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

Anjan Chakravartty wins Guggenheim fellowship

Anjan Chakravartty

Anjan Chakravartty has been awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship! During his year off, Chakravartty will explore how people should think about the rationality of their beliefs in the face of disagreement among experts.

Read more here.

Monica Solomon wins ACLS fellowship

Monica Solomon HPS

Congratulations to Monica Solomon, who has been named as one of the 2016-17 ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellows http://www.acls.org/news/4-27-2016/. Monica’s dissertation is entitled "On the Interaction between Mathematical Methods and Metaphysics in Isaac Newton’s Writings: The Case of Mathematical Forces”.

You can read more about Monica’s project here.

Robert Goulding to Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study in 2016-17

Congratulations to Reilly Fellow and HPS faculty member Robert Goulding, who has been awarded a place at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study in 2016-17! 

Robert Goulding

There he will work on a book manuscript on the optics of the Elizabethan mathematician and polymath Thomas Harriot. His project will use the manuscript papers of Harriot to reconstruct his experiments on light, with mirrors, lenses, prisms, both in his workshop and in his imagination. Harriot discovered the law of refraction some twenty years before Snel and Descartes, and, through his experiments with prisms, anticipated the color theory of Newton by half a century. Robert's work will examine Harriot's optical researches, and put them in the context of early-modern optics and natural philosophy, where they can be seen both to spring from common concerns of the period, and to be utterly original and much more sophisticated than any of his contemporaries. 

Once that project is completed, he will be turning to another project he has been working on in recent years, concerning the natural philosophy of the sixteenth-century logician and educational reformer, Petrus Ramus.

HPS student Julianna Poole heads to Iceland


HPS student Julianna Poole will be attending the 2016 Summer Course in Modern Icelandic, a language immersion program held in Reykjavík by the University of Iceland and the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies. For her dissertation, she plans to study the history of medicine in medieval England and Scandinavia. Modern Icelandic will be essential to her studies because much of the current literature on medieval Scandinavia is published in Modern Icelandic, this being the native language of many prominent scholars in the field. Julianna's participation in the program is funded through a Notre Dame Summer Language Abroad Grant.

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Upcoming Events

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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Notre Dame, IN 46556
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