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D:\Profiles\bruulsemaP\Desktop\Photo (MacLeod).jpg Dr. MILES MACLEOD

Department of Philosophy,

University of Twente

P.O. Box 217 (Office: Cubicus C313)

7500 AE Enschede

The Netherlands

Phone: +31 (0)53 489 5469

E-mail: m.a.j.macleod@utwente.nl

BACKGROUND

Miles MacLeod is an assistant professor for Philosophy of Science at the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente. He holds an undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics (University of Sydney) and doctoral degree in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Vienna (2010), as well as a Masters in HPS from Utrecht University (2006). Miles has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Georgia Institute of Technology (US), and the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence for the Philosophy of the Social Sciences.

RESEARCH

Miles is philosopher of scientific practice and philosopher of interdisciplinarity committed to understanding model-building practices in modern technological and interdisciplinary science; in particular in modern biomedical engineering and computational biology, and in the environmental sciences. He uses empirical methods (qualitative and ethnographic studies) and cognitive analysis to track and examine model-building practices amongst researchers in these technological and interdisciplinary contexts. Understanding these transformations can help us better frame the affordances and limits of technological and mathematical methods for studying complex systems, and the methodological and cognitive constraints and affordances of collaborative approaches. Miles’ research identifies model-based and experimental strategies for handling such constraints, and the kinds of educational tools required to train researchers from diverse backgrounds to operate in these complex often large scale research environments.

INTERESTS

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Model Validity and Validation

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Scientific Cognition

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Philosophy of Biology and the Bio-engineering Sciences

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Philosophy of Environmental Sciences

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Interdisciplinarity

Master’s students if you interested in a thesis topic connected with interdisciplinarity, scientific modeling, bio-engineering technology and design, or environmental science feel free to come for a chat.

TEACHING

Introduction to Philosophy of Science (Masters Level)

Philosophy of Science and Technological Relations (Masters Level)

Philosophy of Science and Engineering for Civil Engineers

Philosophy of Science and Engineering for Applied Mathematicians

Controversies and Uncertainties in Science and Engineering (High Tech Human Touch programme)

KEY PUBLICATIONS

MacLeod, M. (2016). What makes interdisciplinarity difficult? Some consequences of domain specificity in interdisciplinary practice. Synthese (forthcoming)

MacLeod, M., & Nersessian, N. J. (2016). Interdisciplinary problem-solving: emerging modes in integrative systems biology. European Journal for Philosophy of Science (forthcoming).

MacLeod, M., & Nagatsu, M. (2016). Model coupling in resource economics: conditions for effective interdisciplinary collaboration. Philosophy of Science, 83(3), 412-433.affordances and gain of such a practice.

MacLeod, M. (2016). Heuristic approaches to models and modeling in systems biology. Biology & Philosophy, 31(3), 353-372.

MacLeod, M. and Nersessian, N. J. (2014). Strategies for Coordinating Experimentation and Modeling in Integrative Systems Biology, Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B, 322(4), 230–239.MacLeod M and Nersessian N J (2013) Building Simulations from the Ground-Up: Modeling and Theory in Systems Biology, Philosophy of Science 80 (4), 533–556.

MacLeod M and Nersessian N J (2013) Coupling Simulation and Experiment: The Bimodal Strategy in Integrative Systems Biology, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C – Biological and Biomedical Science 44, 572-584.

PROGRAMME COMMITTEES

Program Committee (2016-2017) – Biannual Conference: European Society for Philosophy of Science (venue: University of Exeter, UK; 2017)

Program Committee (2016-2017) - Interdisciplinary Futures: Open the Social Sciences 20 years later (venue: Galouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal; 2017)

AID Organizing Committee – Agora for Interdisciplinary Debate, TINT, University of Helsinki

WORKSHOP ORGANIZATION

Co-organizer with Martina Merz, Uskali Mäki and Michiru Nagatsu, Workshop: Investigating Interdisciplinary Practice: Methodological Challenges, June 15-17, 2015 Helsinki (Finland).

Co-organizer with Tarja Knuuttila. "Biology needs more than biologists: How do engineers, mathematicians, computer scientists and biologists fit into one tent?" discussed by Merja Penttilä (Research professor, VTT Techical Research Centre of Finland), Sampsa Hautaniemi (Professor of systems biology, University of Helsinki), and Kai Lindstöm (Åbo Akademi, Professor of ecology and environmental sciences). AID – Agora for Interdisicplinary Debate, TINT, University of Helsinki, March 3, 2014.

Co-organizer and presenter with Thomas Reydon (Hannover) and Maria Frapollí (Granada), Workshop: "Natural kinds in philosophy and in the life sciences: scholastic twilight or new dawn?" University of Granada/KLI, workshop, September 7-9, 2011

Co-organizer and presenter: workshop, Language as a Scientific Tool: Managing Language as a Variable of Practice and Presentation in History, Academy of Sciences, Vienna, November 29-30, 2010.

Organizer of symposium and presenter, “Scientific Concepts in the Research Process” for the Second conference of the EPSA (European Philosophy of Science Association), October 2009.

JOURNAL REVIEWING

Synthese

Studies in the History and Philosophy of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences

British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

Journal of Learning, Culture and Social Interactions

Biology and Philosophy

European Journal of Philosophy of Science

Journal of Consciousness Studies

Science and Technology Studies

Erkenntnis

PUBLICATIONS

Refereed articles

MacLeod, M. (2016). What makes interdisciplinarity difficult? Some consequences of domain specificity in interdisciplinary practice. Synthese (accepted) S

MacLeod, M., & Nersessian, N. J. (2016). Interdisciplinary problem-solving: emerging modes in integrative systems biology. European Journal for Philosophy of Science (published online DOI 10.1007/s13194-016-0161-1) S

MacLeod, M. (2016). Heuristic approaches to models and modeling in systems biology. Biology & Philosophy, 31(3), 353-372. S

MacLeod, M., & Nagatsu, M. (2016). Model coupling in resource economics: conditions for effective interdisciplinary collaboration. Philosophy of Science, 83(3), 412-433. S

MacLeod, M. and Nersessian, N. J. (2015). Modeling Systems-Level Dynamics: Understanding without Mechanistic Explanation in Integrative Systems Biology, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C – Biological and Biomedical Science, 49(1), p 1-11. S

MacLeod, M. and Nersessian, N. J. (2014). Strategies for Coordinating Experimentation and Modeling in Integrative Systems Biology, Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B, 322(4), 230–239. S

MacLeod, M. and Nersessian, N. J. (2013). Coupling Simulation and Experiment: The Bimodal Strategy in Integrative Systems Biology, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C – Biological and Biomedical Science, 44, 572-584. S

MacLeod, M. and Nersessian, N. J. (2013). Building Simulations from the Ground-Up: Modeling and Theory in Systems Biology, Philosophy of Science 80 (4), 533–556. S

Michael, J. and MacLeod, M. (2013). Applying the Causal Theory of Reference to Intentional Concepts, Philosophy of Science, 80(2), 212-230.

MacLeod, M. and Nersessian, N. J. (2013). The Creative Industry of Integrative Systems Biology, Mind and Society, 12(1), 35-48. S

MacLeod, M. (2013). Limitations of natural-kind talk in the life sciences: Homology and other cases, Biological Theory, 7(2), 109-120.

MacLeod, M. and Reydon, T. (2013). Natural kinds in philosophy and in the life sciences: scholastic twilight or new dawn? Biological Theory 7(2), 89-99.

MacLeod. M, (2012). How to Compare Homology Concepts! Class Reasoning about Evolution and Morphology in Phylogenetics and Developmental Biology, Biological Theory, 6(2), 141-153.

Non-refereed articles

Mäki, U., MacLeod, M. (2016), Interdisciplinarity in action: philosophy of science perspectives, European Journal for Philosophy of Science (published online DOI 10.1007/s13194-016-0161-1 )

Bertolaso, M. and MacLeod, M. (2016). Introduction - In Silico Modeling: the Human Factor 30: 1-5

Methot, P.O., MacLeod, M., Bauer, S., Groß, F., and Nicoglou, A. (2010). Meeting Disciplinary Boundaries: Towards a more Inclusive Philosophy of the Life Sciences. Biological Theory 5(3): 1-3.

MacLeod., M. (2010) The “epistemic-only” view of natural kinds: a reply to Thomas Reydon. Stadler F (Ed.), The Present Situation in the Philosophy of Science. Springer: Dordrecht.

Stadler, F., Romizi, D. and MacLeod, M. (2009). The Present Situation in the Philosophy of Science: Opening Conference of the ESF-Research Networking Programme, “The Philosophy of Science in a European Perspective” (University of Vienna, December 18–20, 2008),” Journal for General Philosophy of Science. 40(1), 129-136.

Books

MacLeod, M., Sumillera, R. G., Surman, J., & Smirnova, E. (Eds.). (2016). Language as a Scientific Tool: Shaping Scientific Language Across Time and National Traditions. New York: Routledge.

Book chapters

MacLeod M, Reassessing Systems Biology in the light of Uncertainty: The Limits of Computation, In eds. Lenhard, J. and Carrier, M., Mathematics as Tool (accepted, Boston Studies in Philosophy of Science).

MacLeod, M. and Nersessian, N. J. (2017). Models and Simulations. Magnani L and Bertolotti, T. (Eds.), Handbook of Model-Based Science (in press, Springer).

MacLeod, M. (2016). How Language became a Tool: The Reconceptualisation of Language and the Empirical Turn in 17th Century Britain. In eds. MacLeod, M., Sumillera, R., Surman, J. and Smirnova, E. Language as a Scientific Tool. New York: Routledge.

MacLeod, M. (2015). Managing complexity: model-building in systems biology and its challenges for philosophy of science. Bertalaso M. (Ed.). The Future of Scientific Practice: Bio-Techno-Logos. Pickering & Chatto: London. S

MacLeod, M. (2012). “Rethinking scientific concepts for research contexts: The case of the classical gene,” in eds. Steinle F and Feest U, Scientific Concepts and Investigative Practice (De Gruyter: Berlin)

Edited Special Issues

Mäki, U. and MacLeod, M. (2016). Interdisciplinarity in action: Philosophy of science perspectives, European Journal of Philosophy of Science (published online DOI 10.1007/s13194-016-0161-1 )

Bertolaso, M. and MacLeod, M. (2016). In Silico Modeling: the Human Factor. Humana Mente: Journal of Philosophical Studies 30

MacLeod, M. and Reydon, T. (2013). Natural kinds in philosophy and in the life sciences: scholastic twilight or new dawn? Biological Theory 7(2)

Conference Proceedings

MacLeod, M. (2010). “What models do for Descartes!,” Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science

Book Reviews

MacLeod, M. (2015). “Modernizing Philosophy of Science for the philosopher and student alike,” review of Kitcher P and Barker G (2013), Philosophy of Science: A new Introduction (Oxford University Press: Oxford), in Metascience

MacLeod, M. (2014). Following through on naturalistic approaches to natural kinds, review of P. D. Magnus: Scientific enquiry and natural kinds: From planets to mallards. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, in Metascience 23: 335–338.

MacLeod, M. (2013). Perhaps essentialism is not so essential: at least not for natural kinds, review of Campbell, J.K., O'Rourke, M., and Slater, M.H. (Eds) (2011) Carving Nature at Its Joints: Natural Kinds in Metaphysics and Science, MIT Press: Cambridge, MA, Metascience 22: 293–296.

MacLeod M (2012), review of Eds. Michael Heidelberger, Gregor Schiemann, The Significance of the Hypothetical in the Natural Sciences (Berlin, De Gruyter, 2009), in ed. Stadler F., Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook (Springer: Dordrecht).

Stadler F and MacLeod M (2009) review of Stefano Gattei, Karl Popper's Philosophy of Science: Rationality Without Foundations, reviewed in: Philosophical Reviews 2009.07.35.

MacLeod M (2007) review of Theodore Arabatzis, Representing Electrons: A Biographical Approach to Theoretical Entities (Chicago, University of Chicago, 2006), in Studies In History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies In History and Philosophy of Modern Physics (2007) 38(1), pp. 226-229.