Department of History and Philosophy of Science

Teaching Officers

Tim Lewens

Tim Lewens

Professor of Philosophy of Science
On leave in 2013–14

Research interests: Philosophy of biology, philosophy of science, philosophical bioethics

Tim is the Principal Investigator for the ERC-funded project A Science of Human Nature? (2011–2016). He is a Council Member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, and served on the working parties for two Nuffield Council reports: Novel Techniques for the Prevention of Mitochondrial DNA Disorders: An Ethical Review (June 2012), and Human Bodies: Donation for Medicine and Research (October 2011).

Selected publications

  • Biological Foundations of Bioethics, Oxford University Press (forthcoming)
  • Risk: Philosophical Perspectives, Routledge (2007)
  • Darwin, Routledge (2007)
  • Organisms and Artifacts: Design in Nature and Elsewhere, Bradford Books, Life and Mind Series. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press (2004)
  • 'From Bricolage to Biobricks™: Synthetic Biology and Rational Design' (2013) Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 44: 641–648
  • 'Human Nature: The Very Idea' (2012) Philosophy and Technology 25: 459–474
  • 'Species, Essence and Explanation' (2012) Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 43: 751–757
  • 'Pheneticism Reconsidered' (2012) Biology and Philosophy 27: 159–177

Full list of publications by Tim Lewens