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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


This intensive reading group explores how historical and philosophical approaches to science can be brought together into an integrated framework. We aim to learn from different approaches that scholars have taken to integrated HPS, and discuss challenging methodological questions surrounding them. Our focus lies equally on the general fruitfulness of 'iHPS' as a methodology and on its particular potential in illuminating various scientific, historical and philosophical subject-matter.

For each meeting we invite a leading scholar of integrated HPS, and invite them to bring along some of their local colleagues. We make an in-depth study of the featured scholar's work before the meeting, and go directly into a discussion about it.
Participants are asked to do a significant amount of reading, and we try for a diverse range of contexts, questions and scientific disciplines across the meetings.

We usually meet on Monday evenings, but there will be some variations of timing this term, as indicated below. We continue to meet online so that we can easily invite teams of scholars from around the world.

Organised by Hasok Chang (hc372), Miguel Ohnesorge (mo459), Katy Duncan (ksd37) and Oscar Westerblad (ow259), with the collaboration of Sarah Hijmans (Université Paris Diderot). If you would like to be on the mailing list for this group, please email one of us.

Michaelmas Term 2021

All readings will be circulated through the mailing list.

Monday 25 October, 5.00–6.30pm

Mary Morgan (London School of Economics)

Monday 22 November, 7.00–8.30pm

Greg Radick (University of Leeds)

Tuesday 7 December, time TBC

Kärin Nickelson (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)