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Justin Garson
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center|Hunter College
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
Research Interests
  • Philosophy of biology
  • Philosophy of psychiatry
  • History of science
Courses Recently Taught 
  • Philosophy of Biology (Spring 2019)
Representative Publications
  • Garson, J. (Forthcoming) “Putting History Back into Mechanisms,” British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.
  • Garson, J. (2019) “There are no Ahistorical Theories of Function,” Philosophy of Science 86: 1146-1156.
  • Garson, J. (2019) What Biological Functions Are and Why They Matter. Cambridge: University of Cambridge Press.
  • Garson, J, and Papineau, D. (2019) “Teleosemantics, Selection and Novel Contents,” Biology and Philosophy 34:36.
  • Garson, J. (2017) “A Generalized Selected Effects Theory of Function,” Philosophy of Science 84: 523-543.
  • Garson, J. (2016) A Critical Overview of Biological Functions. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Garson, J. (2015) The Biological Mind: A Philosophical Introduction. London: Routledge.
  • Garson, J. (2015) “The Birth of Information in the Brain: Edgar Adrian and the Vacuum Tube,” Science in Context 28: 31-52.
  • Garson, J. (2013) “The Functional Sense of Mechanism,” Philosophy of Science 80: 317-333.
  • Garson, J. (2012) “Function, Selection, and Construction in the Brain,” Synthese 189: 451-481.