Tim Lewens

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Timothy Mark Lewens
Born (1974-06-29) 29 June 1974 (age 44)
Era Modern
Region British philosophy
Main interests
History and philosophy of science
Website www.hps.cam.ac.uk/people/lewens/

Tim Lewens (born 29 June 1974)[1] is a professor in the history and philosophy of biology, medicine, and bioethics at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. Lewens is a Fellow of Clare College, where he serves as Director of Studies in Philosophy[2] and he is a member of the academic staff and lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science (HPS).[3]


Lewens completed his PhD thesis at the Department of HPS, Cambridge University in 2001. He became a lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge soon after completing his doctoral thesis. He now serves as a governor at Exeter School where he was formerly a pupil.[4] He was member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics from 2009 to 2015[5] and a member of the Council’s Working Party on human bodies in medicine and research (report published autumn 2011).[6]


Lewens has written and lectured extensively on evolution and his book on this subject, Organisms and Artifacts: Design in Nature and Elsewhere (2004) received wide critical acclaim,[7][8][9][10] as did his 2007 monograph on Charles Darwin.[11][12][13][14]


In 2008, Lewens was one of eleven recipients of the University of Cambridge's Pilkington Prize for the quality of his teaching.[15]

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ LexisNexis Academic Database: 2009 ICC Information Group
  2. ^ Clare College Admissions Dr Tim Lewens Retrieved 21 August 2010
  3. ^ HPS, University of Cambridge Teaching Officers Tim Lewens
  4. ^ "Exeter School Governing Body: Tim Lewens MA MPhil PhD". Exeter School. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  5. ^ "Past Council Members". Nuffield Council on Bioethics. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  6. ^ Nuffield Council on Bioethics' official website - human bodies
  7. ^ Neander, K. (2006). "Moths and Metaphors. Review Essay on Organisms and Artifacts: Design in Nature and Elsewhere by Tim Lewens". Biology & Philosophy. 21 (4): 591–602. doi:10.1007/s10539-005-9006-6. 
  8. ^ Elder, Crawford L. (2005) Review: Are Organisms Artifacts of Natural Selection? by Tim Lewens, The American Journal of Psychology, Vol. 118, No. 3 (Fall, 2005), pp. 469-475
  9. ^ Shanahan, T. (2004). "Design by Nature". BioScience. 54: 1044–1046. doi:10.1641/0006-3568(2004)054[1044:DBN]2.0.CO;2. ISSN 0006-3568.  (Review of Organisms and Artifacts: Design in Nature and Elsewhere by Tim Lewens.)
  10. ^ Zimmerman, William F (2005) (Review of) Organisms and Artifacts: Design in Nature and Elsewhere. Life and Mind: Philosophical Issues in Biology and Psychology. By Tim Lewens. A Bradford Book. Cambridge (Massachusetts): MIT Press. $32.00. xi + 183 p; ill.; index. ISBN 0-262-12261-8. 2004. The Quarterly Review of Biology, June 2005, vol. 80, no. 2
  11. ^ Ghiselin, Michael T. (24 March 2007). "Tim Lewens Darwin". Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. 
  12. ^ "Interview with Tim Lewens". Darwin Correspondence Project. Archived from the original on 7 October 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  13. ^ Ruse, M. (2008). "Review: Tim Lewens: Darwin". Mind. 117 (468): 1094–1097. doi:10.1093/mind/fzn135. 
  14. ^ Lennox, J. G. (2009). "Darwin, Philosopher". Metascience. 18: 121–124. doi:10.1007/s11016-009-9252-3. 
  15. ^ "Pilkington Prizes honour teaching excellence". University News. 12 June 2008. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 

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