Ron Amundson, Dept. of Philosophy (Emeritus)

University of Hawaii at Hilo


--   Conference paper: "Human Relations in View of EvoDevo: or, Revenge of the Normals." There is some interest in this 2011 paper, presented at the Salt Lake City conference of the International Society for History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology. Here is a pdf of the slides for the presentation: [PDF format]

1.     "Preface." In: Conceptual Change in Biology: Scientific and Philosophical Perspectives on Evolution and Development, ed. A.C. Love. 2015. Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science. Berlin: Springer. [PDF format]

2.     "Darwin's Reputation: How it changed during the 20th century and how it may change again." Endeavor 38, 3-4, 257-267. [PDF format]

3.     "Pain, Chronic Pain, and Sickle Cell Chronic Pain." The American Journal of Bioethics 13: 2013, 14-16. [PDF Format]

4.     "Homology and Homoplasy: A Philosophical Perspective," in: Wiley Encylopedia of the Life Sciences, eLS: 2012, John Wiley & Sons Ltd: Chichester [DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0003445.pub2] [PDF format]

5.     "Quality of Life, Disability, and Hedonic Psychology," Journal of the Theory of Social Behavior 40, 2010, 374-392. [PDF format]

6.     "A Wholesome Horror: The Stigmas of Leprosy in 19th Century Hawaii," (with Akira Ruddle-Miyamoto), Disability Studies Quarterly, Summer 2010, available online or here in [HTML format].

7.     "Holier than Thou: Stigma and the Kokuas of the Kalaupapa Settlement," (with Akira Ruddle-Miyamoto), Reviews of Disability Studies 6, 2010, 30-41. [PDF format]

8.     "Disability Rights: Do We Really Mean It?" Philosophical Reflections on Disability, Ralston, D. Christopher and Ho, Justin, eds., 2010, Springer: Dordrecht, 169-182. [PDF facsimile]

9.     "Evolutionary Developmental Biology," Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Online. 2008. General Editor: Edward Craig. [PDF facsimile]

10. "Le retour de l'embryologie," La Recherche, #33, November 2008, 78-83.

11. "Bioethics and Disability Rights: Conflicting Values and Perspectives," (with Shari Tresky) Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 5, 2008, 111-123. [PDF format]

12. "An Alternative Synthesis: Essay Review of From Embryology to Evo-Devo," Science 318, 2007, 571-572. [PDF format]

13. "On a Bioethical Challenge to Disability Rights," (with Shari Tresky), Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 32, 2007, 541-561. [PDF format] Author Posting. (c) Taylor & Francis, 2007. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of Taylor & Francis for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Volume 32 Issue 6, November 2007. doi:10.1080/03605310701680924 (

14. "Development and Evolution," in A Companion to the Philosophy of Biology, Sahotra Sarkar and Anya Plutynski, eds., 2008, Blackwell Publishing, pp. 248-278. [PDF facsimile]

15. "Why don't you write about something more interesting, Lisa? Essay Review of The Case of the Female Orgasm by Elisabeth Lloyd," Biology & Philosophy 23, 2008, 439-446. [PDF format]

16. "EvoDevo as Cognitive Psychology," Biological Theory 1, 2006, 10-11. [PDF format]

17. The Changing Role of the Embryo in Evolutionary Thought: Roots of Evo-Devo. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

18. "Health Resource Rationing," Encyclopedia of Disability Vol. 2, Gary Albrecht (ed.), 2006, Sage Publications, 841-846. [PDF format]

19. "Our Lives and Ideologies: The Effect of Life Experience on the Perceived Morality of the Policy of Physician-Assisted Suicide" (Ron Amundson and Gayle Taira), Journal of Disability Policy Studies 16, 2005, 53-57. [PDF format]

20. "Disability, Ideology, and Quality of Life: a Bias in Biomedical Ethics" in Quality of Life and Human Difference, 2005, David Wasserman, Robert Wachbroit, and Jerome Bickenbach, eds. Cambridge University Press, 101-124. [PDF Facsimile]

21. "Phylogenetic Reconstruction Then and Now," Biology and Philosophy 17, 2002, 679-694. [PDF format]

22. "Adaptation, Development, and the Quest for Common Ground", in Steven Orzack and Elliott Sober (eds.) Adaptation and Optimality, 2001. Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press, 303-334. [PDF facsimile]

23. "Embryology and Evolution 1920 1960: Worlds Apart?" History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 22, 2000, 335-352.

24. "Disability Rights: Universally Accessible Environments as a Public Good", in Anatole Anton, Milton Fisk, and Nancy Holmstrom (eds.) Not For Sale: In Defense of Public Goods. 2000, Boulder CO, Westview Press, 127-129.

25. "Homology and Homoplasy: A Philosophical Analysis", in Encyclopedia of the Life Sciences, Nature Publishing Group (UK), 2000. Internet and CD ROM encyclopedia (by subscription). [PDF format]

26. "Biological Normality and the ADA", in Americans with Disabilities: Exploring Implications of the Law for Individuals and Institutions, 2000. Leslie Pickering Francis and Anita Silvers, eds. New York, Routledge, 102-110.

27. "Against Normal Function," Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 31C, 2000, 33-53. [PDF format]

28. "Typology Reconsidered:  Two Doctrines on the History of Evolutionary Biology", Biology and Philosophy 13, 1998, 153-177. [PDF format]

29. "Historical Development  of the Concept of Adaptation," in M.R. Rose and G.V. Lauder (eds.) Adaptation, Academic Press, 1995, 11-53.

30. "Two Concepts of Constraint: Adaptationism and the Challenge from Developmental Biology," Philosophy of Science 61, 1994, 556-578.  Reprinted in David Hull and Michael Ruse, eds., (1998) The Philosophy of Biology, Oxford University Press. [PDF format]

31. "Function Without Purpose:  The Uses of Causal Role Function in Evolutionary Biology," (Ron Amundson and George Lauder), Biology and Philosophy 9, 1994, 443-469.  Reprinted in David Hull and Michael Ruse, eds., (1998) The Philosophy of Biology, Oxford University Press, and Colin Allen, Marc Bekoff, and George Lauder, eds., (1998) Nature's Purposes, MIT Press. [PDF facsimile]

32. "John T. Gulick and the Active Organism:  Adaptation, Isolation, and the Politics of Evolution," in P. Rehbock and R. MacLeod (eds.), Darwin in the Pacific,  University of Hawaii Press, 1994, 110-139.

33. "On the Plurality of Psychological Naturalisms", New Ideas in Psychology 11, 1993, 193-205.

34. "On the Threats That Do Not Face Educational Research," (Ron Amundson, Ronald C. Serlin, and Richard Lehrer), Educational Researcher 21, 1992, 19-24.

35. "Disability, Handicap, and the Environment," Journal of Social Philosophy 23, 1992, 105-118. [RTF version]

36. "Knowledge or Certainty:  A Reply to Cziko," (Richard Lehrer, Ronald C. Serlin, and Ron Amundson), Educational Researcher 19, 1990, 16-19.

37. "Doctor Dennett and Doctor Pangloss: Perfection and Selection in Psychology and Biology," Behavioral and Brain Sciences 13, 1990, 577-584. [PDF format]

38. "The Trials and Tribulations of Selectionist Explanations," in Issues in Evolutionary Epistemology, K. Hahlweg and C. A. Hooker, eds.  State University of New York Press, 1989.

39. "How to be Naturalistic: Garrett, Graham, and Fodor on Psychology," New Ideas in Psychology 6, 1988, 187-191.

40. "Logical Adaptationism," Behavioral and Brain Sciences 11, 1988, 505-506. [PDF format]

41. "Watson and the 'Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon',"  Skeptical Inquirer 11, Spring 1987, 303-304.

42. "The Unknown Epistemology of E.C. Tolman,"  British Journal of Psychology 77, 1986, 525-531. [PDF format]

43. "Psychology and Epistemology: The Place versus Response Controversy," Cognition 20, 1985, 127-153. [PDF format]

44. "The Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon," Skeptical Inquirer 9, 1985, 348-356. (Frequently reprinted.)

45. "Clark Hull, Robert Cummins, and Functional Analysis," (Ron Amundson and Laurence D. Smith), Philosophy of Science 51, 1984, 657-666. [JSTOR Url]

46. "The Epistemological Status of a Naturalized Epistemology," Inquiry 26, 1983, 333‑344. [PDF Format]

47. "E.C. Tolman and the Intervening Variable:  A Study in the Epistemological History of Psychology," Philosophy of Science 50, 1983, 268‑282. [JSTOR Url]

48. "Science, Ethnoscience, and Ethnocentrism," Philosophy of Science 49, 1982, 236‑250. [JSTOR Url]

49. "The Justification of Induction," Contemporary Philosophy 5, 1980.

50. "Testing Utility," Teaching Philosophy 3, 1979, 173‑176.