September 25th at 5pm (Lisbon Time) – Hybrid Format
Chair: Daniel Guimarães de Oliveira
Title: "Why Biology and Medicine need Philosophy: The Immune System, the Microbiome, and Cancer"

Thomas Pradeu is a Senior Investigator in Philosophy of Science at CNRS & the University of Bordeaux, France, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University, California, USA. He is the founder and leader of the “Conceptual Biology and Medicine” team, and the coordinator of the “Philosophy in Biology and Medicine” international network (PhilInBioMed). From 2008 to 2014, he was an Associate Professor in Philosophy at Paris-Sorbonne University. Starting from 2014, he became an “embedded philosopher” in the Bordeaux immunology lab (“ImmunoConcept”). From 2015 to 2020, he was the PI of an ERC Starting Grant project on the microbiome and biological individuality. In 2020-21, he was a CASBS Fellow at Stanford University. His research, published equally in science and philosophy of science journals, deals with immunology, cancer biology, and the microbiome, and more generally with the conceptual and theoretical foundations of today’s biological and biomedical sciences.


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