Netherlands, Utrecht

History and Philosophy of Science: Revolutions in Science

when 27 August 2012 - 31 August 2012
duration 1 week
credits 1.5 EC
fee EUR 480

Science is one of the major determinants of modern society. Both the history and philosophy of science aim at a deeper understanding of the nature of the scientific enterprise and the knowledge it produces. The philosophy of science studies general questions concerning the nature of scientific knowledge and scientific methods, but also includes conceptual analysis of fundamental theories such as relativity, quantum mechanics, evolution and modern genetics. The historical approach focuses on the development of scientific thought and practice in times past. It does not limit itself to the problems, methods and solutions assigned by scientists, but extends its scope to the interplay with cultural, social or institutional features at particular times and places.

Course leader

Prof. Dr. Dennis Dieks and Dr. Jeroen van Dongen

Target group

Are you an advanced and ambitious bachelor student in the Humanities or Sciences with a strong interest in History and Philosophy of Science? The Utrecht Summer School curriculum will provide you an excellent introduction to the field of HPS and offer an opportunity to get acquainted with the HPS master program in Utrecht.

Applications will be reviewed by a Selection Committee (maximum number of participants: 20).

Course aim

Introducing students to advanced subjects in current History and Philisophy of Science. The central theme will be “Scientific Revolutions”.

Credits info

1.5 EC
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 480: Course + course materials + housing + deposit


A limited number of scholarships in the form of (partial) fee waivers intended for talented students from developing countries is available. Talented students from other countries can also apply. There are no travel grants. If you seek financial support y

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