My research is guided by the idea that nothing in philosophy makes sense except in the light of evolution. Okay, that may be an overstatement. But in my work I do rely on tools from evolutionary theory to address questions in philosophy, at the same time that I draw on philosophy to deal with questions in evolutionary theory. 

 

Currently, a large portion of my work is on language [3, 6, 7]. I also enjoy playing around with models for the evolution of mostly anything, e.g. teaching and cooperation [5, 8]. I care a lot about the proper way of doing things and once wrote a paper about methodological issues in philosophy [4]. In a previous life, I worked at a mycology lab and thought hard about the philosophy of microbiology [1, 2]. 

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I'm always ready for an open conversation about research.

Publications:

[8] Ventura, R. & Akçay, E. (2021). A Cognitive-evolutionary Model for the Evolution of Teaching. SocArXiv. [preprint]

[7] Ventura, R., Plotkin, J. B., & Roberts, G. (2021). Drift as a driver of language change: An artificial language experiment. bioRxiv. [preprint]

 

[6] Ventura, R. (2021). Signaling in an Unknown World. Erkenntnis, 1-21. [here]

 

[5] Ventura, R. (2019). The Evolution of Cooperation in Finite Populations with Synergistic Payoffs. Biology & Philosophy, 34(4): 43. [here]

 

[4] Ventura, R. (2019). Quantitative Methods in Philosophy of Language. Philosophy Compass, 14: e12609.  [here]

 

[3] Ventura, R. (2019). Ambiguous Signals, Partial Beliefs, and Propositional Content. Synthese, 196(7): 2803-2820. [here]

 

[2] Ventura, R. (2019). Multicellular Individuality: The Case of Bacteria. Biological Theory, 14(2): 131-140. [here]

 

[1] Bonito, G., Hameed, K., Krishnan, J., Ventura, R., Schadt, C., and Vilgalys, R. (2016). Isolating a functionally relevant guild of fungi from the root microbiome of Populus. Fungal Ecology, 22: 35-42. [here]