Dr Ulrich Stegmann
I joined the department in 2009, after being a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cambridge and King’s College London, and a Teaching Associate at the University of Bristol. I received my MA and PhD (2006) from King’s College London. Before coming to the UK, I studied biology in Germany and the USA and obtained a PhD in zoology. In 2016, I was a Visiting Professor for the Philosophy of the Life Sciences at Utrecht University.
Head of Discipline for Philosophy
Philosophy of Science, especially the History and Philosophy of Biology
My research focuses on genetic causation, the nature of purportedly informational or representational phenomena, and the role of diagrams in mechanistic modelling. Much of my work addresses these issues in the context of molecular biology and animal behaviour studies. The overall goal of my work is a better understanding of biology as it is actually practiced, its fundamental concepts, its ontological commitments, its tools and methods. Some of my work employs historical research to address the philosophical issues at stake.
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A willow drawing from 1786: the earliest depiction of intraspecific trait variation in plants?Annals of Botany, vol. 127, no. 4, pp. 411-412Contributions to Journals: Articles
Medical toolkit organisms and Covid-19History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, vol. 43, 14Contributions to Journals: Articles
Physical models and embodied cognitionSynthese, vol. 197, no. 10, pp. 4387-4405Contributions to Journals: Articles
Scientific modelling with diagramsSyntheseContributions to Journals: Articles
Evolution and information: an overviewRoutledge Handbook of Evolution and Philosophy. Joyce, R. (ed.). Routledge, pp. 79-90, 12 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
The Content of Animal SignalsThe Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Animal Minds. Andrews, K., Beck, J. (eds.). Routledge, pp. 324-332, 9 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
‘Genetic Coding’ Reconsidered: An Analysis of Actual UsageBritish Journal for the Philosophy of Science, vol. 67, no. 3, pp. 707-730Contributions to Journals: Articles
The Philosophy of Communication and InformationThe Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Information. Floridi, L. (ed.). Routledge, pp. 304-317, 15 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Prospects for probabilistic theories of natural informationErkenntnis, vol. 80, no. 4, pp. 869-893Contributions to Journals: Articles
Causal control and genetic causationNoûs, vol. 48, no. 3, pp. 450-465Contributions to Journals: Articles