The Department of History and Philosophy of Science supports both a graduate and undergraduate program of study of science, its nature and fundamentals, its origins, and its place in modern politics, culture, and society. In the history of science, traditional and non-traditional historical methods are used to develop an understanding of how the sciences originated, how they were practiced, how they developed, and how they related to their intellectual and social contexts. These include archival research, textual analysis, and re-enactment of experiments. In philosophy of science, the sciences themselves are brought under philosophical scrutiny. We investigate the nature of science in general; what distinguishes scientific activity; how theories explain; how they are confirmed; whether they should be read literally; and the moral dilemmas raised by the sciences. We also investigate the fundamental content of individual sciences and how it bears on the ancient philosophical questions: what is the nature of space, time, and matter; what is life; and what is thought? History and philosophy of science is distinctive in integrating these two areas of study, with investigations in each area often closely interwoven.
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Open Rank Professor of History and Philosophy of Science University of Pittsburgh, Department of History and Philosophy of Science is searching to fill two tenured or tenure track positions. Rank: Open in History and Philosophy of Science beginning September 1, 2017, pending budgetary approval. AOS: Open, but with strong preference for History and Philosophy of Biology; AOC: Open. Candidates should exhibit interest in integrating history and philosophy of science as well as in-depth knowledge of the science or sciences relevant to their research. Four courses per year; graduate and undergraduate advising; usual non-teaching duties. Ph.D. prior to appointment is required.
Tenured applicants should submit a cover letter and a CV, references not required at this time, through the following URL: https://facultysearch.as.pitt.edu/apply/index/MTY0.
Untenured Applicants should submit a cover letter, a CV, at least three confidential references, a research statement, teaching experience, and a writing sample through the following URL: https://facultysearch.as.pitt.edu/apply/index/MTY0. For each reference, you will have the opportunity to input a personal email address or an email address generated through Interfolio’s Online Application Delivery. In both cases, an email notification will be sent to the designated address with instructions about uploading the letters to our system.
Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.
Please direct any questions to Natalie Schweninger, HPS Department Administrator, firstname.lastname@example.org
3:30 PM in 817R Cathedral of Learning, Reception Following.