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School of History and Philosophy of Science

Placing science in its historical and social context
At the crossroads of arts and science, we examine past and current developments in all areas of science, technology and medicine from a range of humanistic perspectives.

History and philosophy of science (HPS) is an ideal way to critically engage with science and its social and cultural significance. Any student with a genuine interest in science will derive benefit from the study of this discipline.

Teaching at the School of History and Philosophy of Science

Teaching staff in the School of History and Philosophy of Science have published widely in their fields of expertise and have gained international recognition for their research. This makes them fantastic educators, sharing their knowledge and experiences in the classroom so students can be at the forefront of innovations in the field.

The University of Sydney is ranked first in Australia and fourth in the world for graduate employability.* This stems from our immersive, research-led teaching which prepares students for the real-world and a successful career.

*QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020.


All remaining Semester One HPS Seminars have been postponed until further notice on the advice of the Vice Chancellor.

We will update as soon as we have some positive dates.


News Bites

When pestilence hit Malang, East Java, in 1911 young doctors from STOVIA took to the field. They treated patients in villages without protective gears, which did not exist at the time. Their actions were heroic because at the same time, many Dutch East Indies doctors refused to go near the deadly disease. READ FULL INTERVIEW


Our own Prof. Godfrey-Smith has been awarded the American Philosophical Society 2019 Patrick Suppes Prize in recognition of his book Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life.   He was awarded the prize at the APS Autumn Meeting on November 8, 2019.

The Patrick Suppes Prize honors accomplishments in three deeply significant scholarly fields to him, with the prize rotating each year between philosophy of science, psychology or neuroscience, and history of science. The Patrick Suppes Prize in the Philosophy of Science is awarded for an outstanding book in philosophy of science appearing within the preceding six years.

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  • Room 394 Carslaw F07

School of History and Philosophy of Science

  • Room 389 Carslaw F07

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