News from the Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

History reveals the hazards of dismantling trade protection

31 Jan 2017

As the UK prepares to leave the EU, trade regimes are being reconfigured. Research into 19th-century trade regulations by Carolyn Cobbold, historian of science, shows that scientific claims play a significant role in shaping international trade. She urges us to heed the lessons of the past.

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Susanne J. Levinson Prize

Professor Nick Hopwood, of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, recognised for his book 'Haeckel’s Embryos: Images, Evolution, and Fraud'.

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Why be human when you can be otherkin?

16 Jul 2016

As social beings, a sense of identity plays an important role in our relations – and in our own happiness. But identity doesn’t have to be narrowly human. In an essay looking at the groups that exist on the edge of conventional boundaries, and are often subject to prurience and ridicule, Pedro Feijó considers those who feel different, other than human.

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