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From the “Baldwin Effect” to Genes of Small Effect: Celebrating the Work of David Depew
The National Human Genome Research Institute History of Genomics Program will host a one-day conference to explore and celebrate the work of David Depew.

David Depew, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at University of Iowa, was among the first philosophers and historians of genetics to also address some of the fundamental legacies of Aristotle in modern biology. Depew’s work addresses some of the foundational questions that have emerged out of the evolutionary synthesis, affirming that philosophy of biology without the history of biology cannot address fundamental questions about the natural world. Depew’s work underscores the political and social ramifications of biological knowledge, while also affirming that developments in philosophical vocabulary continually inform discussions of biology and evolution.

Internationally recognized scholars will draw from themes in Depew’s work across several areas of the history and philosophy of biology, including:
· the legacy of Aristotle’s science in the history of evolutionary theory
· the emergence of biology as an inquiry and its connections with early modern systems of thought
· the evolutionary synthesis (and its limits)
· the philosophical presuppositions of evolutionary theory
· the political and social ramifications of biological theory.

The History of Genomics Program collects, organizes and makes accessible historic materials related to the field of genomics and NHGRI. By bringing together historians and philosophers of biology, the conference will help to increase the understanding of genomics, its history and its philosophical and ethical implications in the scholarly community and among the wider public.

Individuals with disabilities who need Sign Language Interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Devona Perrineau, devona.perrineau@nih.gov, and/or the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Requests should be made 5 days in advance.

Jul 29, 2021 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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