Joeri Witteveen studied at Maastricht University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the London School of Economics. In November 2013 he obtained his PhD in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge. His research in Cambridge was funded by a scholarship from Trinity College.

Joeri has been a visiting scholar at the Australian National University in Canberra and has received junior scholarships from the TU Eindhoven, the KLI Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research near Vienna, and the Descartes Centre of Utrecht University. Since 2014 he is a researcher at Utrecht University. In 2016 he received an NWO Veni Talent Award and an FWO Pegagus Marie Curie Fellowship for the research project "The Nature of Naming and the Naming of Nature," which he carries out at the Freudenthal Institute. He is currently an affiliate scholar at the research group History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

Joeri is Associate Editor of the Springer journal Acta Biotheoretica and is a member of the Editorial Board of Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences.

For an overview of publications please visit

Strategic themes / Focus areas
Involved in the following study programme(s)
Scientific expertise
evolution and ethics
Philosophy of biology
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All publications
  2018 - Scholarly publications
Witteveen, J. (2018). Typological thinking: then and now. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution
  2017 - Scholarly publications
Witteveen, J. & Birch, Jonathan (2017). Dividing the Pleistocene Pie. BioScience, 67 (2), (pp. 180-182).
Witteveen, J. (2017). Objectivity, historicity, taxonomy. Erkenntnis
  2016 - Scholarly publications
Witteveen, Joeri (2016). "A temporary oversimplification" - Mayr, Simpson, Dobzhansky, and the origins of the typology/population dichotomy (part 2 of 2). Studies in history and philosophy of biological and biomedical science, 57, (pp. 96-105). Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved..
Witteveen, J. (2016). Suppressing Synonymy with a Homonym: The Emergence of the Nomenclatural Type Concept in Nineteenth Century Natural History. Journal of the History of Biology, 49 (1), (pp. 135-189) (55 p.).
  2016 - Other output
J. Witteveen (07.06.2016) 3rd Annual Philosophy of Biology in the UK Conference
J. Witteveen (08.03.2016) Departmental Lunch Lecture
J. Witteveen (10.08.2016) European Society for Philosophy and Psychology
J. Witteveen (26.02.2016) International conference: Science versus Common Sense?
J. Witteveen (19.03.2016) What can the philosophy of biology learn from the history of biology?
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Witteveen, J. (2015). "A temporary oversimplification": Mayr, Simpson, Dobzhansky, and the origins of the typology/population dichotomy (Part 1 of 2). Studies in history and philosophy of biological and biomedical science, 54 (4), (pp. 20-33).
Witteveen, Joeri (2015). Naming and contingency - the type method of biological taxonomy. Biology and Philosophy, 30 (4), (pp. 569-586) (18 p.).
Witteveen, Joeri (2015). Natural classification. Metascience, 24 (2), (pp. 275-278).
  2015 - Other output
J. Witteveen (09.10.2015) Altruism, mutualism, and the evolution of morality
J. Witteveen (21.07.2015) Constructing the Moral Niche
J. Witteveen (12.12.2015) Mutualism and the Evolution of Morality
J. Witteveen (12.06.2015) Objectivity, historicity, taxonomy
J. Witteveen (24.06.2015) Thinking outside the box: post-Linnaean taxonomic practice and the shifting ontology of taxon identity
  2014 - Scholarly publications
Witteveen, Joeri (2014). Peter Godfrey-Smith, Philosophy of biology. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 36 (2), (pp. 296-298) (3 p.).
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Currently dr. Joeri Witteveen teaches the following course(s):
FRRMV17010 Phi-Tutorial Philosophy 2 V M 5.0
FRRMV17009 Phi-Tutorial Philosophy 1 V M 5.0
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