PHIL 363

Philosophy of Biology

Please note: this is archived course information from 2022 for PHIL 363.


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 363.

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Availability 2022

Semester 1


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 363: 15 points


30 points at Stage II in Philosophy or 30 points from PHIL 260, SCIGEN 201


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