Grant Ramsey (NHC Fellow, 2015–16)

Project Title

Toward a Unified Foundation for Evolutionary Theory

University of Notre Dame

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Fellowship Work Summary, 2015–16

Grant Ramsey completed an edited volume with Charles Pence, Chance in Evolution which will be published by University of Chicago Press (October, 2016) and drafted two chapters of a monograph, Toward a Unified Foundation for Evolutionary Theory. He also completed six articles, five of which have been published. They include: “Can altruism be unified?” Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences; “Guilt by association?” (with Michael J. Deem) Philosophical Psychology; “The causal structure of evolutionary theory” Australasian Journal of Philosophy; “The evolution of guilt: Individual selection or group selection?” Emotion Researcher; “evoText: a new tool for analyzing the biological sciences” (with Michael J. Deem) Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and “Empathy and the evolutionary emergence of guilt,” which is currently under review. Ramsey also wrote four book chapters for edited collections, including “What is animal culture?” in K. Andrews and J. Beck (eds.) Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Animal Minds, Routledge Press, “Trait bin and trait cluster accounts of human nature” in T. Lewens (ed.) Why We Disagree about Human Nature, Oxford University Press; and “What is human nature for?” in A. Fuentes (ed.) Verbs, Bones and Brains: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Nature, Notre Dame, University of Notre Dame Press.