Special Program in History & Philosophy of Psychology, Neuroscience,
The Department of History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) is recognized
as a world leader in general history and philosophy of science. In addition
to strengths in the philosophy and history of biology, philosophy and
history of physics, early modern natural philosophy, and ancient science,
the department has excellent resources for graduate study in the history
and philosophy of psychology, neuroscience and psychiatry.
Recent graduate seminars include Perception (Machamer & Machery),
Philosophy of Cognitive Science (Machery), Evolution and Cognition (Machery).
The department is able to offer a generous package of financial support
to most successful applicants for admission and has an excellent record
of placing its PhD graduates in academic positions.
Jim Bogen, Emeritus,
Pitzer College (philosophy), Adjunct Professor, HPS. Philosophy and history
(19th century on) of neuroscience. Recent work includes “Two as
Good as a Hundred: The Use of Poorly Replicated Evidence in Some 19th
Century Neuroscience” (Studies in History and Philosophy of the
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 32, 3, 2001), and “Functional
Brain Imaging: a Custard Pie for Epistemologists” (Proceedings of
the PSA 2000).
Glymour. Professor, CMU, Adjunct Professor, HPS. Philosophy of psychology,
neuropsychology, AI. Author of The Mind's Arrows: Bayes Nets and Graphical
Causal Models in Psychology (MIT, 2003).
Jim Lennox, Professor,
HPS. Emotions and psychiatric disorders (philosophy and history of).
Assistant Professor, HPS, CNBC. Philosophy of cognitive science, experimental
philosophy. Author of Doing Without Concepts (Oxford, forthcoming).
Professor, HPS, CNBC. History and philosophy of perception and cognition,
philosophy of neuroscience, epistemology. Editor with R. Grush and P.
McLaughlin, Theory and Method in the Neurosciences (Pittsburgh,
Sandra D. Mitchell,
Professor, HPS. Epistemological issues in neuroscience. Author of Biological
Complexity and Integrative Pluralism (Cambridge, 2003).
Robert C. Olby,
Research Professor, HPS. History of neuroscience. Author of The Path
to the Double Helix: The Discovery of DNA (Dover, 1994).
Kenneth F. Schaffner,
University Professor, HPS, Professor, Psychiatry. Philosophy and history
of biology and medicine, including psychiatry. Author of Discovery
and Explanation in Biology and Medicine, (Chicago, 1993) and Behaving:
What’s Genetic and What’s Not? (Oxford, forthcoming).
Current and Recent Dissertation Projects:
Justin Sytsma, “Not Something, Not Nothing: On the Possibilities for a Science of Consciousness”.
“Agency and Causal Representation”.
“Reliability and Validity of Experiment in the Neurobiology of Learning
Gualtiero Piccinini, “Computations and
Computers in the Sciences of Mind and Brain”.
Carl Craver, “Neural mechanisms: On the
structure, function, and development of theories in neurobiology”.