Ingo Brigandt, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Arts - Philosophy Dept

Pronouns: he/him

Contact

Professor, Faculty of Arts - Philosophy Dept
Email
brigandt@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-3307
Address
2-47 Assiniboia Hall
9137 116 St NW
EdmontonAB
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

Winter 2023 (Tuesday Thursday 12:30–1:50pm)

PHIL 412 (Topics in Philosophy of Science) / PHIL 510 (Philosophy of Science) – Science and Values

Different kinds of values clearly have an impact on science, however, proponents of the traditional view that science is value-free have maintained a distinction between epistemic values and social-political values, where only the former are a proper part of science. One can likewise claim that science fulfills its social function best by scientists providing reliable knowledge without being guided by social or environmental considerations.

In this seminar on science and values, we will critically discuss different views on how values—including social and environmental values—can play a legitimate role in scientific practice (and without undermining scientific objectivity). The seminar will devote substantial space to feminist analyses of the biological and behavioural sciences, including the question as to whether the best response to sexist and empirically flawed views promoted by past and current science is to work towards an unbiased, value-free science or towards a science that self-consciously endorses such social values as equity. In the context of socially responsible science and socially engaged philosophy of science, we will address how scientists and philosophers can interact with stakeholders and their value perspectives.

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

How to philosophically tackle kinds without talking about ‘natural kinds’

Author(s): Ingo Brigandt
Publication Date: 2020
Publication: Canadian Journal of Philosophy
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/can.2020.29

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

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

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