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Theodore Arabatzis

Basic Information

Title: Professor
Area of Specialization: History and Philosophy of Science
Division: History of Science and Technology

Contact details

Phone No. : (+30) 210 727 5524
Fax: (+30) 210 727 5530
E-mail: tarabatz[at]phs.uoa[dot]gr
Personal website http://scholar.uoa.gr/tarabatz
Office hours: Tuesday 12.00 - 14.00
Contact address: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Department of Philosophy and History of Science (M.I.Th.E.)
University Campus, Ano Ilisia
15771, Athens

Academic information


  • 1998 M.Sc., Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • 1990 M.A., Program in History of Science, Princeton University
  • 1995 Ph.D., Program in History of Science, Princeton University

Research interests

  • History of the Physical Sciences, 19th-20th centuries
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Historiography of Science

Courses and Seminars


  • Special Topics in the history of physics and chemistry: the physical sciences and the military (with F. Papanelopoulou)


  • History and Philosophy of Experiment
  • Scientific representations: theories and models
  • Scientific objectivity
  • History of 20th century physics (with K. Gavroglu)

Selected Publications

  • "Hidden entities and experimental practice: renewing the dialogue between history and philosophy of science." Ιn S Mauskopf and T. M. Schmaltz (eds.), Integrating History and Philosophy of Science: Problems and Prospects (Springer, forthcoming).
  • "The electron's hesitant passage to modernity, 1913-1925." In M. Epple & F. Müller (eds.), Science as Cultural Practice (Akademie-Verlag, forthcoming).
  • "On the historicity of scientific objects", In T. Sturm & U. Feest (eds.), What (Good) is Historical Epistemology? (MPIWG preprint 386, 2009), σελ. 63-71.
  • "Causes and contingencies in the history of science: a plea for a pluralist historiography," Centaurus 50 (2008), 32-36.
  • T. Arabatzis & V. Kindi, "The Problem of Conceptual Change in the Philosophy and History of Science." In S. Vosniadou (ed.), International Handbook of Research on Conceptual Change (Routledge, 2008), pp. 345-373.
  • "Experiment." In M. Curd and S. Psillos (eds.), The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Science (Routledge, 2008), σελ. 159-170.

Additional Information

  • Co-editor (with Stathis Psillos) of Metascience

Awards / Distinctions

  • Post-doctoral Fellow, Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology, MIT, 2000/2001
  • Visiting Scholar, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Spring Semester 2006/2007
  • Visiting Professor, L'École des hautes etudes en sciences sociales, Paris, May 2010


  • European Philosophy of Science Association (member of the steering committee)
  • Committee for Integrated History and Philosophy of Science
  • History of Science Society (USA)
  • Philosophy of Science Association (USA)
  • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society