Professor, History of Science and Medicine, University of Chicago
Paper: "'All that is most beautiful': Darwin's Theory of Morality and Its Normative Validity"
Robert J. Richards is the Morris Fishbein Professor of the History of Science and Medicine at the University of Chicago. He is a Professor in the Departments of History, Philosophy, and Psychology. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Senior Fellowship at the Max-Planck Institute in Berlin, and many other research fellowships. He has authored several books dealing with evolutionary theory: Darwin and the Emergence of Evolutionary Theories of Mind and Behavior (Univ. of Chicago Press, 1987), winner of the Pfizer Prize in the History of Science; The Meaning of Evolution (Chicago, 1992); The Romantic Conception of Life: Science and Philosophy in the Age of Goethe (Chicago, 2002), winner of the Laing Prize; and, most recently, The Tragic Sense of Life: Ernst Haeckel and the Struggle over Evolutionary Theory (Chicago, 2008). He has edited several books on evolutionary theory and is currently at work on a Historical and Philosophical Commentary on Darwin’s Origin of Species.