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David N. Stamos (born 1957 in Parts Unknown) is a writer in the field of Philosophy and currently a faculty member in the Philosophy Department at York University. He has an Hons. B.A.(1985), M.A.(1988) and Ph.D.(1996) from York University.

Stamos has a traditionalist sense of philosophy, not only in the sense that he is fundamentally a realist rather than a postmodernist, but in the sense that he believes that philosophy tries to answer the "What is x?" questions, where x is a fundamental concept. He also believes that, since the meaning of "philosophy" is the love of wisdom, it is foolishness, not wisdom, to ignore evidence in philosophical discussions, especially scientific evidence, and say "That's science, not philosophy, we only do philosophy here." In other words, he firmly believes that philosophy must be interdisciplinary and that those who fail to see this are not really philosophers. Accordingly Stamos believes that biology, particularly Darwin and modern evolutionary biology, more than any other field of knowledge, has the greatest implications for philosophy.

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Biology
  • Darwin (historical research on his species concept and pre-Darwinian taxonomy)
  • David Hume (finding Hume’s God).
  • [Human Nature]
  • [Human Rights]
  • [Postmodernism]

Selected Books

  • (close to completion). The Myth of Universal Human Rights.
  • (2008). Evolution and the Big Questions: Sex, Race, Religion, and Other Matters. Blackwell Publishing. Recipient of a Choice 2008 Outstanding Academic Title Award, recently translated into Spanish and forthcoming in Portuguese and Arabic translations.
  • (2007). Darwin and the Nature of Species. State University of New York Press.
  • (2003). The Species Problem: Biological Species, Ontology, and the Metaphysics of Biology. Lexington Books (paperback 2004).

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