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Reading Group

What is this Reading group?

The reading group is the “live spot” of E&C. We meet once a week to discuss themes at the intersection of philosophy and biology, and also more broadly depending on interest. Every week a different participant chooses a bunch of articles (usually four to five,  and from  scientific journals). Everyone in the group can then vote his favourite article, so to decide what we are going to read before our next meeting.

When and where do we meet?

The group usually meets on Friday afternoon in the vicinities of Sapienza – University of Rome. Find the next meeting on Facebook  or recent activities on Academia.edu.

Want to participate?

Discussion is informal and there is no particular requirement. We welcome participants from very different backgrounds. To give you an idea, the current group comprises people who are studying or have been studying: palaeontology, philosophy, cognitive sciences, mathematics, … Please let us know your interests and if you would like to join the discussion.

Archive:

2014

Friday, 10th October, Dunbar: The Social Brain. Mind, Language, and Society in Evolutionary Perspective (2003), proposed by JAcopo D’Alonzo.

Friday, 3th October, Andy Clark: Language, embodiment, and the cognitive niche (2006), proposed by Jacopo D’Alonzo.

Friday, 28th March, Rolf A. Zwaan and Lawrence J. Taylor: Seeing, Acting, Understanding: Motor Resonance in Language Comprehension (2006), proposed by Dr. Massimiliano Napoli.

Friday, 21st March, Daniel D. Hutto: The Narrative Practice Hypothesis: clarifications and implications (2008), proposed by Dr. Massimiliano Napoli.

Friday, 7th March, James Woodward: Mechanistic Explanation: Its Scope and Limits (2013), proposed by Dr. Flavia Fabris.

Friday , 21st February, John Dupré: Mechanism and Causation in Biology (2013), proposed by Dr. Flavia Fabris.

Friday, 31st January, K. N. Laland, J. Odling-Smee, W. Hoppitt, T. Uller: More on How and Why Cause and Effect in Biology revisited (2012), proposed by Dr Laura Desirée di Paolo.

Friday, 24th January, K. N. Laland, K. Sterelny, J. Odling-Smee, W. Hoppitt, T. Uller._Cause and Effect in Biology Revisited: Is Mayr’s Proximate-Ultimate Dichotomy Still Useful? (2011), proposed by Dr Laura Desirée di Paolo.

2013

Friday, November 22nd, Kristin Andrews: Chimpanzee Theory of Mind: looking in all the wrong places? (2005), proposed by Giuliana Pulvirenti.

Friday, October 25th, Daniel Nettle et al.: Responses of chimpanzees to cues of conspecific observation (2013) proposed by David Ceccarelli.

Friday, 11th October , Derek Bickerton: Language Evoltion: A brief guide for linguisists (2005), proposed by Jacopo D’Alonzo.

Friday, May 31st, Fox Keller, Introduction to Part II and Chapter 4: “Genese, Gene Action and Genetic Programs” (2003), proposed by Ivan D’Annibale.

Friday, May 24th, Stéphane, Douady, Phyllotaxis, or How Plants do Maths When they Grow in “Morphogenesis” (Eds. Paul Bourgine, Annick Lesne), proposed by Ivan D’Annibale.

Friday, May 10th, Fusco & Minelli, Phenotypic Plasticity in Development and Evolution: Facts and Concepts (2010) proposed by Dr. Laura Desirée Di Paolo.

Friday, May 3rd: Scott F. Gilbert et al., A Symbiotic View of Life: We Have Never Been Individuals (2012), proposed by Dr. Flavia Fabris.

Tuesday, April 23rd: Fagundes et al., Adapting to environmental stresses: the role of microbiota in controlling innate immunity and behavioral responses (2012), proposed by Dr. Laura Desirée Di Paolo.

Friday, April 5th: Feng Ye, Naturalized truth and Plantinga’s evolutionary argument against naturalism (2011), proposed by Dr. Fabio Sterpetti.

Friday, March 29th: Alvin PlatingaContent and Natural Selection (2011), proposed by Dr. Fabio Sterpetti.

Friday, March 12th: Laland et al.Ecological Inheritance and Cultural Inheritance: What Are They and How Do They Differ?, proposed by Dr. Fabio Di Vincenzo.

Friday, March 1st: Laland et al., Ecological Inheritance and Cultural Inheritance: What Are They and How Do They Differ? (2012), proposed by Dr. Fabio Di Vincenzo.

Friday, February 8th: Matthen, Ariew, Selection and Causation (2009), proposed by Dr. Andrea Raimondi.

Thursday, January 31st: Damien R. Farine, Colin J. Garroway, Ben C. Sheldon, Structure and evolution of interspecific social behavior, proposed by Giuliana Pulvirenti.

Friday, January 25th: Erin A. Heerey, Dacher Keltner, and Lisa M. Capps, Making Sense of Self-Conscious Emotion: Linking Theory of Mind and Emotion in Children With Autism, proposed by Valeria Di Giovannandrea.

Friday, January 18th: Perlovsky, Language and Cognition Interaction Neural Mechanisms (2011), proposed by  Jacopo D’Alonzo.

Friday, January 11th: Marshall, Group selection and kin selection: formally equivalent approaches (2011), proposed by Ivan D’Annibale.

2012

Tuesday, December 18th : Catherine Driscoll, Can Behaviors Be Adaptations? (2004), proposed by Dr. Eleonora Severini.

Friday, December 7th: HeyesWhat’s Social About Social Learning? (2011), proposed by Dr. Laura Desirée Di Paolo.

Friday, November 26th: J. LennoxDarwin was a teleologist (1993), proposed by Dr.Federico Morganti.

Tuesday, June 26th: Mameli&BatesonAn evaluation of the concept of innateness (2011), proposed by Dr. Laura Desirée Di Paolo

Friday, June 15th: BoginEvolutionary Hypothesis for Human Childhood (1997), proposed by Jacopo D’Alonzo.

Friday, June 8th: Rizzolati et al.From mirror neurons to imitation: Facts and speculations (2002), proposed by Dr. Fabio Di Vincenzo.

Friday, May 25th: DeWaal & SachakProsocial primates: selfish and unselfish motivations (2010), proposed by Giuliana Pulvirenti.

Friday, May 18th: Stewart-WilliamsInnate ideas as a naturalistic source of metaphysical knowledge (2005), proposed by Dr. Eleonora Severini.

Friday, May 11th: Hauser et al.Numerical representations in primates (1996), proposed by Valeria Di Giovannandrea.

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