Anya Plutynski

  • Visiting Distinguished Professor

Anya Plutynski is visiting Pitt HPS in spring 2019 from Washington University St. Louis. She is a historian and philosopher of biology who has written on the role of modeling in science, scientific explanation, metaphors in science, abduction, appeals to parsimony in evolutionary theorizing, and the role of chance in evolutionary biology.

Her coedited book, with Sahotra Sarkar, A Companion to the Philosophy of Biology, is a collection of concise overviews of philosophical issues raised by all areas of biology.

Her book Explaining Cancer develops a view of cancer as a heterogeneous natural kind, and uses cancer research as a case study for testing competing philosophical views of causation and scientific explanation.

Education & Training

  • PhD. University of Pennsylvania