The Department of History and Philosophy of Science supports both a graduate and undergraduate program of study of science, its nature and fundamentals, its origins, and its place in modern politics, culture, and society. In the history of science, traditional and non-traditional historical methods are used to develop an understanding of how the sciences originated, how they were practiced, how they developed, and how they related to their intellectual and social contexts. These include archival research, textual analysis, and re-enactment of experiments. In philosophy of science, the sciences themselves are brought under philosophical scrutiny. We investigate the nature of science in general; what distinguishes scientific activity; how theories explain; how they are confirmed; whether they should be read literally; and the moral dilemmas raised by the sciences. We also investigate the fundamental content of individual sciences and how it bears on the ancient philosophical questions: what is the nature of space, time, and matter; what is life; and what is thought? History and philosophy of science is distinctive in integrating these two areas of study, with investigations in each area often closely interwoven.
HPS is Hiring
- Assistant Professor, tenure track, beginning September 1, 2016. AOS: Open, but with strong preference for i) History and Philosophy of Physics and ii) History and Philosophy of Biology; AOC: Open. Deadline for receipt of applications: October 31, 2015. Additional information and submission details at http://philjobs.org/job/show/3839.
- Associate or Full Professor, tenured, beginning September 1, 2016. AOS: Open, but with strong preference for i) History and Philosophy of Physics and ii) History and Philosophy of Biology; AOC: Open. Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Additional information and submission details at http://philjobs.org/job/show/3840.
News & Events
Outside Color: Perceptual Science and the Puzzle of Color in Philosophy.
The workshop will run from 1:30 - 5:10 in CL 817, Friday, January 15.
- Science 27 November 2015: Vol. 350 no. 6264 pp. 1047-1049 announced the election of Sandra D. Mitchell to the rank of AAAS Fellow whose "efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished."