Below are just a few of the academic departments offering courses of study related to the Society’s mission; many have current or former members of SPT’s executive board on their faculty. Be aware that department faculties, programs and emphases are constantly changing, so be sure to visit the department sites to get the most up-to-date information on their offerings. This list is far from exhaustive – if you know of, or work in, a department that should be featured on this page, please email the SPT webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The overall mission of the Ethics/Philosophy of Technology section is to contribute to the professional and academic education of future engineers and to conduct research into philosophical, in particular ethical, problems related to modern technology and its impact on society.
Our objective is to carry out philosophical research at the interface between fundamental philosophical issues and real-world problems that arise from the design and use of innovative technologies. We aim to do this in genuine interaction with the engineering, natural and social sciences. Our guiding idea is that the analysis of many real-world problems concerning technology requires a philosophical perspective; and that these problems in turn inspire a substantial modification and extension of existing philosophical methods and theories. We also believe that philosophical analysis in this area should be informed by empirical work on design, use and innovation, including the social, psychological and economic mechanisms that shape these activities; hence we aim at interdisciplinary cooperation.
The two-year international Master’s programme in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society is for anyone who is interested in philosophy and the role of technology in a broader social context. The PSTS programme is designed for students with technical, philosopical and social science backgrounds. You can start in September and February, although we strongly recommend September enrollment.
Science and Technology Studies (STS) is a growing field that draws on the full range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities to examine the ways that science and technology shape, and are shaped by, our society, politics, and culture. We study contemporary controversies, historical transformations, policy dilemmas, and broad philosophical questions. The graduate program in STS at Virginia Tech prepares students to be productive and publicly-engaged scholars, advancing research and making a difference.
The UNT Department of Philosophy and Religion is the home of the nation’s leading Doctoral Program in environmental ethics/philosophy and the nation’s first Masters Program in the field. Fostering interdisciplinarity in curricula and research projects, areas of specialization among our faculty include philosophy of ecology, environmental policy, environmental justice, religion and nature, environmental education, philosophy of science and technology, environmental aesthetics, philosophy of water, land ethics, eco-phenomenology, eco-feminism, traditional ecological knowledge, and environmental restoration. We are also growing our secondary specialization in the Philosophy of Science and Technology Studies, with 6 faculty specializing and publishing in the field.
The Department of Philosophy at Stony Brook University grants B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees to a broad range of students with diverse and varied interests. Committed to a pluralist treatment of philosophical issues, the department encourages interdisciplinary study as well as more traditional approaches to philosophy. Convinced that a knowledge of the history of philosophy is essential to the philosophical enterprise, the department offers intensive courses in ancient, medieval, and modern thought. Other courses address specific philosophical problems in ethics, political theory, epistemology, aesthetics, environmental philosophy, feminism, critical race theory, and philosophy of technology.
Philosophy is the search for an understanding of how the world as a whole hangs together and of how we are to assume our place in the world. Philosophy pursues its goal first of all historically. It is the trustee of the heritage of great philosophical texts, and it engages those texts in conversation with contemporary problems. Second, philosophy turns to the contemporary world directly and tries to illuminate and advance its concerns with ethics and art, with science and technology, with ecology and feminism, with law and medicine. Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees are offered.
The Department of Philosophy at the Rochester Institute of Technology offers a large variety of undergraduate philosophy courses plus graduate courses in Philosophy of Art/Aesthetics, Philosophy of Mind, and the Philosophy of Vision and Imaging. Beyond our introductory level courses, students may take philosophy as General Education electives or as part of a 3-course immersion, a Minor in Philosophy, or a Major in Philosophy. The Department also develops an annual program of speakers, symposia, and conferences.
The History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine (HPSTM) is an interdisciplinary graduate certificate program at Duke University designed to complement and enrich the curricula of graduate students studying English, history, philosophy, science, engineering, medicine, or other disciplines. The program is administered by the History and Philosophy Departments, but is wide-ranging and draws participants from Biological Anthropology and Anatomy, Biology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Classical Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Economics, English, Germanic Languages and Literature, Literature, Psychology and Neuroscience, Religion, Women’s Studies, and other Duke departments and programs.