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Massimo Pigliucci
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. University of Connecticut (Biology); Ph.D. University of Tennessee (Philosophy)

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of Biology
  • Relationship between Science and Religion
  • Philosophy of Pseudoscience

Courses Recently Taught

  • Hume's Philosophy of Science, Then and Now (Spring 2014)
  • Philosophy of Science or Science Studies? (Fall 2012)
  • Science vs. Pseudoscience (Fall 2010)

Representative Publications

Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk, University of Chicago Press, 2010.

Evolution – the Extended Synthesis. Co-Edited with Gerd Muller, MIT Press, 2010.

Making Sense of Evolution: The Conceptual Foundations of Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago Press, 2006.

Denying Evolution: Creation, Scientism, and the Nature of Science, Sinauer, 2002.

Phenotypic Plasticity: Beyond Nature and Nurture, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001.

"Genotype–phenotype mapping and the end of the ‘genes as blueprint’ metaphor." Phil. Trans. Royal Soc. B (2010) 365: 557–566.

"Samir Okasha: Evolution and the levels of selection." Biology and Philosophy (2009) 24:551–560.

"An Extended Synthesis for Evolutionary Biology." Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci. (2009) 1168: 218–228.

"What, if Anything, Is an Evolutionary Novelty?" Philosophy of Science (2008) 75:887–898.

"The Proper Role of Population Genetics in Modern Evolutionary Theory." Biological Theory (2008) 3:316–324.

"The Borderlands Between Science and Philosophy: An Introduction." Quarterly Review of Biology (2008) 83:7-15.

"Sewall Wright’s adaptive landscapes: 1932 vs. 1988." Biology and Philosophy (2008) 23:591–603.

"Is evolvability evolvable?" Nature Genetics (2008) 9:75-82.