Project development

 December 2015

  • Ciprian Jeler: “On the Relevance of Multi-level Selection Theory for the Theory of Evolution”, Invited talk given at the “Francisc I. Rainer” Anthropology Institute of the Romanian Academy, Bucharest, 2 December 2015

January 2016

  • Abstract submitted to an international conference

March 2016

  • Ciprian Jeler: “Types of environments and multi-level selection”, Philosophy of Science Between the Natural Sciences, the Social Sciences and the Humanities – International Conference of the Gesellschaft für Wissenschaftsphilosophie, 8 – 11 March 2016, University of Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Abstract submitted to an international conference

April 2016

  • Mihail-Valentin Cernea joins the research team as post-doctoral researcher

May 2016

  • Paper submitted to an important international peer-reviwed journal (Web of Science)

June 2016

  • Mihai Cernea: “Supraorganismal selection in Darwin’s Origin of Species. An avenue for a better understanding”, 3rd Postgraduate Conference on Logic and Philosophy of Science of the Italian Society for Logic and the Philosophy of Science (SILFS), 30 May – 1 June 2016, University of Urbino, Italy 

July 2016

  • Ciprian Jeler: “Frameworks for understanding natural selection and their impacts on multi-level selection theory”, British Society for the Philosophy of Science 2016 Annual Conference, 7 – 8 July 2016, Cardiff University, UK
  • Ciprian Jeler: “Security and populations. The issue of autoregulation”. Workshop co-organized (with Corneliu Bilba) at Peuples et populismes. Demos, ethnos, ochlos – 16th European Summer University of the OFFRES Network, 21 – 27 July 2016, University of Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Virgil Iordache joins the research team as PhD student

September 2016

  • Abstract submitted to an international conference (but taking place in Romania)

October 2016

  • Abstract submitted to a national conference

November 2016

  • Ciprian Jeler: “Translating Darwinism for the socio-political domain: on some (mis)interpretative strategies of social darwinists”, Translation and interpretation – 8th Edition of the national colloquium of the Center for Hermeneutics, Phenomenology and Practical Philosophy, 10 – 11 November 2016, “Al. I. Cuza” University of Iaşi, Romania
  • The paper presented at this colloquium has also been accepted for publication in the journal (indexed in Web of Science) in which the proceedings of the colloquium will be published
  • Mihai Cernea: “What is a Biological Explanation? Between Aristotle and Darwin”, International Conference 2400 Aristotle, 25-26 November 2016, University of Bucharest, Romania

  December 2016

  • The major revisions requested by an important international peer-reviewed journal (Web of Science) for the first paper submitted during the project have been finalized and the paper has been resubmitted
  • Ciprian Jeler: “Traduire le darwinisme dans le domaine sociopolitique: sur quelques stratégies (més)interprétatives à l’oeuvre dans le darwinisme social”. Article published in Hermeneia, no. 17/2016, pp. 204-220 (journal indexed in Web of Science). Link:

 January 2017

  • Paper submitted to a journal indexed in ERIH PLUS
  • CfP launched for contributions to a collective volume
  • Two abstracts submitted to international conferences

April 2017

  • Mihai Cernea: “Darwin’s ant problem. Group selection in the Origin of species” – Article accepted for publication in Annals of the University of Bucharest – Philosophy Series (journal indexed in ERIH PLUS)
  • Paula-Alexandra Postu joins the research team as PhD student

June 2017

August 2017

  • Ciprian Jeler: “Groups and their fitness in multi-level selection theory”, ECAP9 – The ninth European Congress of Analytic Philosophy, LMU Munich, 21-26 August 2017

September 2017

  • Ciprian Jeler: “Group fitness and group productivity: a critical assessment of this relationship”, EPSA17 – The 2017 Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association, University of Exeter, 6-9 September 2017 (poster presentation).
  • The collective volume Multilevel Selection and the Theory of Evolution – Historical and Conceptual Issues, edited by Ciprian Jeler, is accepted for publication by Palgrave Macmillan.

November 2017

  • Article on the notions of “group fitness” and “group productivity” submitted by Ciprian Jeler to a major international journal of philosophy of science (indexed in Web of Science)
  • Paula Postu and Ciprian Jeler: „Group fitness1 and evolution by natural selection”, The XIIth Edition of the Symposium „Ecology and Protection of Ecosystems”, „V. Alecsandri” University, Bacău, 2-4 November 2017 (poster presentation)

December 2017

  • Manuscript of the collective volume Multilevel Selection and the Theory of Evolution – Historical and Conceptual Issues (edited by Ciprian Jeler) sent to Palgrave Macmillan.