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Samir Okasha elected to British Academy

20 July 2018

Professor of Philosophy, Samir Okasha has been made a Fellow of the British Academy.

The 2018 Fellows were announced today: https://www.britac.ac.uk/news/record-number-academics-elected-british-academy

Election as a British Academy Fellow is recognition of achievement in the humanities and social sciences. Samir joins the Philosophy section of the British Academy and will work with his fellow Fellows to lead the discipline in the UK.

 
Samir Okasha offers a philosophical perspective on evolutionary biology in Agents and Goals in Evolution. His focus is on "agential thinking", which is a mode of thought commonly employed in evolutionary biology. The paradigm case of agential thinking involves treating an evolved organism as if it were an agent pursuing a goal, such as survival or reproduction, and treating its phenotypic traits as strategies for achieving that goal, or furthering its biological interests.
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