Journal Club

Assignment for History and Philosophy of Science.

15-20 minute presentation on a recent work of scholarship in history and philosophy of science, or cognate fields. You must pick a paper from the most recent issue (or the issue just before that) of one of the journals on the list of major science studies journals below. You should (1) summarize the argument of the article; (2) describe the type of research done to produce the article, its methodology or approach; (3) engage with it by presenting a supporting argument, raising an objection, or posing a serious and specific interpretive difficulty with it.

You must have your article approved by the instructor, and you must meet with him in office hours (or by appt) the week before your presentation.

List of Approved Journals

General History and Philosophy of Science

  • Philosophy of Science
  • British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
  • European Journal for Philosophy of Science
  • International Studies in the Philosophy of Science
  • Journal for General Philosophy of Science
  • Synthese1 – Epistemology and philosophy of science
  • Studies in History and Philosophy of Science A
  • Perspectives on Science – Multidisciplinary science studies
  • Isis – History of Science Society journal
  • Osiris – History of Science Society journal
  • British Journal for the History of Science
  • Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
  • Social Epistemology1

Science and Technology Studies

(These journals tend to be social-science heavy.)

  • Social Studies of Science – Multidisciplinary science studies
  • Science, Technology, & Human Values
  • Science & Technology Studies

Journals Specializing in Specific Sciences

  • History of the Human Sciences
  • Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
  • History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
  • Biology and Philosophy
  • Journal of the History of Biology
  • Hyle – Philosophy of Chemistry
  • Studies in History and Philosophy of Science B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
  • Studies in History and Philosophy of Science C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Philosophy of the Social Sciences
  • Journal of Economic Methodology

History and Philosophy of Medicine

  • Journal of Medicine and Philosophy
  • Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
  • Social History of Medicine
  • Bulletin of the History of Medicine
  • Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics
  • Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal

History and Philosophy of Technology

  • Techné – Philosophy of Technology
  • Philosophy & Technology
  • Technology and Culture – History of Technology
  • History and Technology

Other

  • Journal of Philosophy, Science & Law
  • HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science
  • Configurations1 – Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Journal (includes both science studies and science fiction studies)

  1. Some articles may not be appropriate. Discuss possible choices with the instructor.