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Research interests

My research deals with issues in evolutionary epistemology, evolutionary morality, cultural evolution and social ontology in particular, and the philosophical implications of the theory of evolution in general. Currently I am working on a book entitled 'The global contract'. In the book, which is targeted at a wider audience, I argue for the need to cooperate on a global level in order to meet the pressing challenges that face us (such as global warming, immigration and overpopulation). 

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Closure Arts & Humanities
McGinn Arts & Humanities
Psychological Arts & Humanities
Conceptual Space Arts & Humanities
Cultural Evolution Arts & Humanities
Religion Arts & Humanities
Philosopher Arts & Humanities
Social Institutions Arts & Humanities

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Research Output 2017 2019

De Tweede Vervreemding: Het tijdperk van de wereldwijde samenwerking

Vlerick, M., 2019, Lannoo. 260 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookPopular

The cultural evolution of institutional religions

Vlerick, M., 5 Sep 2018, In : Religion, Brain & Behavior.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Cultural Evolution
Social Institutions
Cultural Groups
Religious Practices

Better than our nature? Evolution and moral realism, justification, and progress

Vlerick, M., 2017, Handbook of Evolutionary Ethics. Ruse, M. & Richards, R. J. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

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How our biology constrains our science

Vlerick, M., 2017, In : Kairos. Journal of Philosophy and Science. 18, 1, p. 31-53

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
Conceptual Space
Nicholas Rescher

Press / Media

De globalisering en haar voordelen

Michael Vlerick


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Other

Waarom klimaattoppen zo vaak eindigen op een sisser

Michael Vlerick


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment