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Peter Godfrey-Smith

Professor in the School of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Sydney

Peter Godfrey-Smith is a professor in the School of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Sydney.

His undergraduate degree is from the University of Sydney, and he holds a PhD in philosophy from UC San Diego. Godfrey-Smith taught at Stanford University between 1991 and 2003, and then combined a half-time post at the Australian National University and a visiting position at Harvard for a few years. Later, he took up a full-time position at Harvard and was Professor of Philosophy there from 2006 to 2011, before moving to the CUNY Graduate Center (2011 to 2017).

Godfrey-Smith’s main research interests are in the philosophy of biology and the philosophy of mind. He also works on pragmatism (especially John Dewey), general philosophy of science, and some parts of metaphysics and epistemology.

He has written six books, Complexity and the Function of Mind in NatureTheory and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science, Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection, which won the 2010 Lakatos Award, Philosophy of BiologyOther Minds: The Octopus, The Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness, and Metazoa: Animal Life and the Both of the Mind.

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