Due to the significant attention being devoted to epigenetics across so many scientific disciplines, the science behind epigenetic processes is being worked out in greater and greater detail all the time. However, the elaboration of the philosophical implications of epigenetics is still in its infancy. Epigenetics posits a number of unique ontologies which fundamentally challenge many of the cornerstone concepts of Western thought: In addition to the science-based challenges epigenetics presents to many of the fundamental tenets of both genetics and evolutionary theory, epigenetics also challenges the conventional separations between the internal and the external (e.g., human and nature), past and present, and cause and effect. These challenges from epigenetics – especially because they emanate from a basis in science – present a number of interesting philosophical conundrums that have yet to be addressed. Discussions of these more philosophical questions will be categorized under “Philosophy” and can be found below or by using the Categories list located on the righthand margin of this blog.
The Immanent Self: Epigenetics, Modern Liberalism and Spinoza
Epigenetics and Adaptation: The Ethics of Evolution
The Reception of Epigenetics: More like Mendel or Darwin?
The Trans-ideological Potential of Epigenetics
The History of Epigenetics and the Science of Social Progress
Epigenetics and Ideology
The True Political Impact of Epigenetics
Epigenetics, ethics and the evolution of science
Epigenetics and the Extended Synthesis
The Genetics of the Ethics of the Science of Genetics
Epigenetics Minority Report Part I: Epigenetics, blame, precrime and politics
Epigenetics as a Political Revolution?
More Than Just Science I: The Challenges of Epigenetics to our Traditional Ethics
More Than Just Science II: The Challenges of Epigenetics to our Traditional Ethics
More Than Just Science III: The Challenges of Epigenetics to our Traditional Ethics
More Than Science IV: The Challenges of Epigenetics to our Traditional Ethics
Epigenetics as a Bridge Between the Natural and the Social Sciences?
Epigenetics By Any Other Name? What Epigenetics Should and Should Not Be
Epigenetics and Environmental Ethics I
Epigenetics and Environmental Ethics II: The Ancient Greeks and the Romans
Epigenetics and Environmental Ethics III: Genetics and the Rise of Christianity
Epigenetics and Environmental Ethics IV: Did Aristotle and Aquinas Discover DNA
History Part I: A Brief History of Epigenetics
History Part II: Epigenetics and the Politics of Science
History Part III: Epigenetics and the Dustbin of History
Epigenetics and Two of its Cold War Casualties
Epigenetics Before Epigenetics Was Cool?
The Epigenetic Evolution of Genetics (and Epigenetics)
How is Epigenetics Different from Genetics?