Welcome to the School of History & Philosophy of Science

HPS places science in its historical and social contexts and examines how science differs from other forms of knowledge. It observes not only the past but also contemporary theoretical and experimental developments in all areas of science and technology from a range of humanistic perspectives.

HPS offers a balanced program of history, philosophy and social studies of science and medicine from undergraduate to PhD degrees. Graduates emerge with valuable skills in any career requiring an understanding of science, with relevance for careers in government, journalism, academia, science communication, or industry requiring the ability to address and manage complex problems.

Any student with a genuine interest in science will derive benefit from study in the history and philosophy of science.



  • 2018 Research Seminars

    The HPS Research Seminar Series runs on selected Mondays during Semester time.

    All Welcome. No Booking Required. Free

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  • Adelaide Festival/s Writers Week

    Professor Peter Godfrey-Smith will be presenting at the Adelaide Festival/s Writers Week on two dates: Natural Wonders with Jim Robbins on Wednesday 7th March @ 2.30pm and Other Minds Thursday 8th March @ 2.30pm.