Department of PhilosophyWestern Arts and Humanities

Eric Desjardins


Assistant Professor

Member, Rotman Institute of Philosophy

Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Biology, Environmental Philosophy and Bioethics

Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 87769
Office: Stevenson Hall, Room 2130
Website: Rotman Institute of Philosophy

I am a philosopher of science specializing in conceptual and epistemological issues arising in biological studies. My research is interdisciplinary and ranges from understanding the meaning and consequences of historical contingency in evolution and ecology, to inference from models to natural systems in immunology and geomorphology, and to developing new perspectives for understanding and building resilient social-ecological systems. 

I am happy to supervise students working in philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, and environmental philosophy.


Some recent publications

Barker, Gillian, Eric Desjardins and Trevor Pearce (eds.) (2013) Entangled Life : Organism and Environment in the Biological and Social Sciences, Springer Series: History, Philosophy & Theory of the Life Sciences. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Desjardins, Eric (2015) “Historicity and Ecological Restoration”, Biology and Philosophy 30: 77-98

Desjardins, Eric, Gillian Barker, Zoe Lindo, Catherine Dieleman, Antoine Dussault (2015) “Promoting Resilience”, Quarterly Review of Biology 90(2): 147-167