Dr Sandy Boucher

Lecturer in the Philosophy of Science - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Sandy Boucher

Phone: +61 2 6773 2230

Email: aboucher@une.edu.au


Ph.D. University of Melbourne 2012; M.A. Monash University 2002;

B.A. (Hons) Monash University 1999

Teaching Areas

Sandy is lecturer and unit coordinator for the following units:

PHIL102 The Art of Good Thinking

PHIL150 Metaphysics, Knowledge and the Search for Reality

PHIL304/504 Philosophy of Science

PHIL309/509 Sex and Death: Issues in the Philosophy of Biology

PHIL330/530 Elementary Logic

PHIL385/585 Reason and Choice: Individual, Social, Political

Research Interests

ORCID 0000-0002-0575-7497

Sandy’s research interests are mainly in the philosophy of biology (especially functions and teleology, the units of selection, species, natural kinds, essentialism, taxonomy, macroevolution and paleobiology) and general philosophy of science, but he also works on issues in metaphilosophy and epistemology. He has published several papers on empiricism and philosophical stances.


'Evolutionary debunking arguments, commonsense and scepticism', forthcoming in Synthese.

'Pluralism, Realism and the Units of Selection', South African Journal of Philosophy, 39 (1), 2020, 47-62.

‘Methodological naturalism in the sciences’, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 88 (1), 2020, 57-80.

‘An empiricist conception of the relation between metaphysics and science,’ Philosophia, 47 (5), 2019, 1355-1378

‘What is the Relation Between a Philosophical Stance and its Associated Beliefs?’, dialectica, 72 (4), 2018, 509–524

‘Stances and epistemology: values, pragmatics and rationality,’ Metaphilosophy, 49 (4), 2018, 521-547

‘Gould on species, metaphysics, and macroevolution: a critical appraisal,’ Studies in the History and Philosophy of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 62, 2017, 25–34

‘Scientific imperialism, pluralism, and folk morality,’ with Adrian Walsh, in A. Walsh, U. Maki and M. F. Pinto (eds.), Scientific Imperialism, Routledge 2017

‘Functionalism and structuralism as philosophical stances: van Fraassen meets the philosophy of biology,’ Biology and Philosophy, 30 (3), 2015, 383-403

‘What is a philosophical stance? Paradigms, policies and perspectives,’ Synthese, 191(10), 2014, 2315-2332

‘A computational approach to linguistic knowledge,’ with Ian Gold, in Language and Communication, 22, 2002, 211-229