Center for Evolution and Medicine Seminar — Paul Griffiths
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Nov 16 2017 - 12:00pm
Life Sciences C Wing, room 202, Tempe campus
The Center for Evolution and Medicine Seminar Series features Paul Griffiths, a professorial research fellow and associate academic director for arts and social sciences at the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney.
"Holding Pathology Hostage."
In The Biological Foundations of Bioethics (2015) Tim Lewens states that which phenotypes are regarded as pathological should not be “hostage to evolutionary enquiry”. In this talk, Griffiths will disagree, and discuss some ways in which recent advances in biology ought to change ideas about health and disease. Amongst other things, he suggest that the health of an organism and the quality of its environment are entwined conceptually, as well as causally.