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UC Davis Department of Philosophy

James Griesemer

Philosophy Department

1240 Social Sciences and Humanities
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

Phone: (530) 752-0607

Fax: (530) 752-8964

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Office: 2297 Social Sciences and Humanities Building

Phone: (530) 554-4396


Ph.D.: University of Chicago, 1983

Dissertation: "Communication and Scientific Change: An Analysis of Conceptual Maps in the Macroevolution Controversy," directed by William Wimsatt

Areas of Specialization: Philosophy of biology, history and philosophy of science

Joined the UC Davis Philosophy Faculty: 1983

2011-2012 Course Schedule

Not Teaching

31 Appraising Scientific Reasoning

189I Topics in Philosophy of Science
208 Philosophy of Biology Seminar

Other Courses

38 Introduction to Philosophy of Biology
108 Philosophy of the Biological Sciences
210 Philosophy of Science Seminar
Science and Technology Studies 131 Darwin

Recent Publications

"Gánti's Chemoton Model and Life Criteria," Chapter 22 in Protocells: Bridging Nonliving and Living Matter, Steen Rasmussen, Liaohai Chen, Norman Packard, Mark Bedau, Liaohai Chen, David Deamer, David Krakauer, Norman Packard, and Peter Stadler (Eds.), MIT Press (2009), 481-512 (with Eörs Szathmáry).

“There and Back Again, or the Problem of Locality in Biodiversity Surveys,” with Ayelet Shavit, Philosophy of Science, Vol. 76, No. 3, pp. 273-294, July 2009

Currently Supervising Dissertations

Vadim Keyser