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Robert N. Brandon

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
Duke Box 90743, Durham, NC 27708-0743
209 West Duke Bldg, Durham, NC 27708


Robert N. Brandon (Ph.D. 1979, Harvard) joined the Duke Faculty in fall of 1979. He holds a joint appointment in Philosophy and Biology . He has published articles in Philosophy of Science, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Biology and Philosophy, PSA 1980 and PSA 1982, some of which have subsequently been anthologized. He has co-edited (with Richard Burian) Genes, Organisms, Populations: Controversies over the Units of Selection (Bradford Books, MIT Press, 1984), and his book, Adaptation and Environment was published by Princeton University Press in 1990. His most recent book Concepts and Methods in Evolutionary Biology (Cambridge) was published in 1996. During the spring of 1984 he had a visiting appointment at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh. Brandon is a member of Duke's Center for the Philosophy of Biology.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy · 2023 - Present Philosophy, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Professor of Biology · 2002 - Present Biology, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society · 2014 - Present Duke Science & Society, Initiatives

Education, Training & Certifications

Harvard University · 1979 Ph.D.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill · 1974 B.A.