PHIL 263

Philosophy of Biology


Examines philosophical and conceptual issues in the life sciences. Topics may include the units and levels of selection, adaptationism, the evolution of altruism, biology and ethics, sociobiology and evolutionary psychology, cultural evolution, evolution versus creationism, and the origin and nature of life.

For full course information see the Digital Course Outline for PHIL 263.

Digital Course Outlines are refreshed in November for the following year. Digital Course Outlines for courses to be offered for the first time may be published slightly later.

Availability 2024

Not offered in 2024; planned for 2025


Lecturer(s) Dr Emily Parke


We will read a variety of papers and book chapters, by both philosophers of biology and biologists. All readings will be made available electronically.


Coursework only


PHIL 263: 15 points


30 points in Philosophy or 60 points


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