Symposium B. Evolution throughout the Sciences and Humanities

Chairs: Werner Callebaut, Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research,
Altenberg, Austria, Rudolf Hanel, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, and Manuel Wäckerle, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna

Invited papers

The symposium ‘Evolution throughout the Sciences and Humanities’ aims its focus at portraying the concept of Evolution from an interdisciplinary perspective. Evolution, as an idea, has lastingly been influencing sciences and humanities, which benefit considerably from adequately perceiving and adapting the basic conception of evolutionary processes according to the requirements of the various disciplines. While recognized principles of evolution offer versatile tools for scientific inquiry the laws of evolution are not reductionist in the same sense as laws in physics; the rules drive change on various levels of organization and time scales, between micro and macro, local and global, synchronic and diachronic conditions. The organizers invite to a symposium consisting of 3 complementary modules and one designated discussion session. The symposium highlights and tries to integrate biological-developmental, socio-economic and structural perspectives of evolution.


Session 1

  • Werner Callebaut (KLI): Toward a Philosophy for EvoDevo
  • Stephan Handschuh (University of Vienna): Animals as developing systems: On the various relationships of individual development and the diversity of organismal form
  • Hardy Hanappi and Manuel Wäckerle (Vienna University of Technology): Power as a structuring concept for political economy – Algorithmic evolutionary methods in action

Session 2

  • Kurt Dopfer (University of St. Gallen): The Generic Rule Approach – Economics in another key
  • Jack Vromen (Erasmus University Rotterdam): Playing with the Price Equation: The Nature of Selection
  • Johannes Preiser-Kapeller (Institut für Byzanzforschung, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna): A complex systems approach to the evolutionary dynamics of human history: the case of the Late Medieval World Crisis

Session 3 

  • Rudolf Hanel (SSCS/CeMSIIS Medical University Vienna): Evolution and Inference: towards a physics of science?
  • General discussion

Session 4

  • Wrap-up discussion, setting-up a brief report