Robert N. Brandon

Robert N. Brandon

Professor of Philosophy

Contact Information
201K West Duke Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Duke Box 90743, Durham, NC 27708-0743
Phone: 
(919) 660-3067

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.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Harvard University 1979

  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1974

Brandon, R. N. “Discussion: Reply to Hitchcock.” Biology and Philosophy 12, no. 4 (January 1, 1997): 531–38. https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1006576129655. Full Text

Brandon, R. N., and M. D. Rausher. “Testing adaptationism: A comment on Orzack and Sober.” American Naturalist 148, no. 1 (January 1, 1996): 189–201. https://doi.org/10.1086/285918. Full Text

Brandon, R. N. “Theory and experiment in evolutionary biology.” Synthese 99, no. 1 (April 1, 1994): 59–73. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01064530. Full Text

Mishler, B. D., and R. N. Brandon. “Sex and the individuality of species: A response to Ghiselin.” Biology and Philosophy 4, no. 1 (January 1, 1989): 77–79. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00144042. Full Text

Mishler, B. D., and R. N. Brandon. “Individuality, pluralism, and the phylogenetic species concept.” Biology and Philosophy 2, no. 4 (October 1, 1987): 397–414. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00127698. Full Text

Brandon, R. N., and N. Hornstein. “From icons to symbols: Some speculations on the origins of language.” Biology and Philosophy 1, no. 2 (June 1, 1986): 169–89. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00142900. Full Text

Brandon, R. N. “Biological teleology: Questions and explanations.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 12, no. 2 (January 1, 1981): 91–105. https://doi.org/10.1016/0039-3681(81)90015-7. Full Text

Brandon, R. N. “Adaptation and evolutionary theory.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 9, no. 3 (January 1, 1978): 181–206. https://doi.org/10.1016/0039-3681(78)90005-5. Full Text

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