Welcome to the History and Philosophy of Science Graduate Program at Notre Dame

Our doctoral program offers graduate-level instruction leading to a discipline-based HPS Ph.D. Students in our distinctive, inter-departmental program are also fully trained in philosophy, history, or theology.

We also offer a concurrent master’s degree and a graduate minor to students enrolled in other Notre Dame Ph.D. programs.

Our faculty members are drawn from a variety of departments including history, philosophy, theology, english, and the program of liberal studies. Our students come from a wide range of backgrounds in the humanities and sciences, and take their HPS expertise on into positions in academia and elsewhere (see our alumni page, under 'HPS People').

Recent News

The Collaboration Conundrum: Special Interests and Scientific Research

The Collarboration Conundrum Conference is taking place at the University of Notre Nov. 5-7.  https://reilly.nd.edu/news-and-events/conferences/c3/.  Speakers and panelists include HPS faculty and Alums, Anjan Chakravartty (Reilly Center Director, UND Philosophy), Janet Kourany (UND Philosophy), Kristin Shrader-Frechette (UND Philosophy, O'Neill Chair),  Manuela Fernandez-Pinto (University of Helsinki), and Kevin Elliot (Michigan State University)

Midwest PhilMath Workshop

The sixteenth annual meeting of the Midwest PhilMath Workshop will take place November 7-8, 2015 on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. All sessions of the workshop will be in room 129 of Debartolo Hall. The Program and additional inforamtion can be found at https://mdetlefsen.nd.edu/midwest-philmath-workshop/midwest-philmath-workshop-16/

Teh to host "Categories of Understanding Workshop"

Dr Nicholas Teh is a philosopher of physics who is working on articulating and developing the conceptual insights that category theory brings to the foundations of physics, as well as exploiting its fruitfulness as a lingua franca for philosophers, mathematicians, and physicists."

Since its incipience, category theory has provided fruitful and novel ways of drawing connections between mathematics, logic, philosophy, and physics. The goal of this interdisciplinary workshop is to survey new questions about “physical theories” that have arisen as a result of this interaction.

This workshop is open to all members of the Notre Dame community, although we ask that participants register at https://goo.gl/QtXL1y so that lunch can be catered accordingly. Graduate students are especially welcome. The organizers gratefully acknowledge the support of an ISLA Integrative Scholarship Grant. catworkshopflyer.pdf


Invited speakers and commentators:

Antonio Delgado (Physics, Notre Dame)

Hans Halvorson (Philosophy, Princeton)

Chris Kapulkin (Mathematics, UWO)

Christopher Kolda (Physics, Notre Dame)

Stephan Stolz (Mathematics, Notre Dame)

Nicholas Teh (Philosophy, Notre Dame)

Dimitris Tsementzis (Philosophy, Princeton)

Janet Kourany to speak at celebration of Martin Carrier in Bielefeld

A conference in honor of the 60th birthday of Martin Carrier wil be held at Bielefeld University, Germany on October 12. Carrier is a Professor of Philosophy at Bielefeld.


Conference speakers include HPS faculty member and Reilly Fellow Janet Kourany, who was a fellow at Bielefeld's Center for Interdisciplinary Research in 2014. Other speakers include Philip Kitcher (Columbia), Paul Hoyningen-Huene (Hannover), Torsten Wilholt (Hannover). 

Bielefeld's science studies programs (formerly the graduate History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science Program, HPSS, and now the graduate History, Economics, and Philosophy of Science Program, HEPS) and Notre Dame's HPS Program are partners in a thriving exchange program. The collaboration involves student, post-doc, and faculty exchanges, the joint organization of conferences, and collaborative publications, such as the volume The Challenge of the Social and the Pressure of Practice: Science and Values Revisited, by Martin Carrier, Don Howard, and Janet Kourany, eds. (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008).


HPS program welcomed ten new and visiting faculty and students this Fall

Julianna Poole

Julianna Poole (History track) has a masters degree in molecular biology from Princeton and is currently pursuing research on the character and effects of Old English medical remedies.

Martin Beers (Philosophy track) comes to us from Thomas Aquinas College, and has research interests in philosophy of physics.

Jude Galbraith's (Philosophy track) undergraduate degree is in philosophy from the University of Dallas, and he is interested in ethical implications of science and how science intersects with society.

Sebastian Murgueitio Ramirez (Philosophy track) was a double major in philosophy and physics at Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, and his interests are in philosophy of physics. 

Evan Ragland

Evan Ragland is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History. He works on the development of widespread practices of experimentation in early modern Europe. He teaches and researches on the histories of science and religion and the senses. Among his publications are: Early Modern Medicine and Natural Philosophy (Springer, forthcoming fall 2015); “Mechanism, the Senses, and Reason: Franciscus Sylvius and Dutch Debates over Anatomical Knowledge after Harvey and Descartes,” in Early Modern Medicine and Natural Philosophy, forthcoming 2015; “Introduction,” co-authored with Benjamin Goldberg, in Early Modern Medicine and Natural Philosophy, forthcoming 2015. Learn more >

Nicholas Teh

Nicholas Teh is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy. His main research area is the philosophy of physics, and broader research interests include the philosophy of science, as well as a range of topics in metaphysics, ethics, and aesthetics . I have two longer-term research projects within this general area. Learn more >


Norman Sieroka is visiting from ETH Zürich, where he is now Chair of Philosophy and a senior research fellow. His focus is on philosophy of mind (in particular phenomenology), philosophy of physics and mathematics, natural philosophy, and the historiography of philosophy and of the sciences. He is teaching a graduate HPS course this Fall titled Philosophical Issues Concerning Time. 

Laura Georgescu is a PhD student at Ghent University in the Department of Philosophy & Moral Science. She is visiting Notre Dame as a Provost's Initiative Visiting Scholar this Fall. Her research is on the history and philosophy of scientific experimentation, specifically on how scientific concepts are articulated, stabilized, and destabilized through experimentation. She works on attempts to make sense of magnetism and magnetic phenomena from the late sixteenth century to the early nineteenth century.

Sander Klaase is a PhD Candidate in Science and Religion at The University of Edinburg. He is visiting ND until October via the Edinburgh Exchange Program. He is working in the field of science and religion and engaging in the realism debates of philosophy of science and philosophy of religion.

Aleta Quinn

Aleta Quinn is a Residential Fellow at the NDIAS this Fall. She graduated from the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh in 2015 and is a philosopher of science with research interests in the history and philosophy of biology and the role of values in science. Her research has focused on systematics, the science that discovers biodiversity. Her research awards include a Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellowship and a Provost’s Development Fund Award from the University of Pittsburgh. Learn more >

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Upcoming Events

Thu Dec 3, 2015

Message From the Program Director

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Thank you to everyone who participated in our celebration conference marking 25 years of our doctoral program! Welcoming back so many of our alumnae and alumni was wonderful, and we look forward to seeing many more of you back here in the coming months and years: please get in touch if you would like to visit! To prospective graduate students and visitors: please enjoy exploring our website to familiarize yourself with our activities and the opportunities we offer, and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

Katherine Brading
- Director, History and Philosophy of Science Graduate Program
- Associate Professor of Philosophy

Email: kbrading@nd.edu
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