An interdisciplinary collaboration between the Faculties of Arts and Medicine & Health at the University of Leeds
Professor of History and Philosophy of Science
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Greg Radick’s main area of research is the history of biology and the human sciences from the eighteenth century to the present, with particular emphases on Darwinism, genetics and animal behaviour. He also has interests in the philosophy of science (especially biology), the philosophy of history (especially counterfactuals), and the interdisciplinary study of intellectual property. His books include The Simian Tongue: The Long Debate about Animal Language (University of Chicago Press, 2007) and, as co-editor with Leeds colleague Jonathan Hodge, The Cambridge Companion to Darwin (Cambridge University Press, 2003; second edition, 2009). He is presently preparing a new book on the birth of genetics in the early twentieth century.
Greg joined the Department in 2000. Previously he held the Charles and Katharine Darwin research fellowship at the University of Cambridge. Awards and honours include the Suzanne J. Levinson Prize of the History of Science Society for The Simian Tongue (for best book in the history of the life sciences and natural history); the Singer Prize of the British Society for the History of Science (for best essay by a junior scholar); a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship; and grants from the British Academy, the Royal Society, the Templeton Foundation, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
In the School of Humanities, he is currently Director of Impact and Postgraduate Tutor for research students in HPS.
History of modern science, especially biology and the human sciences
Philosophy of science, especially biology
Philosophy of history, especially counterfactuals
Intellectual property in the sciences
“Physics in the Galtonian Sciences of Heredity.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 42 (2011): 129-138.
The Cambridge Companion to Darwin, Second Edition. Co-edited with Jonathan Hodge. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
“Race and Language in the Darwinian Tradition (and what Darwin ‘s Language-Species Parallels have to do with it).” Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 39 (2008): 359-70.
The Simian Tongue: The Long Debate about Animal Language (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2007).
For a full list of publications and for downloadable versions, see Greg’s personal page)
History and philosophy of evolutionary biology
History and philosophy of genetics and its applications
History of psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience
History of biomedicine and public health
History of scientific instruments and museums
Jordan Bartol, “Causal Reasoning in Genetics and Genomics” (2011-).
Dominic Berry, “Forging a Science of Food Security: Testing, Statistics and Regulation at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany, 1919-1969” (2010-).
Emanuele Archetti, “Niche Construction Theory in Philosophical Perspective” (2009-)
Mike Finn, “The West Riding Lunatic Asylum and the Making of the Modern Brain Sciences in the Nineteenth Century,” (2008-; jointly supervised with Adrian Wilson).
Juan Manuel Rodriguez Caso, “Anthropology at the BAAS, 1865-1870” (2008-; jointly supervised with Jon Topham).
Mark Steadman, “A History of the Scientific Collections of the Leeds Museum , 1819-1921: Acquiring, Interpreting and Presenting the Natural World in the English Industrial City” (2007-; jointly supervised with Jon Topham).
Berris Charnley, “Agricultural Science and the Emergence of a Mendelian System, 1880-1930” (awarded 2011; currently a postdoctoral fellow with EGENIS, University of Exeter )
Maurizio Esposito, “Between Holism and Reductionism: Organismic Inheritance and the Neo-Kantian Biological Tradition in Britain and the USA , 1890-1940” (awarded 2011; currently a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Philosophical Research, UNAM, Mexico City ).
Jamie Stark, “Industrial Illness in Cultural History: ‘La maladie de Bradford’ in Local, National, and Global Contexts” (awarded 2011; jointly supervised with Adrian Wilson; currently AHRC Knowledge Transfer Fellow, Thackray Museum/University of Leeds).
Efram Sera-Shriar, “Beyond the Armchair: Early Observational Practices and the Making of British Anthropology, 1813-1871” (2011 award; jointly supervised with Jon Topham; shortly to take up an SSHC postdoctoral fellowship, York University, Toronto).
Chris Renwick, “The British Debate about the Identity of Sociology, 1876-1908” (2009 award; currently Lecturer in Modern British History in Department of History, University of York)
Shane Glackin, “The Role of the Fact/Value Distinction in Modern Moral Life” (2008 award; jointly supervised with Mark Nelson and Chris Megone).
Recent Talks Online
“Scientific Inheritance” – inaugural lecture 16 May 2012
“Lessons of the Galápagos“, seminar, Debating Darwin series, University of Chicago, 11 November 2011.
“Intellectual property and the biosciences“, talk introducing an international symposium on that theme, University of Leeds, 7 July 2010.
Editor-in-Chief, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (from July 2012)
Chair, Communications Coordination Committee, British Society for the History of Science (2009-12)
Council member, International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (2009-13)
Member of Editorial Board, Journal of the History of Biology and British Journal for the History of Science
Reviews Editor, British Journal for the History of Science (2005-10)
Full List of Publications
(For downloadable versions of most items, please see Greg’s personal page)
2009. Darwin in Ilkley, with Mike Dixon. Stroud: History Press.
2007. The Simian Tongue: The Long Debate about Animal Language, Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press. (Awarded the 2010 Suzanne J. Levinson Prize for best book in the history of the life sciences and natural history.)
Forthcoming. Scholarly edition of W. F. R. Weldon’s Theory of Inheritance (1904-1905), coedited with Annie Jamieson.
2009. The Cambridge Companion to Darwin, Second Edition, coedited with Jonathan Hodge. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
2004. Space: In Science, Art and Society, coedited with François Penz and Robert Howell. Based on the Darwin College Lectures, Winter/Spring 2001. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
2003. The Cambridge Companion to Darwin, coedited with Jonathan Hodge. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
EDITED JOURNAL ISSUES
Forthcoming. Owning and Disowning Invention: Intellectual Property and Identity in the Technosciences in Britain , 1870-1930, coedited with Christine MacLeod. Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science.
2008. Focus section on “Counterfactuals and the Historian of Science,” Isis 99: 547-84.
2006. Special section of Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 37 (2): 269-362, collecting and introducing papers delivered at the Dec. 2003 Leeds workshop “Fielding the Question: Primatological Research in Historical Perspective,” co-edited with Amanda Rees.
ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS
Under review. “Should ‘Heredity’ and ‘Inheritance’ Be Biological Terms? Bateson’s Change of Mind as a Historical and Philosophical Problem.”
Forthcoming. “Claiming Ownership in the Technosciences: Patents, Priority and Productivity,” with Christine MacLeod. Introduction to Owning and Disowning Invention special issue.
Forthcoming. “Intellectual Property, Plant Breeding and the Making of Mendelian Genetics,” with Berris Charnley. In the Owning and Disowning Invention special issue.
Forthcoming. “The Professor and the Pea: Lives and Afterlives of William Bateson’s Campaign for the Utility of Mendelism.” In the Owning and Disowning Invention special issue.
2011. “Physics in the Galtonian Sciences of Heredity.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 42: 129-138.
2010. “Did Darwin Change His Mind About the Fuegians?” Endeavour 34(2): 51-54.
2010. “Darwin’s Puzzling Expression,” Comptes Rendus Biologies 333: 181-187
2009. “Plant Breeding and Intellectual Property Before and After the Rise of Mendelism: The Case of Britain,” with Berris Charnley. In Living Properties: Making Knowledge and Controlling Ownership in the History of Biology, eds. Jean-Paul Gaudillière, Daniel J. Kevles and Hans-Jörg Rheinberger. Preprint 382. Berlin: Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.
2009. “Introduction,” with Jonathan Hodge. In The Cambridge Companion to Darwin , Second Edition, pp. 1-17. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press.
2009. “The Place of Darwin’s Theories in the Intellectual Long Run,” with Jonathan Hodge. In The Cambridge Companion to Darwin, Second Edition, pp. 246-273. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
2008. “Race and Language in the Darwinian Tradition (and what Darwin’s Language-Species Parallels have to do with it).” Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 39: 359-70. (This article is a reply to a reply to my work in the same journal from Stephen Alter.)
2008. “Why What If?” Isis 99: 547-551.
2007. “Afterword,” with Jonathan Hodge. In (Re)creating Science in Nineteenth-Century Britain : An Interdisciplinary Approach, ed. Amanda Mordavsky Caleb. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press.
2006. “Introduction.” With Amanda Rees. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 37 (2): 269-72.
2006. “What’s in a Name? The Vervet Predator Calls and the Limits of the Washburnian Synthesis.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 37 (2): 334-362.
2005. “Primate Language and the Playback Experiment, in 1890 and 1980.” Journal of the History of Biology 38: 461-493.
2005. “Other Histories, Other Biologies.” In Philosophy, Biology and Life, ed. Anthony O’Hear. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 21-47. Supplement to Philosophy, Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement: 56.
2004. “Introduction.” With François Penz and Robert Howells. In Space: In Science, Art and Society, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 1-5.
2003. “R. L. Garner and the Rise of the Edison Phonograph in Evolutionary Philology.” In Lisa Gitelman and Geoffrey B. Pingree, eds., New Media, 1740-1915, pp. 175-206. Cambridge , MA : MIT Press.
2003. “Is the Theory of Natural Selection Independent of its History?” In Jonathan Hodge and Gregory Radick, eds., The Cambridge Companion to Darwin , pp. 143-67. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press. Reprinted (with minor changes) in the 2nd edition of 2009, pp. 147-72. Also due to be published in abridged form in Spanish as: “What is Left of the Marxian Interpretation of Darwin?”
2003. “Introduction.” With Jonathan Hodge. In Jonathan Hodge and Gregory Radick, eds., The Cambridge Companion to Darwin , pp. 1-14. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
2002. “Darwin on Language and Selection.” Selection 3: 7-16. Special issue on “Language Change as a Selection Process,” ed. David L. Hull.
2002. “Discovering and Patenting Human Genes.” In Andrew Bainham, Shelley Day Sclater and Martin Richards, eds., Body Lore and Laws, pp. 63-78. Oxford: Hart.
2001. “A Critique of Kitcher on Eugenic Reasoning.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 32: 741-51.
2000. “Morgan’s Canon, Garner’s Phonograph, and the Evolutionary Origins of Language and Reason.” British Journal for the History of Science 33: 3-23. (Awarded the 1998 Singer Prize of the British Society for the History of Science for best graduate-student essay.) Also published in abridged form in Spanish as: “El Canon de Morgan, el Fonógrafo de Garner, El Lenguaje y La Razón,” trans. M Benítez, Ciencias 57 (2000): 44-53.
2000. “Language, Brain Function, and Human Origins in the Victorian Debates over Evolution.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 31: 55-75.
2000. “Two Explanations of Evolutionary Progress.” Biology and Philosophy 15: 475-91.
Forthcoming. “Darwin and Humans.” In Michael Ruse, ed., The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Darwin and Evolutionary Thought. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
In press. “If I Could Talk to the Animals: Author’s Response.” Contribution to a review symposium in Metascience on The Simian Tongue.
2011. “Foreword: The Debate over Darwinism.” In M. Brinkworth and F. Weinert, eds., Evolution 2.0: Implications of Darwinism in Philosophy and the Social and Natural Sciences, pp. v-viii. Berlin: Springer.
2009. Edinburgh and Darwin’s Expression of the Emotions. 14pp. Pamphlet in the Dialogues with Darwin series. Edinburgh: Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh.
2008. Biographical article on W. H. Thorpe for the New Dictionary of Scientific Biography, (ed. Noretta Koertge), pp. 42-45. Detroit, MI: Charles Scribner’s Sons.
2008. “Historiographic Evidence and Confirmation.” With Mark Day. Blackwell’s Companion to the Philosophy of History and Historiography, pp. 87-97. ed. Aviezer Tucker. Oxford : Wiley-Blackwell.
2005. “The Case for Virtual History.” Introduction to a special feature (“What if?”) on counterfactuals in the history of science. New Scientist 187, no. 2513 (20 August 2005): 34-35
2004. Biographical articles on Alexander Bain, James Crichton-Browne, Thomas R. Malthus, C. Lloyd Morgan, F. Max Müller, and (with G. J. N. Gooday) Patrick Geddes, in The Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century British Scientists , ed. Bernard Lightman. 4 vols. Bristol: Thoemmes Press; Chicago: University of Chicago Press . I also served as supervisory editor for the human sciences entries in these volumes.
ESSAY REVIEWS AND OTHER EXTENDED REVIEWS
In press. “The Exemplary Kuhnian: Gould’s Structure Revisited.” Essay review-retrospective of S. J. Gould’s The Structure of Evolutionary Theory (2002). Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences.
2010. “Evidence-Based Darwinism.” Review of Elliott Sober’s Evidence and Evolution: The Logic Behind the Science. Biological Theory 5: 289-91.
2007. “The Ethologist’s World.” Essay review of R. W. Burkhardt, Jr., Patterns of Behavior: Konrad Lorentz, Niko Tinbergen, and the Founding of Ethology and H. Kruuk, Niko’s Nature. In Journal of the History of Biology 40: 565-575.
2005. “Deviance, Darwinian-Style.” Review of A. Lustig, R. J. Richards, and M. Ruse, eds., Darwinian Heresies. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press. In Metascience 14: 453-457.
2003. “Cultures of Evolutionary Biology.” Essay review of M. Ruse’s Mystery of Mysteries: Is Evolution a Social Construction? In Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 34: 187-200.
1998. “The Origin Unbound.” Essay review of D. Depew and B. Weber’s Darwinism Evolving and D. Amigoni and J. Wallace, eds, Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species: New Essays. In Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 29C: 349-357.
2011. Review of Julia Voss’ Darwin ‘s Pictures: Views of Evolutionary Theory, 1837-1874. Isis 102: 795-6
2011. Review of D. A. Kibee, ed., Chomskyan (R)evolutions. Historiographia Linguistica 38:432-5.
2009. Review of Ronald N. Giere’s Scientific Perspectivism and S. H. Kellert, H. F. Longino and C. Kenneth Waters, eds, Scientific Pluralism. Isis 100: 207-7.
2009. Review of Robert J. Richards’ The Tragic Sense of Life: Ernst Haeckel and the Struggle over Evolutionary Thought. History Today 59 (July): 66-7.
2009. Review of A. Desmond and J. Moore’s Darwin’s Sacred Cause: Race, Slavery and the Quest for Human Origins. Times Higher Education 12th Feb.
2008. Review of M. Boulter’s Darwin’s Garden: Down House and The Origin of Species. Times Higher Education 4th Sept.
2008. Review of J. Schwartz’s In Pursuit of the Gene: From Darwin to DNA. Times Higher Education 8th May
2008. Review of G. Levine’s Darwin Loves You: Natural Selection and the Re-enchantment of the World. Victorian Studies 50 (20): 329-331
2006. Review of D. Pauly’s, Darwin ‘s Fishes: An Encyclopedia of Ichthyology, Ecology and Evolution. Isis 97: 578-9.
2004. Review of G. Jones and R. A. Peel, eds., Herbert Spencer: The Intellectual Legacy. The Galton Institute Newsletter , no. 52 (September): 5-6.
2003. Review of J. Strick’s Sparks of Life and J. Strick, ed., Evolution and the Spontaneous Generation Debate. British Journal for the History of Science 36: 241-44.
2002. Review of N. W. Gillham’s A Life of Sir Francis Galton. Heredity 89: 328 (highlighted in the Genetics Subject Area at nature.com, October-November 2002).
2002. Review of I. Hacking’s The Social Construction of What? British Journal for the History of Science 35: 97-99.
2001. Review of A. C. Fabian, ed., Evolution. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 37: 293-95.
2001. Review of E. F. Keller’s The Century of the Gene. Heredity 86: 638-40.
2000. Review of S. Alter’s Darwinism and the Linguistic Image. British Journal for the History of Science 33: 122-24.
2000. Review of M. Rose’s Darwin’s Spectre. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 51: 499-505.
2000. Review of M. Ruse’s The Darwinian Revolution, 2nd rev. edn, Journal of the History of Biology 33: 399-401.
VIDEO AND AUDIO
“Lessons of the Galápagos.” Debating Darwin series, University of Chicago, 11 November 2011.
2011. Discovery on the BBC World Service.
2011. Animal Minds, Forum for European Philosophy Consilience public debate at the London School of Economics.
2010. Introduction. White Rose IPBio Symposium and Summer School, Intellectual Property and the Biosciences, University of Leeds