Aaron Novick Department of Philosophy University of Washington
email address: amnovick [at] uw [dot] edu
In Fall 2020, I joined the philosophy department at the University of Washington as an assistant professor. My current research focuses on the philosophy of evolutionary-developmental biology, with an especial focus on its relationship to structuralist and functionalist biology. A short book project, tentatively titled Structure and Function, is under contract with Cambridge University Press. I am also working on an extended historical and philosophical study of the 'homology' concept, using its complicated history of change as a window into understanding the behavior of scientific concepts more generally. From Fall 2019 - Spring 2020, I worked as an assistant professor of philosophy at Purdue University.
From Fall 2018 - Summer 2019, I worked as a post-doc for Ford Doolittle at Dalhousie University. My research there concerned the nature of 'species' concepts, especially in microbial contexts, and (from a philosophical vantage) the influence of lateral gene transfer on gene connectivity.
From 2012-2018, I completed a PhD in the department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh, where I worked on the history and philosophy of evolutionary-developmental biology, the nature of reasoning in the biological sciences, and the history of systematics in the 19th century.
Prior to coming to Pittsburgh, I majored in biology and philosophy at The College of Wooster, in Wooster, Ohio.