4. Epigenesis: Between Science and Humanities

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Monday April 27th 2015 5:15 -7:30 pm

NYU London 6 Bedford Sq. WC1B 3RA

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This workshop will explore the relevance of scientific discoveries in the natural history of life for the teaching of philosophy. It will introduce the human genome as “the greatest text” to discuss the implications of epigenetics and knowledge about genetics for education (Julia Kovas), health (Valerie Wells), and the teaching of philosophy in the Liberal Arts curriculum (Mahnaz Yousefzadeh).


Yulia Kovas is Professor of Genetics and Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Director of InLab, http://www.inlab.co.uk and Institute for Research in Human Development at Tomsk State University, and the Laboratory for Cognitive Investigations and Behavioural Genetics. http://www.goldsmiths.ac.uk/psychology/staff/kovas.phpDirector of Laboratory for Cognitive Investigations and Behavioural Genetics: http://cogbglab.tsu.ru/Co-Director of the Russian-British Laboratory for Behavioural Genetics: http://rbbglab.ru/index.php/en/

Valerie Wells lecturer at NYU London and a research scientist with collaborative studies at King’s College and Cancer Research UK, London, and G.D’Annunzio University and La Sapienza University, Italy. Her research is focused on defining differences in the signalling pathways which operate in normal and cancer cells.

Mahnaz Yousefzadeh (chair) teaches Humanities at Global Liberal Studies, New York University. She is the recipient of an NYU CDFC (2014-2015) to create a series of experiential and interdisciplinary workshops on teaching the Great Texts. She teaches and has published on genealogies of contemporary culture.


1.Stella Sandford SEX of NATURAL HISTORY

2.  Stella Sandford: “Spontaneous Generation, The fantasy of the birth of concepts in Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason.”  rp179_aerticle2_sandford_spontaneousgeneration


One thought on “4. Epigenesis: Between Science and Humanities

  1. Some ideas about epigenetics:

    Best case scenario- individually tailored education and healthcare etc, allowing people to reach their potentials (with success more broadly defined)

    Epigenetics might redefine the boundary between individual and society, between developing child and mother etc
    For perception of self e.g. I’m an identical twin – epigenetics provides a mechanism for explaining very early constitutional differences – there is no such thing as identical!

    Dangerous if people interpret it as genes not being important / anyone can do anything with right environmental influences – we are not 100% plastic


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