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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 Sahanika Ratnayake (tsr31).

Lent Term 2021

29 January Coffee with Clinicians
Anastasios Dimopoulos (Locum Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry, East London NHS Foundation Trust)
Intersubjectivity as a unifying philosophical drive for mental health practice in the 21st century
12 February Rick Welch (HPS, Cambridge)
Life: A study in words
26 February Coffee with Clinicians
Sophie Ellis (Criminology, Cambridge)
What is forensic psychology?
12 March John Krakauer (Neurology and Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University) and David L. Barack (Neuroscience, Columbia University)
Two views on the cognitive brain