IUHPST/DLMPST

INTERNATIONAL UNION OF HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

DLMPST Commissions

The DLMPST has four inter-division commissions shared with DHST:

In addition to that, there are two DLMPST Commissions:

  • The commission on Arabic Logic and
  • the commission on the Philosophy of Technology and Engineering Sciences.

Commission for History and Philosophy of Computing

President. Liesbeth De Mol (Lille, France).
Vice-President. Giuseppe Primiero (London, England).
Website: http://www.hapoc.org.

HaPoC is an interdivision commission of the DHST and DLMPST. It organises the biennial HaPoC conferences in odd-numbered years: HaPoC 2011 (Gent, Belgium), HaPoC 2013 (Paris, France), HaPoC 2015 (Pisa, Italy). In even-numbered years, it organises a symposium called History and Philosophy of Programming: HaPoP 2012 (Birmingham, England), HaPoP 2014 (London, England), HaPoP 2016 (Paris, France). HaPoC was established in 2013 as a DHST commission and co-commissioned by DLMPST in 2015.

The aims of this commission are to enhance our understanding of computing by means of historical and philosophical explorations; to enforce and support collaborations among researchers involved in any of the topics relevant to HaPoC; and to promote the organization of scientific and cultural events that strengthen knowledge and relevance of computing.

International Association for Science and Cultural Diversity

President. Kenji Ito (Hayama, Japan).
Secretary General. Madeline Muntersbjorn (Toledo OH, United States of America).
Website: http://www.iascud.org

IASCUD was founded in the year 2000 during the VII Congreso Mexicano de Historia de la Ciencia y la Tecnología and was officially commissioned by the DHST/IUHPST in 2001 and by DLMPST/IUHPST in 2015. IASCUD sets itself the task of promoting a critical analysis of several trends in history and philosophy of science and technology. It diagnoses that the divide of history of knowledge based on the areas studied is detrimental to a fruitful deployment of the field. IASCUD thereby aims at bringing together all those who are convinced that a global approach to the history of knowledge provides the right framework for a fully theoretical approach to science and technology. It sets itself the task of building bridges among various groups that develop the history of knowledge, wishing thereby to promote a new understanding of what may be conceived as cultural diversity in relation to science.

DHST/DLMPST Joint Commission

Chair. Hasok Chang (Cambridge, England).
Website: http://iuhps.net/pages/inter-division-commissions/joint-commission.php

The two divisions maintain a Joint Commission in order to enhance cooperation between them. The main responsibility of the Joint Commission is to explore research fields of mutual interest to historians and philosophers of science and technology and logicians by means of Joint Conferences and symposia on topics of mutual interest. The main activity of the Joint Commission is the organisation of a session at the congresses of both divisions. According to a decision of the Councils of both divisions (DLMPST in Helsinki, August 2015 & DHST in Beijing, December 2015), a joint committee of the two divisions is re-evaluating the Joint Commission and will propose a re-organisation of the Joint Commission to the General Assembly of the DHST in Rio de Janeiro in 2017. The members of this committee are Hasok Chang, Jean Gayon, Catherine Jami, Benedikt Löwe, Menachem Magidor, and Efthymios Nicolaidis.

Teaching Commission

President. Michael Matthews (Sydney, Australia).
Vice Presidents. Peter Heering (Flensburg, Germany) & Raffaele Pisano (Lille, France).
Website. http://idtc-iuhps.org/.

The Teaching Commission has three aims: First, a disciplinary aim: to assist in the better and more informed teaching of history of science and philosophy of science as subjects in universities, and in high schools where appropriate. Second, an applied aim: to promote the utilisation of history and philosophy of science in university and school science and humanities courses, and especially in programmes for the preparation of science teachers. Third a cultural aim: to show that the history and philosophy of science can contribute positively to a better understanding and perhaps resolution of some of the major issues of contemporary cultural and intellectual conflict involving multiculturalism, globalization, modernization, and supposed science and religion conflicts.

Commission on Arabic logic

Chair. Tony Street (Cambridge, England).
Secretary. Wilfrid Hodges (Okehampton, England).

For the purposes of the Commission, 'Arabic Logic' means logic done in any of the traditions that are influenced in some way by the work of, among others, Ibn al-Muqaffa', Al-Farabi, Avicenna or Averroes; this includes the logic taught today in madrasas, as well as the logic developed in the Lebanon by the early modern Christian philosophers. Most publications in these traditions have been in Arabic, but 'Arabic Logic' is taken to cover derivative work in Persian, Kurdish or other languages. Important contributions to Arabic Logic have been made by scholars who have no Arabic but use translations.

The main aim of the Commission is to provide a forum for the growing international community of researchers on Arabic Logic, at all levels and from all backgrounds. A membership list will be maintained and will be available to all members via the Commission website; new members can join via this website. The website will also contain information on conferences relevant to Arabic Logic, and on publications in the field. The Commission hopes to sponsor some meetings on aspects of Arabic Logic. Other activities may evolve.

Commission on the Philosophy of Technology and Engineering Sciences

President/Chair. Sjoerd D. Zwart (Eindhoven, The Netherlands).

The Commission takes technology to be the theory and practice of engineering. It considers the philosophy of technology therefore to refer to all philosophical issues regarding the goals, concepts and methods applied in the engineering sciences and engineering practices, broadly conceived, including their relation to foundational questions in the natural and social sciences. Instead of focusing on the relations between society and technology as such, the Commission encourages all philosophers to open the 'black box' of the in the words of Carl Mitcham 'humanities philosophy of technology,' and study its contents. Analytical philosophy of technology in the sense just described started the second half of the twentieth century, and gaining momentum the last two decades, nowadays, it has become an established and mature member of the philosophy community.

The aims of the Commission are twofold. First, it intends to raise awareness among general philosophers about the interesting epistemic, normative and conceptual questions raised by the practices of engineers and the more general philosophical implications of the answers to these questions. Second, the Commission would like to establish a platform for the growing number of researchers, philosophers and engineers alike, to discuss, criticize and announce philosophy of technology related events.

To these ends the Commission website will provide a membership list, accessible for all members, who will be given the opportunity to announce relevant meetings and publications. Moreover, the Commission would like to arrive at a situation in which it can sponsor some relevant events.