The latest issue of Philosophical Topics is out. Each issue is devoted to a different theme. This issue’s theme is “philosophy of ecology”, and I am super-chuffed to have a paper in it. It means I am now officially a philosopher! If you publish a paper in a philosophy journal, that makes you a philosopher, right?*
My contribution is a greatly expanded version of this old blog post. I leave it to you to decide if several thousand additional words improved the post or not. That’s now three papers on my cv that started out as blog posts.
Here is where I’d like to put a blurb about the other papers in the issue, but I haven’t read them yet. All the authors worked independently of one another, so I’m as curious as you are to see what the other authors had to say. Besides me, the other contributors are a mixture of ecologists and philosophers of science: Gregory Cooper, Eric Dejardain, Christopher Eliot, Alkistis Elliott-Graves, James Justus, Christopher Lean , Diane Pataki, Carolyn Trombley, Karl Cottenie, Stefan Linquist, Jay Odenbaugh, and Mark Vellend. The topics covered include everything from the future of predictive ecology, to the scientific costs of ambiguous terminology, to the structure of ecological research programs, to the “superfluous niche”, and more.
You should totally check it out. If your institution doesn’t subscribe, preprints of some of the papers are on the Phil Sci archive. And the issue will be on JSTOR in the not too distant future.
Thanks very much to issue editors Jay Odenbaugh and Stefan Linquist for the invitation to contribute.
*First commenter to make the obvious philosophical joke about “what is a ‘philosopher’, really?” gets -10 Internet Points.