1. ESRC Genomics Network (archive)
  2. Gengage
  3. The Human Genre Project

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Dr. Jonathan Davies

Research Student - completed


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My first degree is in Philosophy with Politics at Liverpool John Moores University (1st Class Honours) and I did a Masters in Philosophy at Liverpool University (Distinction). My Masters dissertation concerned the interplay of ideology and metaphysics involved in disputes between V.I. Lenin and other Bolsheviks in the early years of the Soviet Union. I was an AHRC funded PhD student under the supervision of Prof. John Dupre and Dr. Maureen O’Malley. My current research is concerned with the ontology and epistemology of genomics and post-genomic biology. I am completing a thesis on localised and distributed causal explanations in classical and molecular genetics, genomics and systems biology.

I successfully defended my PhD in 2008, and went on to a research position at the religious study group of the Bruno Kessler Foundation at the University of Trento (Italy).Interests include: Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics, Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Marxism. Teaching: I have delivered an undergraduate course in the philosophy of cognitive science and tutored in the following undergraduate courses: Social Philosophy (Classical and Contemporary), Knowledge and Reality, Evidence and Argument.


Article O’Malley, Powell, Davies and Calvert. (2008) “Knowledge-making distinctions in synthetic biology” BioEssays vol.30, No.1 pp57-65.Book Review Davies and O’Malley (2008) “Towards a Philosophy of Systems Biology.” A review of Boogerd, Bruggeman, Hofmeyr and Westerhoff (eds) “Systems Biology: Philosophical Foundations” Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2007. Published in Biological Theory 2(4) 2007Presentations“Localised and Distributed Causal Explanations in Systems Biology” Presented at ISHPSSB 2007, June 25th-29th.