Pierrick Bourrat

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Prior to coming to Australia, Pierrick was a research associate at the University of Oxford, working in the cognitive and evolutionary science of religion. Pierrick completed his PhD at the University of Sydney in 2015. In 2015-2016, he was an ARC postdoctoral research associate and lecturer at the University of Sydney. He was awarded a Macquarie University Research Fellowship in 2017.

Pierrick has taught at the University of Sydney.

Research interests

Pierrick's main research interest is the philosophy of biology and more particularly the evolutionary side of it. His other areas of interest include the psychology of altruism, cultural evolution and the cognitive science of religion.

Pierrick is currently working on his project on the origins and maintenance of individuality in evolution. This involves questions about levels of selection, heritability and reductionism.

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Punishment Medicine & Life Sciences
Religion Medicine & Life Sciences
Genetic Selection Medicine & Life Sciences
Microbiota Medicine & Life Sciences
Compliance Medicine & Life Sciences
Evolutionary Arts & Humanities
Causality Medicine & Life Sciences
Population Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2017 2021

Constructing Objective Biological Criteria of Health

Bourrat, P., Griffiths, P., Rainey, P., Nesse, R. & Gray, R. D.


Project: Research

Research Output 2011 2018

  • 18 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 2 Other chapter contribution
  • 2 Book/Film/Article/Exhibition review

Have causal claims about the gut microbiome been over-hyped?

Bourrat, P. Dec 2018 In : BioEssays. 40, 12, p. 1-3 3 p., 1800178

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Gastrointestinal Microbiome

Multispecies individuals

Bourrat, P. & Griffiths, P. E. Jun 2018 In : History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences. 40, 2, p. 1-23 23 p., 33

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Natural selection and drift as individual-level causes of evolution

Bourrat, P. Sep 2018 In : Acta Biotheoretica. 66, 3, p. 159-176 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Natural Selection
Genetic Selection
natural selection

The evolutionary gene and the extended evolutionary synthesis

Lu, Q. & Bourrat, P. 1 Sep 2018 In : British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. 69, 3, p. 775-800 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Evolutionary Synthesis
Evolutionary Theory

Dissolving the missing heritability problem

Bourrat, P. & Lu, Q. Dec 2017 In : Philosophy of Science. 84, 5, p. 1055-1067 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Quantitative Methods