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Biological Functions

From Zebra Stripes to Synapses

a book symposium with Justin Garson (City University of New York) Bielefeld University, January 31st and February 1st, 2020 organized by Fabian Hundertmark and Behzad Nematipour

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  • Joe Dewurst LMU Munich web
  • Fabian Hundertmark Bielefeld University web
  • Marie Kaiser Bielefeld University web
  • Ulrich Krohs University of Münster web
  • Behzad Nematipour University of Münster web
  • Peter Schulte University of Zurich web
  • students from Bielefeld
  • students from Münster
What the Colloquium Will be About    The topic of this colloquium is Justin Garson's latest book  What Biological Functions Are and Why They Matter (Cambridge University Press, 2019). Garson is one of the leading experts on biological functions. He published numerous articles on the topic of biological functions in prestigious journals and the book  A Critical Overview of Biological Functions (Springer, 2016).

Based on the structure of his book, the colloquium will be divided into two parts. While the first day is about Garson's generalized selected effects theory of biological functions and its alternatives, the second day will deal with the philosophical applications of this theory. These range from the philosophy of biology (mechanisms) to the philosophy of psychiatry (mental illness) to the philosophy of the mind (mental content).

Venue     The venue of the conference is building X, room A2-103 at Bielefeld University. (Maps of the campus)

Schedule and information     A preliminary schedule of the conference can be found here.

Registration    Attendance is free of charge. To register, please email Fabian Hundertmark (fhundertmark@uni-bielefeld.de) with the subject line “Registration: Garson Symposium”.