Philosophy as a natural science

IDEM uses the method of collaborative interdisciplinarity, where philosophers and scientists work hand in hand to construct new theoretical frameworks. These new concepts can then be discussed and tested by the scientific community.

The IDEM team itself is immersed in the IMMUNOCONCEPT research unit at the University of Bordeaux, where it recieves a lot of support from Immunologist and medical doctors. Forthermore a number of collaborations have evolved with scientists from a variety of backgrounds.


Gérard Eberl

Microenvironment and Immunity Lab, Pasteur Institute, Paris, France

Eric Vivier

CIML, Marseille-Luminy, France

M. McFall-Ngai

University of Hawai’i, USA

Eric Bapteste

Aire Lab, CNRS & UPMC, Paris, France

E. Houliston

Developmental Biology Lab, Marine station of Villefranche-sur-Mer, France

Scott Gilbert

Swarthmore College, USA, and Helsinki Evo-Devo Lab, University of Helsinki, Finland

A. Minelli

University of Padova, Italy

Michel Vervoort

Paris-Diderot University, France

John Dupré

University of Exeter, UK


University of Sydney, Australia

Alan Love

University of Minnesota, USA

J. Griesemer

UC Davis, USA

Elliot Sober

UW Madison, USA

Ellen Clarke

All Souls, Oxford University, UK

M. Ereshefsky

University of Calgary, Canada

Jean Gayon

IHPST, France

P. Huneman

IHPST, France

Max Kistler

IHPST, France

Melinda Fagan

University of Utah, USA

Matt Haber

University of Utah, USA

Sara Green

University of Copenhagen, Denmark