Introduction: Perspectives on Entangled Life

  • Gillian BarkerEmail author
  • Eric Desjardins
  • Trevor Pearce
Part of the History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences book series (HPTL, volume 4)


Despite burgeoning interest in new and more complex accounts of the organism-environment dyad, biologists and philosophers of biology have paid little attention to the history of these ideas and to their broader deployment in the social sciences and in other disciplines outside biology. Even in biology and philosophy of biology, detailed conceptual models of the organism-environment relationship are still lacking. This volume is designed to fill these lacunae by providing the first multidisciplinary discussion of the topic of organism-environment interaction. It brings together scholars from history, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, medicine, and biology to discuss the common focus of their work: entangled life, or the complex interaction of organisms and environments.


Niche Construction Modern Synthesis Adaptive Landscape Ecosystem Engineering Ecological Psychology 
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This collection grew out of a conference held in 2010 at Western University, entitled “Integrating Complexity: Environment and History.” The conference was made possible by the generous support of Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, and by the institutional sponsorship and assistance of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB). We thank these bodies cordially for their support. Thanks are also due to the many members of Western University’s Department of Philosophy who helped to organize and run the conference, and the even larger number of philosophers, historians, and natural and social scientists whose participation made it a success. We wish there had been room in this volume to include many more of the stimulating papers that were presented at the conference. Finally, we are grateful to series co-editor Philippe Huneman and an anonymous reviewer for insightful suggestions, to David Isaac for editorial assistance, and to Springer’s Ties Nijssen and Christi Lue for thoughtful editing and a swift and easy publication process.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gillian Barker
    • 1
    Email author
  • Eric Desjardins
    • 1
  • Trevor Pearce
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyWestern UniversityLondonCanada
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of North Carolina at CharlotteCharlotteUSA

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