Conferences

In 2017: Talks:

  • December 6, 2017, Institut Jacques Monod, "Faire dialoguer la philosophie des sciences avec la biologie et la médecine", co-organized by Lucie Laplane & Thomas Pradeu.

  • October 10-11, 2017, First Bordeaux-Geneva Workshop, Geneva, Switzerland: "Why is immunology essential to biological individuality?" Workshop organized by Marcel Weber and Derek Skillings.

  • October 5, 2017, Centre de Physiopathologie de Toulouse Purpan, Toulouse, France: "The immune system and the unification of the organism", invited by Roland Liblau.

  • June 28, 2017, Colloque Interdisciplinarité, U. Bordeaux, Victoire: "Faire de la philosophie dans les sciences : un exemple d’interdisciplinarité dans le laboratoire ImmunoConcept à Bordeaux". Organized by Cédric Brun (U. Bordeaux, SPH), Antoine Roger (Sciences Po. Bordeaux, CED), Pascal Ragouet (U. Bordeaux, CED) & Charlotte Brives (CNRS, CED).

  • June 19, 2017, NutriNeuro, Bordeaux, France: "The self as an ecosystem: The dialogue between the microbiota and immunity in the construction of the individual", invited by Sophie Layé.

  • May 5, 2017, Toxalim, INRA, Toulouse, "Le soi comme écosystème : le dialogue entre microbiote et immunité dans la construction de l'individu", invited by Muriel Mercier-Bonin.

  • April 21, 2017, CABD (Centro Andaluz de Biología del Desarrollo), Seville, Spain: "Immunity and Individuality: An Instance of Philosophy in Science". Invited by Nacho Maseo.

  • April 7, 2017, Annual Lecture Series of the Center for Philosophy in Science, University of Pittsburgh, USA: "Immunity and Individuality: An Instance of Philosophy in Science" (Video of the talk available).

  • March 13-15, 2017, Journées en l’honneur de Jean Gayon, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris, Paris, France: "Jean Gayon, l’histoire, la philosophie et la biologie : Une synthèse moderne" ("Jean Gayon, history, philosophy and biology: a modern synthesis")
  • February 10, 2017, O21/s’Orienter au XXIe siècle, Rocher de Palmer, Cenon, participation au débat : "Tous les métiers transformés par le numérique… Vraiment ?"
  • February 2, 2017, 10th Congress of the EAHAD (European Association for Haemophilia and Allied Disorders), Paris: "After the danger theory, is the discontinuity theory the next paradigm to understand the immune response?"

 

In 2017: Conferences/Workshops organized or co-organized:

  • December 1, 2017, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France: Herbert Virgin (Washington University School of Medicine, USA), "Control of immunity by the virome, and vice versa". Organized by Gérard Eberl & Thomas Pradeu.

  • November 20-21, 2017, Third Bordeaux-San Sebastian Workshop in Philosophy of Biology, Bidart, France.

  • May 17, 2017, NeuroFrance, Bordeaux, France. Duhem Lectures of the Société de philosophie des sciences (SPS): “Dialogue between a philosopher and a neuroscientist: What will/should a neuroscience of emotion look like?”, with Ralph Adolphs (Caltech) and Daniel Andler (Paris-Sorbonne & ENS), organized by T. Pradeu.
  • April 10-11, 2017, Second Bordeaux-San Sebastian Workshop in Philosophy of Biology, Pey-Berland, Bordeaux, France. Workshop topic: "Biological Identity: Robustness, Organisation, and the Microbiota". Organized by Leonardo Bich; Arantza Etxeberria & Thomas Pradeu.

 

In 2016:

 

 

  • September 26, 2016, Campus IFOM-IEO, Milan, Italy: "What is an Individual? Immunology, the Microbiota, and the Discontinuity Theory". Invited by Maria Rescigno & Mattia Andreoletti.

  • September 16, 2016, Université de Bordeaux, France: co-organizer, with Lucie Laplane, of the international workshop "Cancer & Evolution". 7 speakers. Talk on "Immunoediting & Cancer Evolution", in collaboration with Dorothée Duluc.

  • June 2-3, 2016, Institute of Philosophy, University of London, UK: "Animalism & Identity: Confronting the Biological Approach with Biology" (in collaboration with Adam Ferner), invited by Anne Sophie Meincke (Exeter) & John Dupré (Exeter), international conference "Biological Identity", 14 speakers.

 

  • April 28, 2016: Paris, France, IHPST: co-organizer, with Lucie Laplane, of the international workshop "Philosophy & Cancer". 10 speakers.

  • April 13, 2016: Institut Pasteur, Paris, France, invited by Pedro Hernandez: "Are we all ecosystems? Host-symbiont interactions, development, and immunity". Video of the talk.

  • April 7, 2016: Bordeaux, Institut de Chimie & Biologie des Membranes & des Nano-objets (CBMN): "Are We All Microorganisms? Ecosystemic individuality & the unifying role of the immune system" (Annual scientific meeting of the CBMN), invited by Véronique Trézéguet.

 

  • March 30, 2016, Université de Perpignan: "The applicability of the discontinuity theory of immunity to plants and invertebrates", invitation Benjamin Gourbal, International workshop "Innate immune memory in invertebrates". 9 speakers.

  • March 25, 2016, Oncopôle, Toulouse, France: "Thérapeutique et cancer : une approche philosophique ". Cancer Research Center of Toulouse. Invited by Mary Poupot.

  • Feb 5, 2016: Dijon, France, UMR Biogéosciences, invitation Thierry Rigaud: "Host-symbiont interactions in the development of organisms across phyla:  Ecosystemic individuality and the unifying role of the immune system".

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  • Jan 28, 2016: Munich, LMU, Institute for Immunology, Germany, invitation Reinhardt Obst: "The discontinuity theory of immunity: A philosopher's view on the dynamics of the immune system".

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  • Jan 15, 2016: INRA Jouy-en-Josas, MICALIS (microbiota group), France, invitation Muriel Thomas: "Host-symbiont interactions in the development of organisms across phyla:  Ecosystemic individuality and the unifying role of the immune system".

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In 2015:

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  • November 19-20, 2015: Symbiosis meeting, Egenis, Exeter, UK: "Host-symbiont interactions in the development of organisms across phyla:  Ecosystemic individuality and the unifying role of the immune system".

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  • September 23-26, 2015: Meeting of the European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA), Düsseldorf, Germany. Alexandre Guay and Thomas Pradeu, "Situating Metaphysics of Science: Back to Square One." Part of the session "Science within metaphysics and metaphysics within science: Articulating the relationship between metaphysics of science and traditional metaphysics." Speakers: Helen Beebee, Steven French, Alyssa Ney, Alexandre Guay & Thomas Pradeu.
     

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  • September 10, 2015: VIROTEAM, Marseille, France: "Sommes-nous tous des micro-organismes?"

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  • July 5-10, 2015: organizer of the session "Ecological Approaches to Organismal Development", Meeting of the ISHPSSB, Montreal, Canada.

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Participants: Ehab Abouheif (McGill University), Scott Gilbert (Swarthmore College, USA & University of Helsinki), Thomas Pradeu (CNRS & University of Bordeaux), and Karine Prévot (Paris-Ouest Nanterre University). This session is organized in coordination with the session "Physical Science Approaches to Organismal Development" (co-organized by Alan Love and Bill Wimsatt; Participants: Karl Niklas (Cornell University), Robert Batterman (University of Pittsburgh), Alan C. Love (University of Minnesota), Laura Nilson (McGill University)), under the general heading "Alternative Explanatory Approaches to Organismal Development".

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  • June 16-17, 2015: co-organizer (with Adam Ferner) of the international conference "Organic Individuals", Paris-Sorbonne University, Amphi. Guizot.

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  • June 1, 2015: Disputatio avec Francis Wolff, Lundis de la Philosophie, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France.

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  • May 19, 2015: Exposé Rectorat Académie de Rouen, destiné aux professeurs de SVT de l'Académie : Identité et tolérance en immunologie (Identity and Tolerance in Immunology).

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  • March 19, 2015: "Entre gènes et environnement : Expliquer le développement biologique", CIRID, Bordeaux University.

 



 

In 2014:

  • December 8, 2014: Individu biologique, Club PhilBioMed, IHPST, Paris. Debate with Philippe Huneman and Matteo Mossio.

  • December 4, 2014: "L'organisme est-il un individu ou une communauté?". Colloque de la FR "TransBioMed" (Bordeaux).


  • November 6-9, 2014: Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association (PSA), Chicago, IL, USA. Chairing of a session organized by Maureen O'Malley on 'Complex Life Cycles, Reproduction and Evolution', with Peter Godfrey-Smith, Matthew Herron, Maureen O'Malley and James Griesemer.

  • November 3, 2014: talk (in French) in the Paris 2nd-year Master Program in Immunology, Paris-Diderot University, France (invited by Mireille Viguier): 'Quelle théorie pour l'immunologie?'

  • October 24, 2014: talk (in French) at the Institut Jacques Monod (invited by Giuseppe Baldacci & Mireille Viguier), Paris, France: 'L’identité biologique : une réalité composite'.

  • October 20, 2014: talk (in French) at the "Lundis de la Philosophie" (Francis Wolff), Ecole normale supérieure de Paris, France: 'Construire le dialogue entre sciences et métaphysique : L’exemple de la notion d’individu en biologie'.

  • September 9-10, 2014: Explaining Development, Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti, Venice. This workshop is co-organized by Alessandro Minelli (Padova) and Thomas Pradeu. It gathers development biologists, evo-devo people and philosophers, to address the question of how to best explain developmental processes.

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  • June 23-24, 2014: Redefining the Self: Biological and Philosophical Perspectives, Paris-Sorbonne University, amphi. Richelieu, June 23-24 (co-organized with Hugues Bersini, Marc Daëron, Leïla Périé and Véronique Thomas-Vaslin). This conference gathered world-leading immunologists, microbiologists and philosophers, for a common critical examination of the notions of self, nonself, identity, individuality and uniqueness in current biological sciences.

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In 2013:

  • Co-organization (with Alexandre Manafu, Alexandre Guay and Max Kistler) of a conference on individuals in the metaphysics of science (ANR "Métaphysique des sciences") (IHPST, Paris, November 18-19, 2013)
  • Présentation "Quelle théorie pour l'immunologie?" devant les étudiants de M2 Immunologie des Universités Paris 5, 6 et 7 (4 Novembre 2013)
  • Co-organization (with Evelyn Houliston, UPMC) of the meeting What is development? A dialogue between biologists and philosophers (Station marine de Villefranche-sur-Mer, Sept 4-5, 2013)
  • Organization of the 2013 meeting of the International Society for History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) (co-chair of the program committee with Michel Morange) (Montpellier, July 7-12, 2013)

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In 2012:

  • Emergence in science / L'émergence dans les sciencesProgramme (Univ. Paris-Sorbonne, Paris, Dec 11, 2012)
  • Situating Metaphysics of Science: Back to Square One (Univ. Roma 3, Rome, Nov 6, 2012)
  • To be continued: The genidentity of physical and biological processes (with A. Guay) (Conference Individual across sciences: A revisionary metaphysics?, org. A. Guay & T. Pradeu, Paris-Sorbonne University, Paris, May 18-20, 2012)

  • "Situating Metaphysics of Science: Back to Square One" (with A. Guay) (Paris, Conference on Metaphysical Knowledge, org. P. Ludwig, F. Drapeau-Contim & T. Pradeu, March 29-31, 2012)
  • "Comment expliquer la réponse immunitaire? Une critique de la théorie du danger" (Marseille, Centre d'immunologie de Marseille Luminy, April 5, 2012)
  • "Théories, modèles et paradigmes en biologie moléculaire : Le cas de l'immunologie" (Marseille, Ecole doctorale Sciences de la vie et de la santé, April 4, 2012)
  • "La construction des normes de la science" (Ecole française de Rome, Rome, March 17, 2012)

 

In 2011:

  • "Constructing the Organism" (American Philosophical Association, invited talk, Dec 29, 2011)

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  • Présentation ENS Animal (Dec 2011)
  • Evolution et émergence (Conférence "Emergence : enjeux du réductionnisme en philosophie des sciences", Bordeaux, Univ. Bordeaux 3, November 10, 2011)