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Life of the Cell: Philosophy and History of Cell Research

Workshop   23.04.2009





Organised by

ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society (Egenis)

Funded by the British Academy and EgenisBritish Academy logo


University of Exeter,Egenis,Byrne House,St Germans Road,Exeter, EX4 4PJ

Room no: GF7, Byrne House

Event details

About the workshop

On April 23rd and 24th, 2009, at Egenis, University of Exeter, UK, a number of issues related to cells and cell biology will be investigated from historical, philosophical and scientific perspectives. Topics include:

  • The cell as the epistemic and ontological unit of life
  • The evolution of cells and modes of cellular organization
  • Multicellular and symbiotic cell collectives in relation to cellular autonomy
  • Connections between cell biology and contemporary systems biology
  • Plant, fungi and insect cells that pose questions for standard cell theory

Details of speakers Keynote

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  • Fission yeast William Bechtel (Philosophy, University of California, San Diego)The Cell: Locus or object of inquiry?
  • Thomas Cavalier-Smith (Zoology, University of Oxford) The evolution of cells: Real history is messy and non-Platonic
  • Ohad Parnes (Zentrum für Literaturforschung, Berlin)Agents as cells: Conceptual & historical perspectives
  • Andrew Reynolds (Philosophy and Religious Studies, Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia) The redoubtable cell

Speakers (Egenis, University of Exeter)


Life of the Cell Pre-Workshop Reading List (pdf)

Further details