MAPS: First Talk Spring Semester by Massimo Pigliucci (CUNY)

Dear All,

Happy New Year! This year in the Metro Area Philosophy of Science Group (MAPS), we hope to continue hosting informative talks on many cutting-edge topics in philosophy of science. 

Our first speaker of the semester will be Massimo Pigliucci, K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at CUNY-City College & Graduate Center. 

Title: Do we need a new evolutionary synthesis? 

Speaker: Massimo Pigliucci (CUNY) 

4:30 – 6:30 PM, Tuesday January 31, CUNY Graduate Center, Room 5307 (Address: 365 Fifth Ave).

Abstract: The theory of evolution has evolved, so to speak, a number of times since Darwin and Wallace proposed the original version back in 1858. In this talk, I will explore some of those changes and focus on current proposals to develop a new version of the theory, known as the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis. I will also try to address the question of whether these new developments amount to an example of what philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn called a “paradigm shift” within the biological sciences.

Reception to follow the talk, please join us! There will also be dinner after the reception. If you are interested, please send an email with “Dinner” in the heading to (please note that all are welcome, but only the speaker’s dinner will be covered). If you have any other questions, please email


More Upcoming MAPS Talks: 

(1) 4:30-6:30 PM Tuesday February 28 at NYU.

Matt Stanley. (Author of Huxley’s Church and Maxwell’s Demon: from Theistic Science to Naturalistic Science, University of Chicago Press); 

“The Uniformity of Natural Laws: A Historical Perspective from Victorian Britain”

(2) Jesse Prinz (CUNY). Title TBA. Time TBA. 

(3) Alyssa Ney (UC Davis). Title TBA. 4:30-6:30 PM Tuesday May 2 at Columbia. 

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