Dr Rachael Brown

Dr Rachael Brown

Position: Director of Centre for Philosophy of the Sciences

Centre affiliation: Centre for Philosophy of the Sciences

Email: rachael.brown@anu.edu.au

Location: Level 6, RSSS Building, 146 Ellery Crescent


B.Sc. (The University of Melbourne) B.A. (Hons., The University of Melbourne) PhD (Australian National University)

Researcher profile: https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/brown-rl?term=rachael%20brown

Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Science

  • Brown, R. L. (2015) “A clear-eyed defense of philosophy of biology” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 49: 63-65.
  • Brown, R. L. (2015) “Why development matters” Biology & Philosophy, 30(6): 889-899. Volume 30, Issue 6, pp 889-899.
  • Brown, R. L. (2014) “What Evolvability Really Is.” British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. 65(3): 549-572.
  • Brown, R. L. (2014) “Rethinking Behavioural Evolution,” in Entangled Life: Organism and Environment in the Biological and Social Sciences, Barker, Desjardins & Pearce (eds.) Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp 237-260.
  • Brown, R. L. (2014) “Identifying Behavioral Novelty” Biological Theory. 9(2): 135-148.
  • Brown, R. L. (2013) “Learning, Evolvability and Exploratory Behaviour: Extending the Evolutionary Reach of Learning.” Biology & Philosophy. 28(6): 933-955.
  • McNamara, K., Brown, R. L., Elgar, M. & Jones, T. (2008) “Paternity Costs from Polyandry Compensated by Increased Fecundity in the Hide Beetle.” Behavioral Ecology, 19: 433-440.

2014: Sir Karl Popper Essay Prize, British Society for the Philosophy of Science for ‘What Evolvability Really Is’ (BJPS 65 (3), 549-572).

PHIL1004: Fundamental Ideas in Philosophy: An Introduction
Philosophy of Cognitive Science
Science in Society: Ethics, Public Policy and Scientific Practice
PHIL2082: Sex and Death: Philosophy of Biology
Science Fiction and Philosophy

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