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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


The aim of this group is to explore and enhance the interface between HPS and science. Although many of us in HPS engage closely with scientists and their practices, we could benefit from more explicit discussions about the relationship between HPS and science itself, and from more opportunities for HPS-scholars and scientists to help each other's work.

We meet on Fridays, 3.30–4.30pm (unless otherwise indicated), continuing the discussion after the end of the formal session for those who are interested. Further information, any reading materials, and links for online or hybrid meetings will be distributed through the email list of the group; please contact Hasok Chang (hc372) or Marta Halina (mh801) if you would like to be included on the list.

We are pleased to continue coordinating our activities with the 'Coffee with Clinicians' series, organised by the 'Talking as Cure?' research network. For more information about this network, please contact Hannah Blythe (hgb27). The 'Clinicians' events are included in the list below.

Easter Term 2022

29 April Online meeting, on Zoom
Coffee with Clinicians
Claire Hilton (Historian in Residence, Royal College of Psychiatrists)
History and medicine: can you do both, credibly and creditably?
Tuesday 3 May Hybrid meeting: Seminar Room 2 and on Zoom
Emily Mitchell (Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge) and Adrian Currie (Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology, University of Exeter)
The lost and found Ediacaran: how to cobble together a fossilized world
13 May Online meeting, on Zoom
Diana Reiss (Department of Psychology, City University of New York)
Choice and control: a window into other minds
20 May Hybrid meeting: Seminar Room 2 and on Zoom
David Feller (Contracts Manager for Finance, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge)
Money as culture: how science outcomes are affected by funding
27 May Hybrid meeting: Seminar Room 2 and on Zoom
Coffee with Clinicians
Oktober Evennett (Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist; Affiliated Lecturer, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge)
From the therapy room: what theory looks like in practice when working with trauma in young people
10 June, time TBC Venue TBC
Olaf Müller (Institut für Philosophie, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)
Complementary physics of polarity