Science - February 11, 2016

Philosophy of biology

Roelof Kleis

What is life exactly? This is one of the questions to be explored by a working group on the philosophy of biology, set up by Gerard Jagers op Akkerhuis at Alterra, among others.

Jagers op Akkerhuis says concepts such as life, species, genes and populations are repeatedly the subject of debate. Together with two colleagues from Nijmegen and Hanover, he aims to breathe new life into the philosophy of biology. The working group will kick off with a symposium at Nijmegen’s Radboud University on 11 February, on the role of ‘(non-)axiomatic approaches in evolution and biology’.