History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
Co-chairs: Michael Friedman (Philosophy), Jessica Riskin (History)
Committee-in-Charge: Barton Bernstein (History), Paula Findlen (History), Michael Friedman (Philosophy), Helen Longino (Philosophy), Reviel Netz (Classics), Robert Proctor (History)
Program Committee: Paula Findlen (History), Michael Friedman (Philosophy), Helen Longino (Philosophy), Reviel Netz (Classics), Robert Proctor (History), Jessica Riskin (History), Londa Schiebinger (History, Clayman Institute for Gender Research)
Professors: Keith Baker (History), Barton Bernstein (History), Paula Findlen (History), Michael Friedman (Philosophy), David Holloway (History, Institute for International Studies, Political Science), David Kennedy (History), Reviel Netz (Classics), Robert Proctor (History), Londa Schiebinger (History, Clayman Institute for Gender Research), Richard White (History), Helen Longino (Philosophy)
Associate Professors: Jessica Riskin (History), Caroline Winterer (History)
Assistant Professors: Sarah Jain (Anthropology), Thomas Mullaney (History), Priya Satia (History), Fred Turner (Communication)
Professor (Research): Rega Wood (Philosophy)
Lecturers: Tom Ryckman (Philosophy), Margo Horn, John McCaskey
Other Affiliation: Henry Lowood (Stanford University Libraries)
Visiting Scholar: Adrienne Mayor (Classics)
Mail Code: 94305-2024
Web Site: http://HPST.stanford.edu
The Program in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (HPST) teaches students to examine the sciences, medicine and technology from myriad perspectives, conceptual, historical and social. Our community of scholars includes core faculty and students in History and Philosophy and affiliated members in Classics, Anthropology, English, Political Science, Communication and other disciplines. Together, we draw upon the multiple methods of our disciplines to study the development, functioning, applications and social and cultural engagements of the sciences.
Stanford's Program in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology is a collaborative enterprise of the Departments of History and Philosophy. Each department has its own undergraduate and graduate degree programs in this area, but these overlap and interact through the structure of requirements, advising, team-taught courses, an active graduate student community and a shared colloquium series.
The program's courses span a period from antiquity to the late 20th century, with emphasis on: ancient science; Renaissance science; the Scientific Revolution; Enlightenment and transatlantic science; history of medicine and the body; history and philosophy of biology; history and philosophy of modern physics; history of the philosophy of science in the modern period; and gender, science, and technology.
The Department of History offers an interdisciplinary track in History, Science, and Medicine; the Department of Philosophy offers a degree field in History and Philosophy of Science.
Graduate students in the Program in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology can pursue a Ph.D. either in History, through its Ph.D. field in History of Science, Medicine and Technology, or in Philosophy, through its Ph.D. field in Philosophy of Science. Students completing the requirements of the HPST program graduate with a diploma stating their concentration in HPST.
The following courses may be used to fulfill optional course requirements:
HPS/PHIL 60. Introduction to Philosophy of Science
PHIL 16N. Values and Objectivity
PHIL 15N. Freedom, Community, and Morality
CLASSGEN 133.Invention of Science
CLASSGEN 16. Archimedes and His Science
SCIENCE IN HISTORY
This sequence is designed to introduce students to the history of Science from antiquity to the 20th century. Students are advised to take most or all of this sequence as a core foundation.
CLASSGEN 22N. Technologies of Civilization: Writing, Number, and Money
HISTORY 31/STS 125/225. Science, Technology, and Art: The Worlds of Leonardo
HISTORY 40/140. World HIstory of Science
HISTORY 41A/141A. The Emergence of Modern Medicine
HISTORY 44N. The History of Women and Gender in Science, Medicine, and Engineering
OSPFLOR 44. The Revolution in Science: Galileo and the Birth of Modern Scientific Thought
MEDICINE IN HISTORY
This sequence is designed to introduce students to the history of medicine from antiquity to the 20th century. Students are advised to take most or all of this sequence as a core foundation.
AMSTUD 156. History of Women and Medicine in the United States
HISTORY 243G/343G. Tobacco and Health in World History
PHILOSOPHICAL PERSPECTIVES ON SCIENCE, MEDICINE, AND TECHNOLOGY
This sequence is designed to introduce students to the philosophy of science. Students are advised to take HPS 60 above as a starting point, and combine a number of the electives listed below in conjunction with courses in the other concentrations that address their specific interests.
FEMST 166/PHIL 184F/284F. Feminist Theories of Knowledge
HPS 220. Nineteenth-Century Philosophy of Science
PHIL 107/207. Plato and Heraclitus
PHIL 115/215. Problems in Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 163/263. Significant Figures in Philosophy of Science
PHIL 164/264. Central Topics in the Philosophy of Science: Theory and Evidence
PHIL 165/265. Philosophy of Physics
PHIL 167A/267A. Philosophy of Biology
PHIL 167B/267B. Philosophy, Biology, and Behavior
PHIL 224. Kant's Philosophy of Physical Science
PHIL 224A. Math in Kant's Philosophy
PHIL 360. Core Seminar in Philosophy of Science
PHIL 365. Seminar in Philosophy of Science: Time
OSPOXFRD 26. Spirit, Mind, Brain:Evolving Understanding in Neurology/Neuroscience
HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES ON SCIENCE
The following courses focus on specific episodes in or approaches to the history of science.
HPS 154. What is Science? Explaining Nature from Pythagoras to Popper
FRENGEN 295. Science, Technology, and Society in Europe and the U.S.: Ethical Debates and Controversies
HISTORY 142/342. Darwin in History of Life
HISTORY 208A/308A. Science and the Law in History
HISTORY 232F/332F. The Scientific Revolution
HISTORY 241F/341F. History of the Modern Fact
HISTORY 241G/341G/STS 134/234. History of the Senses
HISTORY 241S. Science and Culture Wars
CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES ON SCIENCE, MEDICINE, AND TECHNOLOGY
The following courses focus on contemporary cultural and social science approaches to science, technology, and medicine.
HPS 199. Directed Reading
HPS 299. Graduate Individual Work
ANTHRO 180. Science, Technology, and Gender
HISTORY 144/344. Gender in Science, Medicine, and Engineering
HISTORY 242G. Representing the World: Maps, Statistics, and Photography
HISTORY 243C/343C. 18th-Century Colonial Science and Medicine
HISTORY 243S/443A. Human Origins: History, Evidence, and Controversy
HISTORY 244C/444C. The History of the Body in Science, Medicine, and Culture
HUMBIO 175. Healthcare as Seen Through Medical History, Literature, and the Arts