John A. Dupré
University of Exeter
Humanities and Arts
Philosophy and Religious Studies
International Honorary Member
John Dupré is one of the major proponents of the thesis that the sciences are heterogeneous. He was largely responsible for undermining the view of unified science that, until the 1990s, had been philosophical orthodoxy. He is also well-known as a principal figure in clarifying the relations of contemporary biology to social and ethical questions, particularly with respect to gender, race, class, and human nature. Under his founding and leadership, the Egenis Center at Exeter has become the major world center for study of the implications of contemporary genomics. Recently he has been engaged in articulating a processual ontology for living systems.