Claus Emmeche

Theoretical biologist, associate professor, director of the Center for the Philosophy of Nature and Science Studies at the Faculty of Science (CPNSS), University of Copenhagen. I am a member of a philosophy of science group at the Department of Science Education (IND), organizer of a continuing seminar in science studies (SiV) at the Niels Bohr Institute, and part of the group blog University Politics - universities as a public good.

Danish Homepage here.

Address:
CPNSS, Niels Bohr Institute, Blegdamsvej 17, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
Email address (here). Phone: +45 35 32 53 47 Fax: +45 35 32 50 16. Web: http://www.nbi.dk/~emmeche/


Research interests (and a few related links):

The moving target of my research is indicated by these keywords: General philosophy of science, especially biology (I have done work on emergence and levels of organization in biosystems, and on the philosophy artificial life); Biosemiotics (a wildly growing field I desperately try to follow, see links below) as an alternative philosophy of nature; and Science Studies.
     Regarding science studies my focus has increasingly been the institutional framework of research: In recent years the Danish university system has changed radically towards a more entrepreneurial and managerial regime (like in many other countries), with consequences for academic freedom and the traditional ways of securing quality and independence of research. I am interested in the consequences of this shift, not only for academic freedom, but for the whole institutional setting of public, governmental and private research. (A spin-off project is the blog "University Politics - universities as a public good").
     As this is a huge subject, I have recently chosen "science studies of academic dismissals" as a sub-speciality, with Denmark as a case of a nation who had never known genuine tenure at the university, but where one now experiences a decrease of the little employment security there was.


Publications:        List of English publications.        List of Danish publications.

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