John Dupré is professor of the Philosophy of Science, University of Exeter and director of Egenis, The Centre for the Study of Life Sciences, which he founded in 2002. He received a PhD from Cambridge in 1981, and has subsequently worked at Oxford, Stanford, and Birkbeck College, London before moving to Exeter. His books include The Disorder of Things (1993), Human Nature and the Limits of Science (2001), Darwin’s Legacy (2003), and Processes of Life (2012). His recent work has advocated a radically processual understanding of living systems, which is explored in a book co-edited with Daniel Nicholson, Everything Flows: Towards a Processual Philosophy of Biology (2018, open access), and in The Metaphysics of Biology, due to be published this month. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an honorary international member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the president of the Philosophy of Science Association. Photo by Guido Castagnoli.
Caveat Editor: Competing Takes on CRISPR
John Dupré considers four new books on the history and ethics of CRISPR by Kevin Davies, Eben Kirksey, Henry T. Greely, and Walter Isaacson....