CfA: Book Symposium with Justin Garson on Biological Functions (Universität Bielefeld, January 31-February 1, 2020)

Fabian Hundertmark (Universität Bielefeld).


The topic of this colloquium is Justin Garson’s latest book, “What Biological Functions Are and Why They Matter” (Cambridge University Press, 2019). Garson is one of the leading experts on biological functions. He published numerous articles on the topic of biological functions in prestigious journals and the book “A Critical Overview of Biological Functions” (Springer, 2016).

Based on the structure of his book, the colloquium will be divided into two parts. While the first day is about Garson’s generalized selected effects theory of biological functions and its alternatives, the second day will deal with the philosophical applications of this theory. These range from the philosophy of biology (mechanisms) over the philosophy of psychiatry (mental illness) to the philosophy of the mind (mental content).

Comments by

  • Joe Dewurst (LMU Munich)
  • Fabian Hundertmark (Bielefeld University)
  • Marie Kaiser (Bielefeld University)
  • Ulrich Krohs (University of Münster)
  • Behzad Nematipour (University of Münster)
  • Peter Schulte (University of Zurich)
  • students from Bielefeld
  • students from Münster


The workshop is sponsored by the GAP and the GWP and organized by Fabian Hundertmark and Behzad Nematipour.

Attendance is free of charge. To register, please email Fabian Hundertmark (