Recent talks


  • “The principle of priority in principle and in practice” Museum für Naturkunde (Berlin, Germany)

  • “Anchoring names at drift: an early twentieth-century controversy over the logic of taxonomic nomenclature" Humanities Institute of the New York Botanical Gardens (New York, USA)

  • “The Taxonomic Anarchy Debate: On the governance of referential norms and practices in biological taxonomy" Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (Ghent, Belgium)

  • “Biological markets and the evolution of morality” Departmental seminar, Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences, Groningen University (Groningen, the Netherlands)

  • “Of Elephants and Errors” Descartes Colloquium, Utrecht University (Utrecht, NL)

  • “Galton, regression, and statistical explanation” Theory of science seminar, Niels Bohr Institute (Copenhagen, DK)

  • “Biological markets and the evolution of morality” Evolution of Social Behavior Workshop (Groningen, NL)

  • “Distributing disagreement: ethical and epistemic challenges in big biodiversity informatics” Big Data Worshop of the Danish Philosophy of Science Network (Copenhagen, DK)


  • “Anchoring taxonomic names at drift” Danish History of Science Society (Copenhagen, DK)

  • “Anchoring names: on the principles, practice, and politics of identity in taxonomy” Workshop on the Future of Systematics in Data-Intensive Biology, Marine Biological Laboratories (Woods Hole, USA)

  • “Anchoring taxonomic names in a deluge of data” International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology Biennial Conference (Sao Paolo, BR)

  • “Varieties of typological thinking in structuralist evo-devo” Classification in Biological Practice, VU University (Amsterdam, NL)

  • “Contrastive explanation, origin essentialism, and natural selection” Departmental Seminar, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Utrecht University (Utrecht, NL)


  • “Pro ‘proto’: a defence of gradualism about the evolution of moral cognition” Expert meeting on the evolution of language and morality (Utrecht University, NL)

  • “Mutualism, markets, and the evolution of morality” European Society for Philosophy and Psychology (St. Andrews, UK)

  • “Mutualism, markets, and the evolution of morality” Philosophy of Biology in the UK Conference (Bristol, UK)

  • “Objectivity, historicity, taxonomy” Lunch Lecture, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies (Utrecht, NL)

  • “Rethinking the population/typology dichotomy” International workshop: What can the Philosophy of Biology learn from the History of Biology? (Utrecht, NL)

  • “A real dilemma for the Darwinian debunker?” Invited commentary on Katia Vavova’s “A dilemma for the Darwinian debunker”, Science versus Common Sense Conference, VU University (Amsterdam, NL)