Evaluating Biodiversity

International conference

“Evaluating Biodiversity”

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Dipartimento di Scienze di Base e Fondamenti, Università di Urbino
2015 June 22-23

Description. Since its appearance in 1986 in the United States, the term “biodiversity” spread at the rate of an invasive species. On the one hand, the use of the term has been criticized because it conveys a non genuinely scientific notion; on the other hand, the need of conserving biodiversity is seen as an imperative. The multifaceted, and problematic, nature of the term gave rise to different types of discourses, involving multiple disciplines. To these discourses, and in particular those concerning the economic worth of biodiversity, its scientific assessment, and its ethical and aesthetical significance, is devoted this conference. The approach is interdisciplinary, encouraging dialogue among scholars coming from the philosophy of science, biology, ecology, ethics, political science, as well as artists and food specialists. The conference aims at being accessible also to non-experts

Program

June 22
09.15- 09.45, Elena Casetta (University of Lisbon, PT / LabOnt, IT)
Introduction. Biodiversity and its discourses
09.45 – 10.30, Marco Nathan (University of Denver, CO, USA)
Is biodiversity a truly interdisciplinary field?
10.30 – 11.15, Julien Delord (IHPST (CNRS/ Université Paris 1 Sorbonne), FR)
Biodiversity: a concept without theory?
11.15 – 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 – 12.15 Philippe Huneman (IHPST (CNRS/ Université Paris 1 Sorbonne), FR)
Between explanans and explanandum: biodiversity and the theoretical unity of ecology
12.15 – 13.00 Silvia Caianiello (ISPF – CNR, IT)
Biodiversity in a post-equilibrium ecology: History and consequences of a conceptual shift
Lunch
15.00 – 15.45 Stefano Tiozzo (Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche-sur-Mer, FR)
Evolution of developmental strategies, and marine diversity: lessons from sea squirts
15.45 – 16.30 Jorge Marques da Silva (University of Lisbon, PT)
Setting conservation targets: a values-based comparison between the American and European core legislation
16.30 – 16.45 Coffee break
16. 45 – 17.30 Anouk Barberousse (Université Lille 1, FR)
Natural history in the age of urgency
Dinner

June 23
10.00 – 10.45 Ludovica Lorusso (University of Sassari, IT)
Human diversity and race: what makes race a biological reality?
10.45 – 11.30 Andrea Borghini (College of the Holy Cross, MA, USA)
Human diets and the creation, co-optation, and preservation of biodiversity
11.30 – 11.45 Coffee break
11.45 – 12.30 Chris Haufe (Case Western Reserve University, OH, USA)
Biological hierarchy and conservation ethics
12.30 – 13.15 Helena Siipi (University of Turku, FI)
Unnatural biodiversity?
13.15 – 13.30 Conclusive remarks
Lunch
Afternoon activities
Conservatorio of Pesaro
David Monacchi: Fragments of Extinctions

Main sponsor: Università di Urbino

Participating Institutions:
CFCUL (Centro de Filosofia das Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa)
HES (Hesam Université. Hautes études Sorbonne arts et métiers)
IHPST (Institut d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques)
ISPF (Istituto per la Storia del Pensiero Filosofico e scientifico moderno, CNR)
LABONT (Laboratory for Ontology, University of Turin)

Scientific Director: Prof. Vincenzo Fano

Executive Committee: Andrea Borghini, Claudio Calosi, Elena Casetta, Pierluigi Graziani

Scientific Committee: Maria Balsamo (Università degli Studi di Urbino), Gian Italo Bischi (Università degli Studi di Urbino), Andrea Borghini (College of the Holy Cross), Claudio Calosi (Università degli Studi di Urbino), Elena Casetta (University of Lisbon, PT / University of Turin), Vincenzo Fano (Università degli Studi di Urbino), Almo Farina (Università degli Studi di Urbino), Pierluigi Graziani (Università G. D’Annunzio di Chieti-Pescara), Sara Matera (Università degli Studi di Urbino), Gino Tarozzi (Università degli studi di Urbino), Mattia Tonelli (Università degli Studi di Urbino).

For further info write to:
claudio.calosi@uniurb.it
pierluigi.graziani@uniurb.it
aborghin@holycross.edu