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Shan, Yafeng


I am a PhD student in Philosophy of Science at University College London. My main interests lie general philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, epistemology. In addition, I am also interested in metaphysics, philosophy of language, Plato, and history of science. The provisional title of my PhD thesis is "Exemplarising Science: A Case Study of Classical Genetics". I aim to propose and defend an exemplar-based account of classical genetics as a case against the THEORY-centric view of science. 

I am also a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London. This year I am tutoring the module Philosophy of Science 1 (HPSC1003). Currently I am organising The Metaphysical and Scientific Club (a philosophy of science reading group), and Work in Progress Seminar in Department of Science and Technology Studies. All are welcome. 


Selected Presentations


“What Entities Exist? A Lesson from the ‘Gene’”, “New Thinking about Scientific Realism” Conference, Cape Town, South Africa


“Kuhn’s Wrong Turning Revisited”, The 10th International Congress of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science, Ghent, Belgium


“Reconsidering Mendel’s Pisum”, The 9th UK Annual Integrated History and Philosophy of Science Workshop, University of Leeds, UK

08/07/2013 “Against Theory-Centric Classical Genetics”, International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology Biennial Conference 2013, Montpellier, France

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