Speaker Series: Moira Howes
Agency and the Evolution of Human Reproductive Immune Functions
Join us this April for a talk by Moira Howes, of Trent University. A variety of problematic assumptions about human biology in the environment of evolutionary adaptation are made in evolutionary and immunological accounts of reproductive immunology. Drawing on evidence from numerous scientific fields, Howes will argue that these assumptions are scientifically flawed and that they involve substantial oversights.
The lecture takes place on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 3:30pm EST in the Chu International Centre, Western Student Services Building (WSS) 2130 at Western University.
The lecture is free, and open to the public, and will also be streamed live online on this page (see below).
Moira Howes is Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Trent University. After her BSc (Guelph) in biology and eight months in an immunology Master’s program (Guelph), she transferred to the arts for her PhD (Western University) to study the conceptual foundations of science and problems in scientific reasoning.
Howes’ areas of specialization include philosophy of science (especially biology), epistemology, and metaphysics. Her research addresses biological self identity, the role of values and philosophical concepts in the field of immunology, and conceptual issues related to gender in evolutionary biology and immunology.
Currently, she is writing about intellectual virtues and intellectual emotions in scientific reasoning, using work in immunology, evolutionary biology, and environmental science as case examples. The goal of this research is to improve the quality of debate concerning science and science policy in the public domain.
Her most recent publications include “Menstrual Function, Menstrual Suppression and the Immunology of the Human Female Reproductive Tract” in Perspectives (2010) and “Conceptualizing the Maternal-Fetal Relationship” in Reproductive Immunology (2008).