David Cortés García

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Personal info

PositionPhD student
AddressUPV/EHU, Department of Philosophy, Tolosa Hiribidea 70, 20080 Donostia – San Sebastián


I am a graduate in biology who was soon interested in philosophical issues regarding biological theory and practice. I continued my education in the philosophy of science and decided to do my PhD in the philosophy of biology under the supervision of Arantza Etxeberria.

I am mainly interested in questions about the evolution of biological forms and the ontogenetic development of organisms. My research project aims at understanding the notions of individuality that are at play during the evolution of different modes of reproduction in animals.

David Cortés García birdwatching

Research interests

  • Philosophy of Biology
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Theoretical Biology
  • Philosophy of Evo-Devo
  • Reproductive Biology
  • Metaphysics of Biology
  • Philosophy of Medicine
  • Bioethics


  • 2021 – 2025: PhD Student in Philosophy, Science and Values, University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU.
  • 2018 – 2019: Master in Philosophy, Science and Values, University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU.
  • 2014 – 2018: Degree in Biology, University of Salamanca, USAL.


  • Cortés-García, D. & Etxeberria A. (2023) Ontologies in evolutionary biology: the role of the organism in the two Syntheses. In: José Manuel Viejo & Mariano Sanjuán (Eds.). Life and Mind – New directions in the Philosophy of Biology and Cognitive Sciences. Cham: Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-30304-3_9
  • Etxeberria, A., Cortés-García, D. & Torres, M. (2023). Organisms, life relations, and evolution: inter-dependencies after Kropotkin’s Mutual Aid. ArtefaCToS Journal of Science and Technology Studies, 12(1), 179–204. https://doi.org/10.14201/art2023121179204
  • Etxeberria, A., & Cortés-García, D. (2022). What is Special about Natural Drift as an Organism-Centered View of Evolution. Constructivist Foundations, 18(1), 107–109. https://constructivist.info/18/1/107
  • Cortés-García, D. & Etxeberria A. (2021). Individualidad biológica y viviparidad: una investigación filosófica desde las transiciones evolutivas y la evo-devo. In A. Cuevas, O. Torres, V. Aranda & A. Moldovan (Eds.), Proceedings of the X Conference of the Spanish Society of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science (pp. 283-287). https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ihLyoP2-bvRG3i5J7JSHSynkeKQ8AyKt/view?usp=sharing
  • Lopez-Orellana R., Redmond J., and Cortés-García D. (2019) An inferential and dynamic approach to modeling and understanding in biology. Humanities Journal of Valparaíso, 0(14), 315-334. https://doi.org/10.22370/rhv2019iss14pp315-334
  • Lopez-Orellana R. & Cortés-García D. (2019) On Understanding and Modeling in Evo-Devo. In: Nepomuceno-Fernández Á, Magnani L, Salguero-Lamillar F J, Barés-Gómez C & Fontaine M (Eds.) Model-Based Reasoning in Science and Technology. Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics (pp. 138–152). Cham: Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-32722-4_9