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Science Through a Humanist Lens

Submitted by Arts & Sciences Web Team on December 14, 2016 - 4:00pm
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Every scientific advancement is about more than just the science. From evolutionary theory to the atomic bomb to genetic testing, scientific breakthroughs tell us about the prevailing world view and human nature. They raise ethical issues with enduring consequences. Exploring these aspects of science is the focus of the UW History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) program.

“History and philosophy of science comprises a set of ways to ask, ‘Why do we understand the world as we do?’” says Bruce Hevly, associate professor of history and a core member of the HPS faculty. “The subject teaches our students critical thinking in the very best sense.”

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