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Peter J. Woodford is an Assistant Professor of Religion, Philosophy, and Science at Union College in Schenectady, NY. His research covers major thinkers and periods in the history of philosophical reflection on the relationship between science and religion, and he also works on current debates surrounding evolutionary explanations of both religion and morality. Before coming to Union, he received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Stanford University and completed an innovative 3-year postdoc at the University of Cambridge, where he was placed in a lab in the Department of Zoology with scientists researching the evolution of cooperation across species. While at Cambridge, his research focused on both tensions and possible points of reconciliation between scientific, philosophical, and humanistic approaches to religion and morality. He is currently the co-PI on a research project entitled “Is a Social Mind Aware of its 'Self?'” that will investigate the nature and possibility of self-awareness in social primates that do not pass the mirror test.

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