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Prof. Dr. Thomas Reydon

Curriculum Vitae

I was born in The Hague on the Dutch North Sea coast in 1969. I'm a philosopher of science with a background in physics, philosophy, and theoretical biology, and a research focus in theoretical as well as practical philosophy of the life sciences. I hold two Master's degrees (one in physics, one in philosophy of science) and a Doctoral degree, all from Leiden University. My dissertation ("Species as Units of Generalization in Biological Science: A Philosophical Analysis”) was written at the (meanwhile abolished) Chair of Philosophy of Biology, which was located within the section of Theoretical Biology in Leiden's Institute of Biology.

After having finished my dissertation work in Leiden I moved to Leibniz Universität Hannover (Germany), where I first was a Postdoc/Lecturer/Assistant Professor (= German “Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter”) at the former ZEWW, then a Junior Professor of Philosophy of Biology (2009-2015) and now a Professor (W2) of Philosophy of Biology with cross appointment at the Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (CELLS).

At earlier stages of my career I have been a trainee Policy Officer at the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS), where I have worked on topics in GMO regulation and medical ethics, and a Visiting Fellow (twice, Fall 2008 & Fall 2013) at the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science (University of Minnesota - Twin Cities). I am Editor-in-Chief (with two colleagues) of the Journal for General Philosophy of Science, Editor-in-Chief (with two colleagues) of the book series History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences and co-founder of the German Society for Philosophy of Science (Gesellschaft für Wissenschaftsphilosophie).

For detailed information about my work, including a list of my publications and teaching, please refer to my homepage at www.reydon.info

Contact Details

Thomas Reydon
Insitut für Philosophie
Leibniz Universität Hannover
Im Moore 21
D-30167 Hannover

Room B421
Tel.: 0511 762-19391
Fax: 0511 762-4758
e-mail: reydonww.uni-hannover.de

Office Hours for Students

Away on sabbatical this semester - contactable by email in urgent cases.