The History and Philosophy of Science program began in 1946 at the University of Melbourne as one of the first departments of its kind in the world.
Our vibrant, interdisciplinary program will challenge the way you think about the world. We address questions about the nature of scientific inquiry; the way in which our knowledge of the natural world, as well as the human body and mind, has changed throughout history; the complex relationship between science, culture, religion and politics; and the place of technology in the modern world.
As one of the most eclectic programs at the University, we embrace an interest in ‘almost everything’ and combine the critical thinking of the humanities with the knowledge and discoveries of the sciences.
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Explore our research
Our world-class researchers use historical, philosophical and sociological methods to critically reflect and explore the most pressing issues in science and technology of our time.
The repliCATS project
The repliCATS project is among the first projects to address one of the most pressing controversies of modern science: scientific replicability.
Disposal of the Dead: Beyond Burial and Cremation
The DeathTech research team have been studying questions at the intersection of death, technology, and society for more than a decade.
Gender Diversity Narratives in the Australian Context
Do Australians think workplace gender diversity is important? This research project explores the question by examining articles published in Australian print media between 1995-2020.
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The History and Philosophy of Science program is one of the most eclectic in the University, inviting you to reflect critically on science and technology in modern life. Find out more about our:
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Meet our History and Philosophy of Science staff
Our academics are leading teachers, researchers and industry professionals.
Lecturer in Social studies of technology; History and Philosophy of Science Discipline Chair
Lecturer in History of Medicine and Life Sciences; Undergraduate coordinator
Senior Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science; Honours and Graduate Diploma (Advanced) coordinator
Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies
ARC Future Fellow
Professor in History and Philosophy of Science
Lecturer in History of Science
Assoc. Professor in Historical and Philosophical Studies; Associate Dean (Advancement)