Professor in the Departments of History, Philosophy, Psychology, and in the Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science
Director of the Fishbein Center for the History of Science and Medicine.
research in history and philosophy of psychology and biology. This includes
particular interest in evolutionary theory, biopsychology, ethology, and sociobiology. Concerning philosophic and metahistoric problems, I have argued for a
revaluation of evolutionary ethics and have explored the causal, temporal, and moral grammar of historiography. I have
written two books on the history and philosophy of evolutionary theory in
Britain and America (see bibliography). I have also have published a book that describes and analyzes the impact of the
German Romantic movement on philosophy and science in the age of Goethe. A recent book focuses on evolutionary theory in
Debating Darwin, written with Michael Ruse
The George Sarton Medal, in recognition of distinguished scholarship and contributions to the advancement of the History of Science, given by the History of Science Society, 2011
Distinguished Service Professor, 2011
The Laing Prize, University of Chicago Press, for The Tragic Sense of Life, 2011
Corresponding Member, Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen, 2010
Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, 2004-2005
Ryerson Memorial Lecturer, University of Chicago, 2005
The Morris Fishbein Chair in the History of Science and Medicine, 2004
The Laing Prize, The University of Chicago Press, for The Romantic Conception of Life, 2003.
The University of Chicago Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching, 1995
The Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 1982
Pfizer Prize of the History of Science Society, 1988, for Darwin and the Emergence
Award of the International BioPhilosophy Forum (Belgium) for Darwin and the Emergence, 1989.
Fidia Lecturer, Harvard University, 1989.
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