University of Alberta

Ingo Brigandt

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Ingo Brigandt
Department of Philosophy
University of Alberta
2-40 Assiniboia Hall
Edmonton, AB  T6G 2E7


Office:  3-49 Assiniboia Hall    
Voicemail:  780-492-3307 ext. 12

My work combines the history and philosophy of biology with epistemology and the philosophy of mind and language by attempting to understand scientific practice and concept use (including its historical change) from an epistemological and semantic point of view.

I am interested in evolutionary, developmental, and molecular biology, especially in the field of evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo) and its 19th and 20th century precursors.

Use the navigation on the left to read about my research projects and other information about my work. My Curriculum Vitae in pdf format.

Academic Appointments

07/2015 –

Associate Chair (Graduate Studies), Department of Philosophy, University of Alberta

03/2015 – 05/2015

Visiting Scholar, Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science, University of Sydney

09/2014 – 12/2014

Visiting Fellow, Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh

04/2014 –

Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Biology, University of Alberta

2012 –

Associate Professor of Philosophy with tenure, University of Alberta

2008 – 2012

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Alberta   (hired in 2006,
     appointment deferred to take up and complete a postdoctoral fellowship)

2006 – 2008 Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Alberta


2000 – 2006

Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh
(Co-Supervisors: Paul Griffiths and Anil Gupta. Dissertation: A Theory of Conceptual Advance)

M.A. in Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh (awarded 2005)

1995 – 1999 M.Sc. equivalent in Mathematics, University of Konstanz (Germany)

Upcoming Courses

PHIL 412/510: (Topics in) Philosophy of Science - Science and Values,  Fall 2015      [draft syllabus]

Distinctions and Board Memberships

Editorial Board Member of Annals of the History and Philosophy of Biology, 2014–

Executive Editor of the Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 2013–

Associate Editor of the Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution, 2012–

Membership Development Committee Member of the International Society for History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology, 2013–2015

Martha Cook Piper Research Prize, University of Alberta, 2011  ($3,000)

Faculty of Arts Research Excellence Award, University of Alberta, 2011

Advisory Board Member of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, 2011–2014

Editorial Board Member of Bionomina: International Journal of Biological Nomenclature & Terminology, 2010–

Dorothy J. Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow Prize, University of Alberta, 2006  ($2,500)

M.Sc. equivalent in Mathematics (Minor: Philosophy) with distinction (“ausgezeichnet”, outstanding), University of Konstanz, 1999

Grants and Fellowships

SSHRC 4A Grant, Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta, 2012–2013  ($3,000)

SSHRC 4A Grant, University of Alberta, 2011–2012  ($7,500)

Standard Research Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2008–2012  ($66,652 incl. teaching release stipend, rank 3 out of 92 philosophy applications nationwide)

Endowment Fund for the Future Capital Recruitment Grant, University of Alberta, 2009  ($6,200)

Conference Travel Grant, Killam Research Fund, University of Alberta, 2007  ($1,700)

Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Alberta, 2006–2008  ($88,000)

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for Philosophy of Biology, Duke University, 2006–2007  (declined)

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for Philosophy and Ethics of Science, University of Hannover, 2006–2007  (declined)

Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2005–2006  ($19,600)

KLI Junior Fellowship, Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, 2002  ($3,280)

Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2000–2001  ($21,300)