Christopher H. Eliot Hofstra University

  • Faculty, Hofstra University
  • PhD, University of Minnesota, 2004.

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About me
Associate Professor of Philosophy and adviser of Minor in Philosophy of Science at Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, USA. Interests: Philosophy of Science especially Philosophy of Ecology, Environmental Philosophy, Philosophy of Art, and philosophical issues to do with non-human animals.
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    Christopher H. Eliot (2011). Competition Theory and Channeling Explanation. Philosophy and Theory in Biology 3 (20130604):1-16.
    The complexity and heterogeneity of causes influencing ecology’s domain challenge its capacity to generate a general theory without exceptions, raising the question of whether ecology is capable, even in principle, of achieving the sort of theoretical success enjoyed by physics. Weber has argued that competition theory built around the Competitive Exclusion Principle (especially Tilman’s resource-competition model) offers an example of ecology identifying a law-like causal regularity. However, I suggest that as Weber presents it, the CEP is not yet a causal (...)
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    Christopher H. Eliot (2011). The Legend of Order and Chaos. In Kevin deLaplante, Bryson Browne & Kent A. Peacock (eds.), Philosophy of Ecology. Elsevier
    A community, for ecologists, is a unit for discussing collections of organisms. It refers to collections of populations, which consist (by definition) of individuals of a single species. This is straightforward. But communities are unusual kinds of objects, if they are objects at all. They are collections consisting of other diverse, scattered, partly-autonomous, dynamic entities (that is, animals, plants, and other organisms). They often lack obvious boundaries or stable memberships, as their constituent populations not only change but also move in (...)
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    Christopher Eliot (2009). Darwinism and its Discontents. By Michael Ruse. [REVIEW] Metaphilosophy 40 (5):702-710.
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    Christopher Eliot (2007). Method and Metaphysics in Clements's and Gleason's Ecological Explanations. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C 38 (1):85-109.
    To generate explanatory theory, ecologists must wrestle with how to represent the extremely many, diverse causes behind phenomena in their domain. Early twentieth-century plant ecologists Frederic E. Clements and Henry A. Gleason provide a textbook example of different approaches to explaining vegetation, with Clements allegedly committed, despite abundant exceptions, to a law of vegetation, and Gleason denying the law in favor of less organized phenomena. However, examining Clements's approach to explanation reveals him not to be expressing a law, and instead (...)
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    Josephine Johnston & Christopher Eliot (2003). Chimeras and "Human Dignity". American Journal of Bioethics 3 (3):6 – 8.
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