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Welcome to the Department of History and Philosophy of Sciences!

The Philosophy and History of Science Department was founded in 1993 and started admitting students in 1994-1995 (about 100 per year). It participates in the offering of a score of popular graduate programs, in partnership with other departments from several Greek universities.

The Philosophy and History of Science Department is focused on the philosophical and historical study of all the sciences (mathematical, physical, life, human, social, etc). In addition, it educates in areas that have developed in interaction to the philosophy and history of science (e.g., ‘history of technology’, ‘cognitive science’, ‘science, technology, society’).  This is the only department of its kind in Greece. Its status as a world center of excellence in research and teaching in Philosophy and History of Science (PHS) is widely acknowledged (see, for example, the department’s recent evaluation by an external committee of international experts).

The way society understands science and technology strongly determines the quality of the life of its citizens. Teaching at the Philosophy and History of Science department is focused on a critical understanding of science and technology, in reference to all important branches of science (from mathematics to economics and from biology to law).  Over the course of their study, students regularly serve as interns to a wide range of institutions, from bioethics committees to parliamentary committees on science, technology and environmental policy. The department graduates are then uniquely prepared to work at educational and research environments (universities, schools, laboratories, archives, libraries, etc), institutions engaged in the formation of the public image of science and technology (museums, science centers, publishing houses, newspapers, etc), organizations focused on scientific and technological politics (government, businesses, local authorities, governing authorities as well as in the European Union etc.).

The people working at the department (professors, researchers, graduate students) actively participate in scientific communities such as the following: the Philosophy of Science Association, the History of Science Society, the Society for the History of Technology, the Society for Social Studies of Science, the International Association of Applied Psychology, the European Society for Analytical Philosophy, the European Association of Law & Economics.