Eric Desjardins

Associate Professor

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

Office: Western Interdisciplinary Research Building (WIRB), Room 7168
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.

Recent Publications


"Ecological Historicity, Novelty and Functionality in the Anthropocene", (with G. Barker & J. Donhauser). In Environmental Values 28 (3), 2019:275-303.

"On the Meaning of Biological Contingencies for Human Lives". In Philosophy, Theory, and Practice in Biology 11 (2019).

"Ecological Historicity, Functional Goals, and Novelty in the Anthropocene", (with G. Barker & J. Donhauser). In Environmental Values (2018).

"Historicity and ecological restoration". In Biology and Philosophy 30 (1), 2015:77-98.