Dr Emily Parke

PhD (University of Pennsylvania)


I am a philosopher of science with an interdisciplinary background working in science. To learn more about my research and teaching, see my website.

Research | Current

  • Philosophy of science (especially scientific experimentation and modelling)
  • Philosophy of biology (especially evolutionary, experimental and microbiology)

Teaching | Current

PHIL 260 Philosophy of Science

PHIL 263 Philopsophy of Biology

PHIL 360 Philosophy of Science

PHIL 363 Philopsophy of Biology

Areas of expertise

Philosophy of Science

Philosophy of Biology

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Parke, E. C., Calcott, B., & O'Malley MA (2018). A cautionary note for claims about the microbiome's impact on the "self". PLoS biology, 16 (9)10.1371/journal.pbio.2006654
  • Parke, E. C. (2014). Experiments, Simulations, and Epistemic Privilege. Philosophy of Science, 81 (4), 516-536. 10.1086/677956
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32220
  • Parke, E. C. (2014). Flies from meat and wasps from trees: Reevaluating Francesco Redi’s spontaneous generation experiments. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 45, 34-42. 10.1016/j.shpsc.2013.12.005
  • Parke, E. C. (2013). What could arsenic bacteria teach us about life?. Biology & Philosophy, 28 (2), 205-218. 10.1007/s10539-012-9338-y
  • Bedau, M. A., Parke, E. C., Tangen, U., & Hantsche-Tangen, B. (2009). Social and ethical checkpoints for bottom-up synthetic biology, or protocells. Systems and Synthetic Biology, 3 (1-4), 65-75. 10.1007/s11693-009-9039-2
  • Bedau, M., & Parke, E. C. (Eds.) (2009). The Ethics of Protocells: Moral and Social Implications of Creating Life in the Laboratory. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Pages: 365.

Contact details

Office hours

Semester 2, 2016: Fridays 10–11:30am.

I'm happy to meet at other times by appointment.

Primary office location

ARTS 1 - Bldg 206
Level 4, Room 427
New Zealand

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