Professional Organizations

Philosophy of Science Organizations


Australasian Association for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science is the professional association of historians, philosophers and social scientists in Australasia studying science, technology and medicine, with all these terms being interpreted as broadly as the natural elasticity of the human mind can achieve.


The British Society for the Philosophy of Science studies the logic, the methods, and the philosophy of science, as well as those of the various special sciences, including the social sciences.


The Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science/Société canadienne d'histoire et de philosophie des sciences is a Canadian forum bringing together historians, philosophers, sociologists, and a wide range of interdisciplinary scholars interested in exploring all aspects of science, past and present. Its newsletter is the Communiqué and its annual conference takes place within the Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities.


The European Philosophy of Science Association was brought to life by the recognition that the time was ripe for a forum that would bring together professional philosophers of science and students from the whole of Europe (and the rest of the world) and foster collaboration and exchange of ideas among them. The general aim of the EPSA is to promote and advance philosophy of science in Europe.


The International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science is devoted to promoting serious, scholarly research on the history of the philosophy of science. We construe this subject broadly, to include topics in the history of related disciplines and in all historical periods, studied through diverse methodologies.


The International History, Philosophy, and Science Teaching Group promotes research informed by the history, philosophy and sociology of science and education for the improvement of better teaching, learning and curricula in science.


The International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology brings together scholars from diverse disciplines, including the life sciences as well as history, philosophy, and social studies of science.


The International Society for the Philosophy of Chemistry is devoted to the international exchange of ideas concerning the philosophical foundations of the chemical sciences and related areas. This exchange fosters discourse between chemists, biochemists, philosophers, historians, sociologists and educators.


The Consortium for Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and Engineering supports, advances, and conducts philosophical work that is related to science and engineering and that contributes to public welfare and collective wellbeing. The Consortium aims to improve the capacity of philosophers of all specializations to collaborate and engage with scientists, engineers, policy-makers, and a wide range of publics to foster epistemically and ethically responsible scientific and technological research.


The Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice advocates a philosophy of scientific practice, based on an analytic framework that takes into consideration theory, practice and the world simultaneously.


The purpose of the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology is to promote philosophy and psychology in the southern section of the United States by facilitating the exchange of ideas among those engaged in these fields of inquiry, by encouraging investigation, by fostering the educational function of philosophy and psychology, and by improving the academic status of the subjects.


Transformational HPS exists to support and promote work at three specific intersections with the History and Philosophy of Science: research queering HPS, research decolonising or making global views of HPS, and research integrating disability studies and HPS. This network and website acts as a focal point for sharing materials, events, and opportunities relevant to these three intersections.


The History of Science Society is the world's largest society dedicated to understanding science, technology, medicine, and their interactions with society in historical context. Over 3,000 individual and institutional members across the world support the Society's mission to foster interest in the history of science and its social and cultural relations.


The American Philosophical Association was founded in 1900 to promote the exchange of ideas among philosophers, to encourage creative and scholarly activity in philosophy, to facilitate the professional work and teaching of philosophers, and to represent philosophy as a discipline.


The American Association for the Advancement of Science is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association. In addition to organizing membership activities, AAAS publishes the journal Science, as well as many scientific newsletters, books and reports, and spearheads programs that raise the bar of understanding for science worldwide.


The Society for Social Studies of Science is the oldest and largest scholarly association devoted to understanding science and technology. The Society exists to facilitate communication across conventional boundaries that separate the disciplines and across national boundaries that separate scholars.


The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics was founded in 1991 with support from Indiana University and the Lilly Endowment to encourage interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching of high quality in practical and professional ethics by educators and practitioners who appreciate the practical-theoretical aspects of their subjects. The Association facilitates communication and joint ventures among centers, schools, colleges, business and nonprofit organizations and individuals concerned with the interdisciplinary study and teaching of practical and professional ethics.


The British Philosophical Association was established in 2003, and its aim is to promote and foster the teaching and study of, and research in Philosophy in the United Kingdom, within higher education and also within the wider community.


The Canadian Philosophical Association/L'Association canadienne de philosophie was founded in 1958 to promote philosophical scholarship and education across Canada, and to represent the interests of the profession in public forums.


The Society for Risk Analysis is a multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, scholarly, international society that provides an open forum for all those who are interested in risk analysis.

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