Cercetare filosofia stiintei programe master

  • Duration: 2 years

MA in history and philosophy of science

It is one of the major characteristics of the modern world. In many ways, the history of modernity is the history of scientific though. But what is this thing called science? How and when did it appear in the Western civilization? How can we generate and utilize scientific knowledge? In what ways does science influence (some would say direct) our lives? Why should we learn it? In what way can science make sense of the world? In what way can science help us making sense of the world?

The first MA programme in the history and philosophy of science offers an interesting and lively environment where we will try to answer some of the above questions together…as well as raising new and exciting questions concerning the nature, structure and history of the modern science(s). The MA is structured as an interdisciplinary, research and teaching programme, affiliated to the Research Centre in Logic, History and Philosophy of Science, one of the youngest and most dynamic research clusters of the University of Bucharest.

Who are we?
The Research Centre in Logic, History and Philosophy of Science is a relatively young and active research cluster involving faculty, graduate students and associated researchers working at a large number of research programmes. It is a also a very lively and in many respects international environment (having a very substantial cyberspace existence).
Among our activities:

  • Weekly research seminar and work-in-progress discussions
  • Conference: Darwin and evolutionism, November 2009
  • Annual summer seminar (in association with New Europe College and the research centre Foundations of Modern Thought, UB): “Princeton-Bucharest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
  • Annual colloquium in Early Modern Philosophy (in association with New Europe College)

Who are our (ideal) students?
The MA programme is open to graduate students of any speciality, willing to learn more about the nature and history of modern science and, ideally, willing to embark in an interesting academic career of teaching and research. They will benefit a wide range of courses and seminars taught by specialists in the fields, and they can also join in the research seminar of the centre, or our research programmes. We strongly believe that research is a “learning-by-doing” activity and we are regarding our students as partners on an interesting voyage of learning and discovery. The very best of them will eventually embark on further academic study at the PhD level in top universities around the world.

Why enrol in this MA?

  • History and philosophy of science is a field in continuous change, with new and exciting developments coming along in the last 10 years all over the world. There is a growing awareness for the need of dialogue between science, philosophy, history of science and history of philosophy – as, for example, in the case of early modern studies/early modern science. Our research centre is connected with similar research-clusters at top universities throughout the world.
  • History and philosophy of science has been neglected in Romania: We are trying to build up here something of a “new field” of studies from the perspective of the Romanian academia. History and philosophy of science has been sadly neglected and we can feel nowadays some of the results of this neglect in the quality of science communication and science popularization in Romanian mass media and public
  • New and interesting career-opportunities: There is a growing interest in the general public for science as a cultural product and a chronic lack of science communicators in the Romanian mass-media or in the general interface between the specialized research and general culture. A large number of science communicators are needed, at all levels. Also, there is a general lack of reflection (in Romania in particulars) on the nature, limits, effects and values of the scientific research today.
  • History of science is fun – and learning history and philosophy of science can be fun and exciting too!

Contact persons :

  • Sorin Costreie
  • Dana Jalobeanu
  • Laurentiu Staicu