History and Philosophy of Science

Research aspirations

History and Philosophy of Science is an Arts discipline with very strong connections to and synergies with disciplines in other faculties, most notably in Science, Engineering and MDHS. A central function for research in HPS thus remains in bridging the gap between the different research traditions and research cultures. In a period in which the divergence between STEM and HASS disciplines becomes more manifest, HPS regards itself a necessary complement enabling communication between the disciplines. This involves a continued critical debate with STEM disciplines about the nature and implications of scientific research, but also an engagement with humanities and social sciences about the cultural relevance of the sciences. A particular project in this framework will focus on the history of Australian science, as a broad collaboration with the University archives and cultural collections as well as the Australasian Association for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science.