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Andrew Buskell

Research Fellow and Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Andrew Buskell is a research fellow on the Templeton-funded project 'Putting the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis to the Test'. He received his PhD from the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge in 2016, with his dissertation winning Clare Hall's Salje Medal for best dissertation in the Arts and Social Sciences. Before re-joining the department in Lent 2017, Andrew taught for two years at the London School of Economics and Political Science (2015–2017) and was a Junior Research Fellow at the Munich Centre for Mathematical Philosophy at LMU Munich (2016). Recently he was also a visiting researcher at the Centre for Cultural Evolution at Stockholm University (2017–2018) and the Australian National University (2018).

Andrew's current research looks at issues both in the philosophy of science and in the biological, cognitive, and social sciences. Current projects are focused on investigations into the theoretical, conceptual, and modelling resources of the extended evolutionary synthesis, particularly as these apply to causal and metaphysical reasoning in evolutionary biology. Andrew also has interests in the formal mathematical models of cultural evolutionary theory, and the role of culture in the evolution of cognitive novelties.

In 2019, Andrew will take up a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, also at HPS. The project supported by this fellowship is aimed at understanding the metaphysical assumptions at work in empirical and normative domains that assume well-individuated cultures.

Research interests

General Philosophy of Science; Philosophy of the Biological, Cognitive, and Social Sciences


'Causes of Cultural Disparity: Switches, Tuners, and the Cognitive Science of Religion.' Philosophical Psychology, 31(8), 1239–1264. (2018).

'Beyond Brain Size: Uncovering the Neural Correlates of Behavioral and Cognitive Specialization.' Comparative Cognition & Behavior Reviews, 13, 55–90 (2018). (With Logan, CJ, S Avin, N Boogert, FR Cross, A Currie, S Jelbert, D Lukas, R Mares, AF Navarette, S Shigeno, and SH Montgomery).

'Cultural Attractor Theory and Explanation.' Philosophy, Theory, and Practice in Biology, 9(13), 1–20 (2017).

'What are cultural attractors?' Biology and Philosophy, 32(3), 377–394 (2017).

'How to be Skilful: Opportunistic Robustness and Normative Sensitivity.' Synthese, 192(5), pp. 1445–1466. (2015).

Andrew Buskell