Dr. Boris Demarest

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Contact Details

Philosophisches Seminar – Room 1.19
Heidelberg University
Schulgasse 6
D-69117 Heidelberg
E-mail: boris.demarest[at]uni-heidelberg.de
Tel.: +49 6221 54 2484

 

Office Hours

Appointment only

 

Teaching and Research

History of Philosophy, especially Kant and early modern philosophy
History and philosophy of science, especially of the life sciences
 

My current research concerns the role of the concept of “nature”, and the concomitant oppositions between the natural and the supernatural, the natural and the counter- or preternatural, and the natural and the artificial in early modern metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of nature. In addition, I am conducting research on the history, development, and current relevance of philosophical and scientific conceptions of the nature of the living and the organic, as well as of their place in nature. Finally, I am currently researching the development of distinct conceptions of science and their relevance for the scientific inquiry into life.

 

Recent Publications

Demarest, B. (accepted). “Spontaneous Generation in Early Modern Philosophy and Science”. In: Jalobeanu D., Wolfe C. (eds) Encyclopedia of Early Modern Philosophy and the Sciences. Springer, Cham.

van den Berg, H. & Demarest, B. (accepted). “Axiomatic Natural Philosophy and the Emergence of Biology as a Science”. Journal of the History of Biology 54(3).

Bognon-Küss C., Demarest B. (2020) “Intussusception”. In: Jalobeanu D., Wolfe C. (eds) Encyclopedia of Early Modern Philosophy and the Sciences. Springer, Cham.
    https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-20791-9_547-1

Demarest B. (2020) “Epigenesis”. In: Jalobeanu D., Wolfe C. (eds) Encyclopedia of Early Modern Philosophy and the Sciences. Springer, Cham.
    https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-20791-9_281-1

McLaughlin P., Demarest B. (2020) “Newtonianism and the Life Sciences”. In: Jalobeanu D., Wolfe C. (eds) Encyclopedia of Early Modern Philosophy and the Sciences. Springer, Cham
    https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-20791-9_98-1

Demarest B. (2020) “Harvey, William”. In: Jalobeanu D., Wolfe C. (eds) Encyclopedia of Early Modern Philosophy and the Sciences. Springer, Cham
    https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-20791-9_289-1

Demarest, B. (2019). “Charles Wolfe, La philosophie de la biologie avant la biologie. Une histoire du vitalisme”. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 41(38).
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s40656-019-0276-8

Demarest, B. (2019). “The New Axiomatic Method: Bachelard on the Meaning and Deformation of Concepts”, Parrhesia 31: 207-231.
    https://www.parrhesiajournal.org/parrhesia31/parrhesia31_demarest.pdf

Demarest, B. (2017) “Kant’s Epigenesis: Specificity and Developmental Constraints”, History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 39:3.

    https://doi.org/10.1007/s40656-017-0129-2

Demarest, B. & Wolfe, C. T. (2017) "The organism as reality or as fiction: Buffon and beyond", History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 39:2.
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s40656-016-0128-8

Courses taught at Heidelberg University

Leibniz und Locke über Ideen: Leibniz‘ Neue Abhandlungen über den menschlichen Verstand und der Rationalismus-Empirismus-Gegensatz (Hauptseminar, Sommersemester 2020)

Die Natur und die Entwicklung der Wissenschaft. Eine Einführung in die Wissenschaftsphilosophie (Proseminar, Sommersemester 2020)

Kants Kritik der teleologischen Urteilskraft (Hauptseminar, Wintersemester 2019-2020)

Die mechanistische Philosophie im 17. Jahrhundert (Proseminar, Wintersemester 2019-2020)

Spinoza: theoretische Philosophie (Hauptseminar, Sommersemester 2019)

Leibniz: theoretische Philosophie (Proseminar, Sommersemester 2019)

Philosophy of Biology (Hauptseminar, Wintersemester 2018-2019)

Französische historische Epistemologie (Proseminar, Wintersemester 2018-2019)

 

Curriculum Vitae

PhD, Ghent University, 2016
Docent, University of Amsterdam, 2016-2018
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Heidelberg University, 2018-

 

 

 

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