History & Philosophy of Science Introduced as New Concentration
The history and philosophy of science (HPS), a program that has been in the works since 2009 and is spearheaded by Assistant
Professor of Philosophy Christopher Mirus, is now officially available for students
to designate as a concentration.
"Students in the concentration will study the history and philosophy of particular
sciences with experts in those fields, while also benefitting from the broader perspectives
of historians, philosophers and other nonscientists," according to Mirus.
The concentration requires 15 hours of coursework and includes several new courses
such as Scientific Revolutions, Faith and Science and History and Philosophy of Mathematics.
The opening of the concentration coincides with the first lecture of a new series,
Science Conversations, which will feature Phillip Sloan, professor emeritus of liberal studies and of history
and philosophy of science at the University of Notre Dame, as the speaker on Sept.
27 in the university's Art History Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Sloan will speak on the
topic "The Converging Life Sciences and Human Dignity: Historical and Philosophical
Perspectives on Contemporary Biophilosophies."