History and Philosophyof Science and Technology III


With respect to Knowledge stemming from a historical and philosophical approach to science and technology, focused on a contemporary perspective of:

  1. The new paradigms of research after WWWII
  2. The dynamics of networks of research and communication for scientific an technical knowledge.

Students will acquire knowledge of:

  • Individuals
  • Concepts and Theories
  • Instruments and Techniques
  • Institutions (both formal and informal)
  • Publications
  • Networks

With respect to Comprehension, students will be prepared to:

  • Understand the existence of a plurality of  modes of action and thought, in past and in the present
  • Assess the complexity and diversity of situations, events and mentalities
  • Understand issues inherent to the historical record
  • Develop of a critical and anti-reductionist attitude

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Isabel Maria da Silva Pereira Amaral


Weekly - 2

Total - 112

Teaching language





H. Collins, T. Pinch, T. (eds.), The Golem at Large: what you should know about technology, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1998

 P. J.  Bowler, I. R. Morus, Making Modern Science. A Historical Survey, Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2005

S. Psillos,  M. Curd (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Science, London: Routledge, 2008 

T. G. Cook., History of Education in Europe, New York: Beekman Pub,1974 (http://www.inventingeurope.eu/tours/)

Teaching method

The classes involve a combination of theory and practice. The teacher will provide introductions to the main themes of the course and questions for debate as well as case studies for discussion by the students. All the materials (articles, books, PowerPoint slides) will be available online to the students on the course page in Moodle.

Evaluation method

Evaluation includes:

1. Oral presentation of a scientific article about a specific program theme (40%);

2. Elaboration of a critical book review concerning one of the topics of the discipline (60%)

Subject matter

General Programme

  1. The scientific and technical knowledge at XXth century
  2.  The new paradigms of research after WWWII
    1. Physical sciences
    2. Life and Health Sciences
    3. Engineering
    4. Networks on science and technology and its relevance to teaching science
      1. ALLEA (www.allea.org)
      2. International Networks for Natural Sciences (innspub.net)
      3. Tensions of Europe (http://www.tensionsofeurope.eu)


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