Dr Steve Lewis

Senior Lecturer

Dr Stephen Lewis is a senior lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences. He holds a BSc in Human Biology (Surrey), an MA in the History of Philosophy (Wales) and a PhD in Anatomy for a thesis entitled Studies in Catch-Up Growth in the Rat Skeleton (Wales).


BSc, MA, PhD


Before coming to Chester, I was a prosector of anatomy at the University of Wales, Cardiff - teaching medical, dental and other students on courses allied to medicine. I also have previous professional experience working as a radiographer.

I have delivered invited talks at the University of Vienna, the International School of Philosophy and History of Biology and Medicine (Sapienza – Università di Roma) summer course on Epistemologies of Medical Knowledge and Practice in Nettuno, Italy, the Konrad Lorenz Institute, Altenberg, Austria, the Linköping Philosophy Club and at Tema H at the University of Linköping, Sweden. I have also been a research fellow at the Konrad Lorenz Institute and an academic visitor at Tema H, University of Linköping.

I also maintain the Evolutionary Medicine website.


I currently teach across a range of the department's programmes, leading the Physical Anthropology (BI6119) and Essential Physiology (BI4110) in particular.


My research work is concerned with exploring the biological and philosophical aspects of the concepts of illness, disease and health, and considering what, by extension, these notions say about life and death, living and dying, in general. A fuller description of my research can be found here.

I also has a separate personal research site and my work can be followed at Academia.edu.

Published work

Copies of my current and earlier work may be obtained from my personal research website and at the ChesterRep.