Robert N. Brandon
  • Robert N. Brandon

  • Professor of Philosophy
  • Philosophy
  • 209 West Duke Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
  • Campus Box 90743
  • Phone: (919) 660-3067
  • Fax: (919) 660-3060
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Overview

    Robert N. Brandon (Ph.D. 1979, Harvard) joined the Duke Faculty in fall of 1979. He holds a joint appointment in Philosophy and Biology . He has published articles in Philosophy of Science, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Biology and Philosophy, PSA 1980 and PSA 1982, some of which have subsequently been anthologized. He has co-edited (with Richard Burian) Genes, Organisms, Populations: Controversies over the Units of Selection (Bradford Books, MIT Press, 1984), and his book, Adaptation and Environment was published by Princeton University Press in 1990. His most recent book Concepts and Methods in Evolutionary Biology (Cambridge) was published in 1996. During the spring of 1984 he had a visiting appointment at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh. Brandon is a member of Duke's Center for the Philosophy of Biology.
  • Specialties

    • Philosophy of Biology
    • Logic
  • Areas of Interest

    Philosophy of Science, 
    Philosophy of Biology, 
    Logic
  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • Harvard University,
      • 1979
      • B.A.,
      • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
      • 1974
  • Recent Publications

      • RN Brandon and DW McShea.
      • "Four solutions for four puzzles."
      • Biology and Philosophy
      • .
      • Ed. K. Sterelny.
      • 27
      • .5
      • Springer,
      • (2012)
      • :
      • 737-744.
      • [web]
      Publication Description

      Barrett et al. (Biol Philos, 2012) present four puzzles for the ZFEL-view of evolution that we present in our 2010 book, Biology's First Law: The Tendency for Diversity and Complexity to Increase in Evolutionary Systems. Our intent in writing this book was to present a radically different way to think about evolution. To the extent that it really is radical, it will be easy to misunderstand. We think Barrett et al. have misunderstood several crucial points and so we welcome the opportunity to clarify. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

      • G Ramsey and R Brandon.
      • "Why reciprocal altruism is not a kind of group selection."
      • Biology & Philosophy
      • 26
      • .3
      • (2011)
      • :
      • 385-400.
      • [web]
      • R.N. Brandon.
      • "“Why Reciprocal Altruism is Not a Kind of Group Selection” (with Grant Ramsey) in Biology and Philosophy, (2011) Vol. 26, 3: 385-400.."
      • 2011.
      • R.N. Brandon.
      • "“The Concept of the Environment in Evolutionary Theory,” in The Environment: Topics in Contemporary Philosophy, vol. 9 (ed. By M. O’Rouke and M. Slater)."
      • MIT Press,
      • 2011.
      • R.N. Brandon.
      • "“A General Case for Functional Pluralism,” in Function: Selection and Mechanisms (ed. by P. Huneman)."
      • Springer,
      • 2011.
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  • PhD Students

    • Leonore Z. Fleming
    • David Crawford
      • Status: Graduated
    • Aryn Conrad
    • Carlos Mariscal
    • Grant Ramsey