Department Name Centre for History and Philosophy of Science
Institution Name University of Leeds

Departmental Information

Department Profile

History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) at Leeds is one of the foremost centres for the subject in Britain, with eight permanent and several fixed-term staff, and a large and international body of research postgraduates.

Research in the Centre embraces many aspects of the history of science, technology, and medicine, from the sixteenth century to the present day.  The Centre is also at the forefront of current research in the philosophy of science, including structural realism, the nature and role of models in science, the nature of scientific representation, and integrated HPS.  It is also home to a new and rapidly developing Museum of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine.

Academic & Teaching staff Angelo Cei; Steven French; Graeme Gooday; Beth Hannon; Annie Jamieson; Claire Jones; Chris Kenny; Gregory Radick; Juha Saatsi; James F. Stark; Jonathan Topham; Adrian Wilson;
Honorary & Retired staff Geoffrey Cantor; John Christie; John Hodge.
Areas of Expertise History of Science; Philosophy of Science; History of Technology; Philosophy of Physics; Philosophy of Biology; Philosophy of Cognitive Science; Philosophy of Mathematics; Philosophy of Social Science; Philosophy of Mathematics;
Special Resources Strong library collections in History of Science and science collections; especially for the 19th and 20th centuries; Impressive reading room modelled on the British Library

Course & Degrees

Undergraduate Courses HPSC1010 The Scientific Revolution; HPSC1020 Science in the Modern World: Darwin, Germs, and the Bomb; HPSC1030 History of Psychology; HPSC1200 How Science Works; HPSC1210 Philosophy of Psychology; HPSC1400 Technology in the Modern World; HPSC2101 Scientific Texts in Context; HPSC2102 Topic in History of Science; HPSC2201 Progress & Revolutions in Science; HPSC2202 Theories & Observations; HPSC2301 History of the Body 1; HPSC2302 Technological Change in History; HPSC2305 Introduction to Technological Change in History; HPSC2821 Genetics, Eugenics and Society; HPSC2850 Ethical Issues in Computing; HPSC 3111 Science & Religion; HPSC 3112 Advanced Topic in History of Science; HPSC 3140 Gender & Science; HPSC 3151 Methods and Themes in History of Science; HPSC 3201 Realism and Truth; HPSC 3301 Science, Technology and Society; HPSC 3310 Philosophy of Biology; HPSC 3312 History of the Body 2; HPSC 3700 Philosophy of Technology; HPSC 3850 Philosophy of Modern Physics;
Undergraduate Units BA in Philosophy of Science; BA in History of Science and Medicine; BA in Technology and Society; You can combine HPS with Philosophy as a Joint Honours BA degree, or you can take a Joint Honours degree combining HPS with any of these subjects: Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree History History of Art Management Studies Religious Studies Sociology Theology Bachelor of Science (BSc) Degree Biology Chemistry Mathematics Physics PsychologyTaught
Postgraduate Courses Diploma in History and Philosophy of Science; MA in History and Philosophy of Science; MA in Gender Studies and History and Philosophy of Science (administered by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies)
Research Degrees MA, MPhil and PhD. Interdisciplinary research degrees are encouraged and joint supervision can be arranged with the following departments: Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies; Cultural Studies; English; Genetics; Law; Medicine; Mathematics; Physics; Sociology

Contact Details

Postal Address Centre for the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK
Phone +44 (0)113 343 3260
Fax +44 (0)113 3433265
Email [email protected]