Peter Godfrey-Smith appointed to the Graduate Center

Peter Godfrey-Smith

Professor, Ph.D. Program in Philosophy

A preeminent scholar of the philosophy of biology and the philosophy of mind, Peter Godfrey-Smith comes to the Graduate Center from Harvard University, where he served on the faculty from 2006 to 2011. His work extends to pragmatism (especially concerning John Dewey), the general philosophy of science, and areas of metaphysics and epistemology. He is the author of three books, Complexity and the Function of Mind in Nature (Cambridge University Press, 1996); Theory and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science (Chicago University Press, 2003); and Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection (Oxford University Press, 2009), which won the 2010 Lakatos Award, the most prestigious prize in philosophy of science. Before Harvard, he taught at Stanford University and at the Research School for Social Sciences of the Australian National University. A native of Sydney, Australia, Godfrey-Smith received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California–San Diego. He has been an associate editor of the journal Biology and Philosophy and currently sits on the editorial board of Philosophy of Science. Peter Godfrey-Smith was appointed to the Graduate Center in the Fall of 2011.

Photo: Stephanie Mitchell

Submitted on: JUL 7, 2011

Category: New Appointments to the GC, Philosophy, Philosophy