Paul Griffiths

Paul Griffiths

Paul is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sydney. He was educated at Cambridge and the Australian National University, receiving his PhD in 1989. He taught at Otago University in New Zealand and later headed the History and Philosophy of Science program at the University of Sydney, before taking up a Chair in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He returned to Australia in 2004, first as an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow and from 2007 as a Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Sydney.

Paul co-leads the Theory and Method in Biosciences group with Pierrick Bourrat.

Paul is based at the Charles Perkins Centre, a major University of Sydney initiative focused on interdisciplinary research into obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. He served as Associate Academic Director for Humanities and Social Sciences while the Centre was being established, and continues to serve on the Executive Committee as Domain Leader for Society and Environment. Paul is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and of the Royal Society of NSW. He was President of the International Society for History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology from 2011-2013. From 2006-2012 he was a member of the Australian Health Ethics Committee of NHMRC.

Curriculum Vitae



Griffiths, P. E. (n.d.). What are biological sexes? Download



Lane, Andrew Stuart, Lynch, Kate E., Arnold, Mark, Morandini, James, Gawronski, Stefan, & Griffiths, Paul E. (2023). The undue influence of genetic information on medical students' treatment decisions. BMC Medical Education.
Christie, J. R., Wilkinson, Z., Gawronski, S. A., & Griffiths, P. E. (2023). Concepts of function in biology and biomedicine. In K. Hens & A. Deblock, Advances in Experimental Philosophy of Medicine (p. 20). Bloomsbury Academic.
Artificial wombs and animal sex — philosophers weigh in on brave new futures. (2023, September 20). In Big Ideas. ABC Radio National.
Griffiths, P. E., & Bourrat, P. (2023). Integrating evolutionary, developmental and physiological mismatch. Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, 11(1), 277–286. Download


Griffiths, P. E. (2022). What are biological sexes? Download


Bourrat, P., & Griffiths, P. E. (2021). The idea of mismatch in evolutionary medicine. The British Journal For The Philosophy of Science. Download
Christie, J. R., Brusse, C., Bourrat, P., Takacs, P., & Griffiths, P. E. (2021). Target Article: Do Proper Functions Explain the Existence of Traits? Australasian Philosophical Review. Download


Calcott, B., Pocheville, A., & Griffiths, P. (2020). Signals That Make a Difference. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 71(1), 233–258.
Griffiths, P. E. (2020, September 21). The existence of biological sex is no constraint on human diversity. Aeon Essays.
Griffiths, P. E., & Matthewson, J. (2020). Diseases are Not Adaptations and Neither are Their Causes. Biological Theory, 15(3), 136–142. Download