Category: PradeuNews

Protective Microbiota & Co-Immunity, New OA paper by Chiu, Bazin, et al.

New paper by Lynn Chiu, Thomas Bazin (co-first authors), Marie-Elise Truchetet, Thierry Schaeverbeke, Laurence Delhaes &  Thomas Pradeu Frontiers in Immunology (Dec 2017). Full text in Open Access. Abstract: Resident microbiota do not just shape host immunity, they can also contribute to host protection against pathogens and infectious diseases. Previous reviews of the protective roles… Read more »

What is metaphysics of science? New paper in Synthese by Guay & Pradeu

Right out of the box: how to situate metaphysics of science in relation to other metaphysical approaches Alexandre Guay & Thomas Pradeu Abstract Several advocates of the lively field of “metaphysics of science” have recently argued that a naturalistic metaphysics should be based solely on current science, and that it should replace more traditional, intuition-based,… Read more »

New open access paper on dysbiosis, by Hooks & O’Malley

Hooks K. & O’Malley M. (2017) Dysbiosis and Its Discontents. mBio 8:e01492-17. (Open Access).   Abstract Dysbiosis is a key term in human microbiome research, especially when microbiome patterns are associated with disease states. Although some questions have been raised about how this term is applied, its use continues undiminished in the literature. We investigate… Read more »

Professorship in Philosophy of the Medical Sciences

The University of Bordeaux (France) hires a Full Professor in Philosophy of the Medical Sciences. The University of Bordeaux offers a thriving environment for research. It is expected that the recruited Professor will work in Thomas Pradeu’s group, specialized in Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Medicine, and Theoretical Biology and Medicine, within ImmunoConcept, a biomedical… Read more »

Lynn Chiu wins the 2017 Werner Callebaut Prize

Lynn Chiu has been awarded the 2017 Werner Callebaut Prize for her essay (co-authored with biologist Scott Gilbert), ‘The Birth of the Holobiont: Multi-species Birthing Through Mutual Scaffolding and Niche Construction’ (Chiu & Gilbert (2015) Biosemiotics, 8: 191-210). The Werner Callebaut Prize is awarded by the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology and… Read more »

Thomas Pradeu wins the 2015 Lakatos Award

The London School of Economics and Political Science is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 and 2016 Lakatos Awards (both attributed in June 2017). The 2015 award goes to Thomas Pradeu of CNRS and the University of Bordeaux for his book The Limits of the Self: Immunology and Biological Identity (Oxford University Press,… Read more »

Is defining life pointless? New paper by Leonardo Bich & Sara Green

New paper in Synthese Is defining life pointless? Operational definitions at the frontiers of biology http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11229-017-1397-9 First Online: 18 April 2017 Abstract Despite numerous and increasing attempts to define what life is,there is no consensus on necessary and sufficient conditions for life. Accordingly, some schol- ars have questioned the value of definitions of life and… Read more »

What is philosophy of biology about? New paper in Biology&Philosophy

“Thirty years of Biology & Philosophy: philosophy of which biology?” By Thomas Pradeu, Biology & Philosophy, March 2017 Journal access Final draft   Abstract Which domains of biology do philosophers of biology primarily study? The fact that philosophy of biology has been dominated by an interest for evolutionary biology is widely admitted, but it has… Read more »

PhD position immune system and the organism

 PhD position in Philosophy of Biology and/or Philosophy of Medicine and/or Conceptual/theoretical Biology   Thomas Pradeu’s ERC Starting Grant Project Topic: “The role of the immune system in the maintenance and construction of the organism”   The University of Bordeaux and the CNRS seek candidates for a three-year PhD position in Philosophy of Biology and/or… Read more »

Postdoc immune system and the organism

 Postdoctoral position in Philosophy of Biology and/or Philosophy of Medicine and/or Conceptual/theoretical Biology   Thomas Pradeu’s ERC Starting Grant Project Topic: “The role of the immune system in the maintenance and construction of the organism”   The University of Bordeaux and the CNRS seek candidates for a two-year postdoctoral position in Philosophy of Biology and/or… Read more »