History and Philosophy of Science

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.

History and Philosophy of Science
Dr Gerhard Wiesenfeldt with students.

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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Students in Arts West (Building 148).

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