1. (forthcoming) Shades of Grey: Granularity, Pragmatics, and Non-Causal Explanation. Perspectives on Science (MIT Press). (pdf)
  2. (forthcoming) The Ontology of Organismic Agency: a Kantian Approach. In: Altobrando, A., Biasetti, P., Natural Born Monads: On the Metaphysics of Organisms and Human Individuals. Berlin: De Gruyter. (With Philippe Huneman.) (pdf)
  3. Desmond, H. (2018). Natural Selection, Plasticity, and the Rationale for Largest-Scale Trends. Studies in Philosophy and History of Science C. DOI: 10.1016/j.shpsc.2018.04.002 (pdf)
  4. Desmond, H. (2018). Natural Selection: Deriving Causality from Stable Equilibrium. Erkenntnis. 83:265–286DOI: 10.1007/s10670-017-9889-z. (pdf)
  5. Desmond, H. (2017). Symmetry Breaking and the Emergence of Path-Dependence. Synthese: an International Journal for Epistemology, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, 194:4101–4131DOI: 10.1007/s11229-016-1130-0. (pdf)
  6. Ramsey, G., Desmond, H. (2016). Philosophy of Biology. In: Pritchard D. (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies – Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  7. Desmond, H. (2013). Waarom Bergson geen vitalist is. Filosofie, 23 (5), 18-24. (pdf)


  1. The Limits of Ideal Interventions in Nonlinear Feedback Systems (pdf).
  2. Delimiting the Selective Environment (with Grant Ramsey) (pdf).
  3. Science Self-Regulation: Should We Demarcate Incompetence from Misconduct? (with Kris Dierickx) (pdf)

Drafts (mail me for a copy)

  1. Undermining Rational Moral Realism: The View from Cultural Evolutionary Theory