Division of History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science and Technology

Tokyo Institute of Technology

Graduate school of Decision Science and Technology

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The Division promotes research in the history and social studies of science and technology, and in the philosophy and methodology of scientific reasoning. It offers a wide range of the courses, both at undergraduate and graduate levels. It also runs a weekly seminar, known as Kazemi (Tuesday Seminar), which is open to both the academic community and the public, for a deeper understanding of scientific and technological culture in the general public and among policy makers is a central goal of the Division's research and teaching. The Division is further divided into three subdivisions or chairs:

1. History and Social Studies of Technology

2. History and Social Studies of Science

3. Logic and Methodology of Science

1. History and Social Studies of Technology

The rapid growth of science and technology, and of their interconnections, especially since World War II, has brought about a great number of complex social and environmental problems. Thus, technology has become a central theme in public, political, and academic discourses. The Subdivision focuses on the analysis of technological change, its social, cultural, environmental, and ethical dimensions, and as well on the future of technology and high-tech society. It explores the development of technology in broad cultural and historical contexts, as well as in its relation to scientific practice. It also covers the Science and Technology Studies (STS).

Staff

KIMOTO, Tadaaki (Professor)

NAKAJIMA, Hideto (Associate Professor)

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2. History and Social Studies of Science

The impact of science on society has grown to a level that would have been unthinkable even a decade ago. Science shapes almost all spheres of our lives today. As a result, research into the nature of the scientific practice has become a necessity, and therefore major academic challenge. Among the key issues of the Subdivision are military uses of science, sciences in national contexts, and the history of physics, chemistry, and biology in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Subdivision aims to promote a greater public awareness and understanding of science in order to enable the wider public to take a more active role in the shaping of future scientific culture. In approaching these tasks, the Subdivision emphasizes the social context of scientific practice and its contingency upon the cultural resources of the time.

Staff

YAMAZAKI, Masakatsu (Professor)

KAJI, Masanori (Associate Professor)

Yakup Bektas (Research Associate)

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3. Logic and Methodology of Science

The complex and multidimensional character of scientific endeavor has made the study of the nature of science a major intellectual venture. The Subdivision aims to elucidate the fundamental basis of scientific thinking and its methodology analytically and historically. It explores contemporary philosophies and methodological approaches to the interpretation of the nature of science and scientific reasoning, including logic.

Staff

WARAGAI, Toshiharu (Professor)


This page has been prepared with assistance and advice of Dr. Paul Forman and Dr. Yakup Bektas from the Smithsonian Institution.


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