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My main research is focused on metaphysics and philosophy of biology. In particular, I explore some conceptual questions and problems that are addressed by both philosophers of biology and biologists from a metaphysical point of view. Furthermore, I'm also interested in questions related to the metaphysics of science and the philosophy of science.
Holobionts are symbiotic assemblages composed by a macrobe host (animal or plant) plus its symbiotic microbiota. In recent years, the ontological status of holobionts has created a great amount of controversy among philosophers and biologists: are holobionts biological individuals or are they rather ecological communities of independent individuals...
Contemporary biological research has suggested that some host–microbiome multispecies systems (referred to as “holobionts”) can in certain circumstances evolve as unique biological individual, thus being a unit of selection in evolution. If this is so, then it is arguably the case that some biological adaptations have evolved at the level of the mu...
Holobionts are symbiotic assemblages composed by a host plus its microbiome. The status of holobionts as individuals has recently been a subject of continuous controversy, which has given rise to two main positions: on the one hand, holobiont advocates argue that holobionts are biological individuals; on the other, holobiont detractors argue that t...
En el IX Congreso de la SLMFCE la filosofía de la biología, y en general aspectos filosóficos de las ciencias de la vida, tuvieron una notable representación. En concreto, tuvieron lugar un total de dieciocho intervenciones centradas en cuestiones biológicas muy diversas, como puede ser la definición del concepto de vida, el estudio de criterios pa...
The notion of fitness is usually equated to reproductive success. However, this actualist approach presents some difficulties, mainly the explanatory circularity problem, which have lead philosophers of biology to offer alternative definitions in which fitness and reproductive success are distinguished. In this paper, we argue that none of these al...
The projects aims to study how the pervasiveness of symbiosis interactions in the biological world questions conventional views about biological individuality and the units of selection. Concretely, the projects studies how the hologenome concept of evolution questions traditional, "population genetics-based" accounts of natural selection.