Clare Hall Colloquium - Professor Nicolaas Rupke (fully booked)

This event is fully booked. To join the waiting list, please email the convenor, Professor Kevin Edwards, via

The speaker on Tuesday 26 October is Professor Nicolaas Rupke, former Director of the Institute for the History of Science, Göttingen University, and subsequently holder of the Johnson Professorship at Washington and Lee University, Virginia. He will speak on the topic of ‘The structuralist tradition in evolution theory’. 

Clare Hall Meeting Room, 7.30pm. 

A more comprehensive approach to evolution than Darwin’s was developed from 1755 on, after Immanuel Kant had published his nebular hypothesis. Kant’s structuralist, unified theory has had many and eminent followers. In the wake of WWII and of the 1959 centenary of The Origin of Species, the Kantian approach lost ground and Neo-Darwinism became “the only game in town.” I take stock of the structuralist tradition and reformulate its scientific arguments in present-day terms. 

The Colloquia provide members of the College - especially Visiting Fellows and Life Members - with an opportunity to present their research, whether in its early stages or already published, in a friendly setting. They are a great way to discuss your ideas, meet fellow members and to contribute to our vibrant community. 

All slots for Michaelmas Term and most of those for Lent Term are already allocated.

If you wish to be placed on a reserve list or to offer a talk for Easter Term, then please email Professor Kevin Edwards via