Aleksandar V. Božić delivered the talk “Philosophical enhancement of scientificity: life as a natural kind and astrobiological research” at the 8th Congress of the Society for the Philosophy of Science (VIIIe congrès de la Société de Philosophie des Sciences). In his talk, Aleksandar argued that philosophy can contribute to the scientificity of astrobiology by providing conceptual analysis of important concepts, such as the concept of life/aliveness. He supported this claim by analyzing an approach for determining the aliveness of virus particles (virions) in the context of virions forming a natural kind with terrestrial and possible extraterrestrial instances. The congress themed “Science and scientificity” was held at the University of Mons, Belgium, from 8 to 10 September 2021.
The congress program and the book of abstracts can be found below.