History and Philosophy of Science

  • Brian Ellis
  • Roderick Home
  • David Oldroyd
  • Robert Nola
  • Howard Sankey
  • Keith Hutchison
  • Neil Thomason
  • John Wilkins
  • John Forge
  • Philip Catton
  • Ruth Barton
Reference work entry


This chapter is concerned primarily with the educational roles and academic contributions of programs in history and philosophy of science (hereafter HPS) in Australasia. It focuses mainly on those that are most relevant to the overall project of writing a history of philosophy in Australasia. The philosophy of science has always been an important part of philosophy and so must be given prominence in this review. But the philosophy of science always needs to be discussed in relation to the history of science and to the methodology of its research programs. For it seeks to describe, analyse and evaluate the aims, methods and achievements of science. Therefore, it needs to be informed about the history of scientific thought and discovery and to have a good understanding of scientific research methods. The history, methodology and philosophy of science are, of course, three different enquiries, but it is hard to see how any one of them could be pursued successfully independently of the others. HPS departments around the world have generally acknowledged this fundamental interdependence of aims, and sought, with varying degrees of success, to accommodate them.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian Ellis
    • 1
  • Roderick Home
    • 2
  • David Oldroyd
    • 3
  • Robert Nola
    • 4
  • Howard Sankey
    • 2
  • Keith Hutchison
    • 2
  • Neil Thomason
    • 2
  • John Wilkins
    • 2
  • John Forge
    • 5
  • Philip Catton
    • 6
  • Ruth Barton
    • 7
  1. 1.School of Communication, Arts and Critical EnquiryLa Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.School of Historical and Philosophical StudiesThe University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia
  3. 3.School of HumanitiesUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  4. 4.Department of PhilosophyThe University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  5. 5.Unit for History and Philosophy of ScienceThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  6. 6.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of CanterburyChristchurchNew Zealand
  7. 7.Department of HistoryThe University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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