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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. Though many of us in HPS engage closely with science and scientists, 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, with informal conversations before and after the formal session for those who are interested. Further information, reading materials and links for the online 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 also pleased to continue coordinating our activities with the new 'Coffee with Clinicians' series, organised by the 'Talking as Cure?' research network at CRASSH. For more information about this network, please contact Hannah Blythe (hgb27).

Easter Term 2021

30 April Coffee with Clinicians
Jonathan Roberts (Society and Ethics – Wellcome Genome Campus and Clinical Genetics, Addenbrooke's Hospital)
Future ethical issues in prenatal genetic counselling; view from clinical practice
14 May Sabine Undorf (Department of Meteorology and Bolin Centre for Climate Research, Stockholm University) and Karoliina Pulkkinen (Department of Philosophy and History, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm)
Values in science: a scientist's take on the philosophical debate and how to apply it to climate science
28 May Coffee with Clinicians
Panayota Manias (Cambridge University Counselling Service)
Counselling in higher education
11 June Joint meeting with AD HOC
Joaquín Pérez Pariente (Research Professor, Institute of Catalysis and Petroleum Chemistry, Spanish Research Council (CSIC))
Reproduction of an 18th-century recipe for potable gold: a case study on the recovery and use of forgotten knowledge