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About the Center

Center for History and Philosophy of Science

Executive Director: Michael Friedman

HPST Director: Jessica Riskin
LMPS Director: Michael Friedman
Staff: Rosemary Rogers (725-0714), rrogers at stanford dot edu

The Patrick Suppes Center for History and Philosophy of Science (CHPS) brings together faculty, and research initiatives concerned with understanding science, technology, and medicine from historical, philosophical, logical, methodological, and cultural points of view. CHPS comprises two Divisions: the Division of History of Science and Technology (HST) and the Division of Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science (LMPS). HST and LMPS, both separately and in cooperation, sponsor visiting scholars, postdoctoral researchers, workshops, and speakers, providing a bridge, in general, between the humanities and the sciences.

HST involves primarily historians of science, technology, and medicine, and cooperates with other units concerned with the social and cultural context of these disciplines. LMPS involves primarily philosophers of science and logicians, and cooperates with other units concerned with logic and methodology. CHPS as a whole pursues the history and philosophy of all of these areas, and is connected in this way with the Program in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (HPST). HPST is an interdisciplinary graduate program jointly administered by the History and Philosophy Departments.

Prospective students interested in applying to the graduate program should consult the "History and Philosophy of Science and Technology" section of the bulletin, and the admissions requirements of the department in which they wish to apply for a M.A. or Ph.D.

Students interested in a single discipline approach to the study of science and technology should consider majoring in either History (the History, Science and Medicine concentration within the History major) or Philosophy (the HPST concentration within the Philosophy major).