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Pradeu T. (2012), The Limits of the Self: Immunology and Biological Identity. New York: Oxford University Press (see Oxford Scholarship Online).

Reviews in: Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (Alfred I. Tauber); Times Literary Supplement (R. P. Novick); Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (Neeraja Sankaran); British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (Maureen O'Malley); Mind (Stephan Blatti, forthcoming); Biology and Philosophy (Matt Haber); Philosophy in Review (Alison McConwell).

Carosella E.D., Pradeu T. (2010), L'Identité: La Part de l'Autre. Paris: Odile Jacob.

Pradeu T. (2009), Les Limites du soi: Immunologie et identité biologique. Montréal: Presses Universitaires de Montréal, & Paris: Vrin. Compte rendu dans History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences (F. Bouchard)



Edited volumes

Guay A. and Pradeu T. (eds.) (2016) Individuals Across the Sciences. New York: Oxford University Press. Contributors: Stéphane Chauvier; Ruey-Lin Chen; Christina Conroy; Mark Ereshefsky & Makmiller Pedroso; Melinda Fagan; Steven French; David Glick; Peter Godfrey-Smith; Alexandre Guay & Thomas Pradeu; Matt Haber; Décio Krause & Jonas R. Becker Arenhart; James Ladyman; Jonathan E. Lowe; Matteo Morganti; Cédric Paternotte; Paavo Pylkkanen, Basil J. Hiley & Ilkka Pattiniemi; Simon Saunders.

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Minelli A., Pradeu T., eds. (2014) Towards a Theory of Development. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Contributors: Wallace Arthur; Giuseppe Fusco, Roberto Carrer and Emanuele Serrelli; Scott Gilbert and Jonathan Bard; James Griesemer; Isaac Hernández and Davide Vecchi; Johannes Jaeger and James Sharpe; Jean-Jacques Kupiec; Lucie Laplane; Alan Love; Alessandro Minelli; Armin P. Moczek; Michel Morange; Stuart Newman; Spencer V. Nyholm and Margaret McFall-Ngai; Thomas Pradeu; Michel Vervoort.
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Barberousse A., Morange M., Pradeu T., eds. (2009) Mapping the Future of Biology: Evolving Concepts and Theories. Dordrecht: Springer, Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science, vol. 266. (Contributors: Mark A. Bedau, Evelyn Fox Keller, Scott F. Gilbert, Peter Godfrey-Smith, Michel Morange, John Odling-Smee, Susan Oyama, Michael Ruse, and Kim Sterelny)
Ludwig P., Pradeu T., eds. (2008), L'Individu: Perspectives contemporaines. Paris: Vrin. Spanish translation, El individuo. Perspectivas contemporáneas, Nueva Vision, 2014.
Carosella E.D., Pradeu T., Saint-Sernin B., Debru C., eds. (2006) L'identité? Soi et non-soi, individu et personne. Paris, Presses Universitaires de France.



Edition of special issues



  • Pradeu T., Kostyrka G., and Dupré J. (eds., 2016), Special issue of Studies C entitled "Understanding Viruses: Philosophical Investigations", Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 59 (October 2016), 57-153. Contributors: Jean-Michel Claverie & Chantal Abergel, John Dupré, Patrick Forterre, Eugene Koonin & Petro Starokadomskyy, Gladys Kostyrka, Pierre-Olivier Méthot, Greg Morgan, Maureen O’Malley, Thomas Pradeu, and Marc van Regenmortel.

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  • Guest editor, Biological Theory: issue on "The Boundaries of development" (6:1, Dec 2011), with the contributions of Scott Gilbert, Lucie Laplane, Jane Maienschein, Alessandro Minelli, Michel Morange, Antonine Nicoglou, Thomas Pradeu, Frédérique Théry, and Michel Vervoort.






  • Guay A. & Pradeu T. (submitted to Synthese) Right out of the box: How to situate metaphysics of science in relation to other metaphysical approaches. Special issue on "New Metaphysics of Science", edited by Max Kistler. (PDF of final draft).







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  • Pradeu T., Kostyrka G., and Dupré J (2016), Understanding viruses: Philosophical investigations, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 59, 57-63. (PDF of final draft)


  • Pradeu T, Laplane L, Prévot K, Hoquet T, Reynaud V, Fusco G, Minelli A, Orgogozo V, and Vervoort M. (2016), Defining 'development', Current Topics in Developmental Biology, 117, 171-183, special anniversary issue edited by Paul Wassarman. (PDF of final draft)

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'Monitoring discontinuities' by Simon Bradbrook, inspired by the Review on p764.







Articles in French


Book chapters

Pradeu T. (in press), Genidentity and Biological Processes, in Nicholson, D. J. & Dupré, J. (eds.). Everything Flows: Towards a Processual Philosophy of Biology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Guay A. and Pradeu T. (2016), Introduction: Progressive Steps Towards a Unified Conception of Individuality Across the Sciences, in Guay and Pradeu, eds., Individuals Across the Sciences, pp. 1-21.

Guay A. and Pradeu T. (2016), To be continued: the genidentity of physical and biological processes, in Guay and Pradeu, eds., Individuals Across the Sciences, pp. 317-347.

Minelli A. & Pradeu T. (2014), Theories of development in biology – problems and perspectives, in A. Minelli and T. Pradeu, eds., Towards a Theory of Development. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 1-14.

Pradeu T. (2014), Regenerating Theories in Developmental Biology, in A. Minelli and T. Pradeu (eds.) Towards a Theory of Development. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 15-32.

Pradeu T. (2013), Immunity and the emergence of individuality, in F. Bouchard and P. Huneman (eds.) From Groups to Individuals: Perspectives on Biological Associations and Emerging Individuality. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp. 77-96.


Pradeu T. (2013), Critique des notions de soi et de non-soi en immunologie, in J-J. Kupiec (ed.) La Vie, et alors? Paris: Belin, pp. 177-189.

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Pradeu T. (2011), Chapitre "Philosophie de la biologie", in A. Barberousse, D. Bonnay, M. Cozic (eds.) Précis de philosophie des sciences. Paris, Vuibert, 378-403. English translation, "Philosophy of Biology", to appear at Oxford University Press.


Pradeu T. (2010), Peut-on attribuer une fonction au système immunitaire?, in J. Gayon & A. de Ricqlès (eds.) Les Fonctions : des organismes aux artefacts. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, pp. 261-275.

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Pradeu T. (2009), Darwinisme, évolution et immunologie, in T. Heamns, P. Huneman, G. Lecointre, M. Silberstein (eds.), Les Mondes darwiniens: L'évolution de l'évolution. Paris: Syllepses, pp. 525-542.

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Pradeu T. (2008), Qu’est-ce qu’un individu biologique?, in P. Ludwig, T. Pradeu (eds.), L’individu : Perspectives contemporaines. Paris : Vrin, pp. 97-125.

Pradeu T. (2007), L'immunité et l'interactionnisme biologique, in Thierry Martin (dir.), Le Tout et les parties dans les systèmes naturels. Paris: Vuibert, coll. "Philosophie des sciences", pp. 99-106.

Tout et parties

Carosella E.D., Pradeu T. (2006), Introduction, in Carosella E.D., Pradeu T., Saint-Sernin B., Debru C. (eds.) L'identité? Soi, non-soi, individu et personne. Paris: PUF, pp. 3-5.

Pradeu T., Carosella E.D. (2006), L'identité immunologique : soi ou continuité?, in Carosella E.D., Pradeu T., Saint-Sernin B., Debru C. (eds.) L'identité? Soi, non-soi, individu et personne. Paris: PUF, pp. 47-58.




Book reviews



Outreach activities

Oral presentations






Work in progress

  • Pradeu T. and Ferner A. (eds.) Special issue on "The Ontologies of Living Beings", for Philosophy & Theory in Biology.
  • Co-direction, avec Jean Gayon, de deux volumes de la collection « Textes clés » sur la Philosophie de la Biologie (traductions inédites des grands textes classiques de la philosophie de la biologie), Paris,  Vrin.
  • Pradeu T. and Ferner A., A Critique of animalism.
  • Lemoine M. and Pradeu T. (in prep.) Wanted: Physiology, Dead or alive.
  • Chiu L. and Pradeu T. (in prep.) Extension Arguments across the Biological Sciences.
  • Laurent P., Manicki P., Jolivel V., Chiu L., Contin-Bordes C., Truchetet M-E, and Pradeu T. (co-last authors) (in prep.) Beyond ‘defense’: The immune system in physiological and dysregulated repair.
  • Moreau JF and Pradeu T. (in prep.) The essential role of immune mobility in the transition to multicellularity.
  • Lemoine M. and Pradeu T. (in prep.) Defining pathological disorders.