Download
Bourrat, P. (2019). Variation of information as a measure of one-to-one causal specificity. European Journal for Philosophy of Science, 9(1), 11. Download


Bourrat, P. (2018). Have causal claims about the gut microbiome been over-hyped? BioEssays, 40(12), 1800178. Download
Bourrat, P. (2018). Natural selection and drift as individual-level causes of evolution. Acta Biotheoretica. Download
Bourrat, P., & Griffiths, P. E. (2018). Multispecies individuals. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 40(2).
Lu, Q., & Bourrat, P. (2018). The evolutionary gene and the extended evolutionary synthesis. The British Journal For The Philosophy Of Science, 69(3), 775–800. Download
Wilkins, J. S., & Bourrat, P. (2018). Replication and reproduction. In E. N. Zalta (Ed.), The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2018). Metaphysics Research Lab, Stanford University. Retrieved from
Constant Axel, Ramstead Maxwell J. D., Veissière Samuel P. L., Campbell John O., & Friston Karl J. (2018). A variational approach to niche construction. Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 15(141), 20170685. Download
Constant, A., Bervoets, J., Hens, K., & Van de Cruys, S. (2018). Precise Worlds for Certain Minds: An Ecological Perspective on the Relational Self in Autism. Topoi. 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
Donovan, C., Fine, C., & Kennett, J. (2018). Reliable and Unreliable Judgments about Reasons. In D. Star (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Reasons and Normativity (pp. 939–963). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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
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
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 & New York: 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 & New York: Oxford University Press. Download
Calcott, B., Griffiths, P. E., & Pocheville, A. (2018). Signals that make a Difference. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. Download


Bourrat, P. (2017). Review of Biological Individuality: Integrating Scientific, Philosophical, and Historical Perspectives by Scott Lidgard and Lynn K. Nyhart. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. Retrieved from
Bourrat, P. (2017). Explaining drift from a deterministic setting. Biological Theory, 12(1), 27–38.
Lynch, K. E., & Bourrat, P. (2017). Interpreting heritability causally. Philosophy of Science, 84(1).
Bourrat, P. (2017). Review of Biological Individuality: Integrating Scientific, Philosophical, and Historical Perspectives. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. Retrieved from
Bourrat, P. (2017). Review of Evolution by Natural Selection: Confidence, Evidence and the Gap, by Michaelis Michael. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 95(4), 816–819.
Stotz, K., & Griffiths, P. E. (2017). Genetic, epigenetic and exogenetic information. In R. Joyce, Routledge Handbook of Evolution and Philosophy. London & New York: Routledge. Download
Stotz, K. (2017). Why developmental niche construction is not selective niche construction: and why it matters. Interface Focus, 7(5), 2–10. Download
Bourrat, P., & Lu, Q. (2017). Dissolving the missing heritability problem. Philosophy of Science, 84(5), 1055–1067.
Griffiths, P. E. (2017). Communicating genomic complexity. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, 150(463/464), 93–103. Retrieved from;dn=075903482941369;res=IELHSS Download
Calcott, B. (2017). Causal Specificity and the Instructive-Permissive Distinction. Biology and Philosophy, 32(4), 481–505. Retrieved from Download
Lynch, K. E. (2017). Heritability and causal reasoning. Biology & Philosophy, 32(1), 25–49. Download
Bourrat, P., Lu, Q., & Jablonka, E. (2017). Why the missing heritability might not be in the DNA. BioEssays, 39(7), n/a-n/a. Download
Fang, W. (2017). Holistic modeling: an objection to Weisberg’s weighted feature-matching account. Synthese, 194(5), 1743–1764. 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 and New York: Cambridge University  Press. Download
Pocheville, A., & Danchin, É. (2017). Genetic assimilation and the paradox of blind variation. In D. M. Walsh & P. Huneman (Eds.), Challenging the Modern Synthesis. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from
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). London: College Publications. Retrieved from
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
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
Griffiths, P. E. (2017). Genetic, epigenetic and exogenetic information in development and evolution. Interface Focus, 7(5). Download
Bourrat, P. (2017). Review of Michaelis Michael “Evolution by Natural Selection.” Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 95(4).
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


Bourrat, P. (2016). Generalizing contextual analysis. Acta Biotheoretica, 64(2), 197–217. Download
Bourrat, P., & Viciana, H. (2016). Supernatural beliefs and the evolution of cooperation. In J. Liddle & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of the Evolutionary Perspectives on Religion.
Stotz, K., & Griffiths, P. (2016). A niche for the genome. Biology & Philosophy, 31(1), 143–157.
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. Download
Lanfear, R., Frandsen, P. B., Wright, A. M., Senfeld, T., & Calcott, B. (2016). PartitionFinder 2: New Methods for Selecting Partitioned Models of Evolution for Molecular and Morphological Phylogenetic Analyses. Molecular Biology and Evolution, msw260. Download
Pocheville, A., Calcott, B., Stotz, K., & Griffiths, P. E. (2016, November). New tools for thinking about causation. Poster presented at the PSA Biennal Meeting, Atlanta.
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
Stotz, K., & Griffiths, P. E. (2016). Epigenetics: ambiguities and implications. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 38(4), 1–22.


Bourrat, P. (2015). Distinguishing natural selection from other evolutionary processes in the evolution of altruism. Biological Theory. Download
Bourrat, P. (2015). How to read‘ heritability’ in the recipe approach to natural selection. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 66(4), 883–903. Download
Bourrat, P. (2015). Levels of selection are artefacts of different fitness temporal measures. Ratio, 28(1), 40–50. Download
Bourrat, P. (2015). Levels, time and fitness in evolutionary transitions in individuality. Philosophy & Theory in Biology, 7.
Bourrat, P. (2015). Origins and evolution of religion from a Darwinian point of view: synthesis of different theories. In T. Heams, P. Huneman, G. Lecointre, & M. Silberstein (Eds.), Handbook of Evolutionary Thinking in the Sciences (pp. 761–780). Springer Netherlands. Retrieved from
Magnusson, R. S., & Griffiths, P. E. (2015). Who’s afraid of the nanny state? Introduction to a symposium. Public Health, 129(8), 1017–1020. Download
Griffiths, P. E., Pocheville, A., Calcott, B., Stotz, K., Kim, Hyunju, & Knight, R. (2015). Measuring Causal Specificity. Philosophy of Science, 82(4), 529–555. Download
Ronai, I., Oldroyd, B. P., Barton, D. A., Cabanes, G., Lim, J., & Vergoz, V. (2015). Anarchy Is a Molecular Signature of Worker Sterility in the Honey Bee. Molecular Biology and Evolution, msv202. Download
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. Download
Griffiths, P. E., & Magnusson, R. S. (2015, October 13). Good laws create freedom, not a nanny state. Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved from
Frandsen, P. B., Calcott, B., Mayer, C., & Lanfear, R. (2015). Automatic selection of partitioning schemes for phylogenetic analyses using iterative k-means clustering of site rates. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 15(1), 13.
Calcott, B., Levy, A., Siegal, M. L., Soyer, O. S., & Wagner, A. (2015). Engineering and biology: counsel for a continued relationship. Biological Theory, 10(1), 50–59.
Ronai, I., Barton, D. A., Oldroyd, B. P., & Vergoz, V. (2015). Regulation of oogenesis in honey bee workers via programed cell death. Journal of Insect Physiology, 81, 36–41. Download
Pocheville, A. (2015). The Ecological Niche: History and Recent Controversies. In Handbook of Evolutionary Thinking in the Sciences (pp. 547–586). Springer. Retrieved from
Pocheville, A., & Danchin, E. (2015). Physiology and evolution at the crossroads of plasticity and inheritance. J Physiol, 593, 2243–2243.
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.
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., & Hochman, A. (2015). Developmental Systems Theory. In John Wiley & Sons Ltd (Ed.), eLS (pp. 1–7). Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Retrieved from Download
Griffiths, P. E., & West, C. (2015). A balanced intervention ladder: promoting autonomy through public health action. Public Health, 129(8), 1092–1098. Download