Ingo Brigandt, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Arts - Philosophy Dept
Associate Chair (Graduate), Faculty of Arts - Philosophy Dept

Contact

Professor, Faculty of Arts - Philosophy Dept
Email
brigandt@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-9030
Address
2-47 Assiniboia Hall
9137 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2E7

Associate Chair (Graduate), Faculty of Arts - Philosophy Dept
Email
brigandt@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-9030
Address
2-47 Assiniboia Hall
9137 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2E7

Overview

About

My research in philosophy of biology and related domains attempts to understand scientific practice and concept use from a methodological, epistemological, and semantic point of view. This includes investigating the change and diversity of scientific practices, as well as critically scrutinizing the intersection of science and society based on environmental and social values.

I am particularly interested in evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo), molecular biology, systems biology, and (most recently) neuropsychiatry.


Teaching

Upcoming course:

Fall 2020 (Tuesday Thursday 12:30–1:50pm)

PHIL 405 (Topics in Philosophy of Mind) / PHIL 505 (Philosophy of Mind) – Intuitions, Conceptual Engineering, and Experimental Philosophy

This seminar is on metaphilosophy, where in addition to looking at conflicting philosophical methods we will also encounter different visions of the primary aims of philosophy. One philosophical method is to rely on intuitions. In the specific context of conceptual analysis and the 'method of cases,' we will scrutinize accounts of concepts that promise to support philosophy as armchair practice using intuitions. In contrast, experimental philosophy uses psychology-style methods. Apart from experimental philosophy results that challenge the reliance on intuitions, we also discuss what positive role experimental philosophical may have. Whereas traditional conceptual analysis aims at articulating the concepts we happen to possess, the rising philosophical approach of 'conceptual engineering' intends to put forward the most effective philosophical concepts, which may include discarding or modifying current concepts. The examples of conceptual engineering we will look at include the concepts of gender and race.

Courses

PHIL 405 - Topics in Philosophy of Mind

Prerequisite: At least *6 in PHIL, *3 of which must be at the 200-level, or consent of Department.

Fall Term 2020
PHIL 486 - Directed Reading I

Prerequisite: consent of Department.

Fall Term 2020
PHIL 505 - Philosophy of Mind

Fall Term 2020

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Publications

Historical and philosophical perspectives on the study of developmental bias
Author(s): Ingo Brigandt
Publication Date: 2020
Publication: Evolution & Development
Volume: 22
Page Numbers: 7–19
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ede.12302
Strategic conceptual engineering for epistemic and social aims
Author(s): Ingo Brigandt and Esther Rosario
Publication Date: 2020
Volume: Conceptual Engineering and Conceptual Ethics. A. Burgess, H. Cappelen, and D. Plunkett (eds), Oxford University Press
Page Numbers: 100–124
External Link: http://fdslive.oup.com/www.oup.com/academic/pdf/openaccess/9780198801856.pdf
Explanation of molecular processes without tracking mechanism operation
Author(s): Ingo Brigandt
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Philosophy of Science
Volume: 85
Page Numbers: 984–997
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/699761
Network analyses in systems biology: new strategies for dealing with biological complexity
Author(s): Sara Green, Maria Şerban, Raphael Scholl, Nicholaos Jones, Ingo Brigandt, and William Bechtel
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Synthese
Volume: 195
Page Numbers: 1751–1777
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11229-016-1307-6
Why the difference between explanation and argument matters to science education
Author(s): Ingo Brigandt
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Science & Education
Volume: 25
Page Numbers: 251–275
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11191-016-9826-6
Social values influence the adequacy conditions of scientific theories: beyond inductive risk
Author(s): Ingo Brigandt
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Canadian Journal of Philosophy
Volume: 45
Page Numbers: 326–356
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00455091.2015.1079004
Intelligent design and the nature of science: philosophical and pedagogical points
Author(s): Ingo Brigandt
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: The Philosophy of Biology: A Companion for Educators. K. Kampourakis (ed), Springer
Page Numbers: 205–238
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6537-5_11
Systems biology and the integration of mechanistic explanation and mathematical explanation
Author(s): Ingo Brigandt
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Volume: 44
Page Numbers: 477–492
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsc.2013.06.002
Conceptualizing evolutionary novelty: moving beyond definitional debates
Author(s): Ingo Brigandt, Alan C. Love
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution
Volume: 318
Page Numbers: 417–427
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jez.b.22461
The epistemic goal of a concept: accounting for the rationality of semantic change and variation
Author(s): Ingo Brigandt
Publication Date: 2010
Publication: Synthese
Volume: 177
Page Numbers: 19–40
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11229-009-9623-8
Beyond reduction and pluralism: toward an epistemology of explanatory integration in biology
Author(s): Ingo Brigandt
Publication Date: 2010
Publication: Erkenntnis
Volume: 73
Page Numbers: 295–311
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10670-010-9233-3