Research Centers & Projects

The Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science

The Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science (MCPS) advances research and graduate training in the philosophy of science and related studies of science and technology. It fosters a local community through a variety of activities and special events. This local community includes scholars from a number of different disciplines throughout the University of Minnesota as well as area colleges and universities. The center brings together researchers from around the world through its visiting fellow program and conferences, and conducts collaborative research through its workshops, the results of which are published in Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Current volumes in this series can be purchased through the University of Minnesota Press.

The mission of MCPS is to promote excellence in research and training in philosophy of science and related empirical studies of science. It was founded in 1953 by Herbert Feigl, a member of the famous “Vienna Circle” and the first to immigrate to North America. Feigl was well known for his “intellectual hospitality” and MCPS quickly became the gathering place for leading proponents of logical empiricism. The establishment of MCPS went hand in hand with the establishment of logical empiricism as the dominant philosophy of scientific knowledge. MCPS is no longer committed to a single perspective and now seeks to promote a plurality of views about science and from a multiplicity of perspectives including historical and social scientific as well as philosophical. MCPS is both an international center of research and a local center that brings together scholars from multiple departments, colleges, and universities in our geographical region. It sponsors a variety of activities including multiple discussion groups, colloquia, and special events such as the annual science studies colloquium.

MCPS provides the administrative support for the Graduate Minor in Studies of Science and Technology (SST) and also the Conceptual Foundations of Evolutionary Biology Graduate Group. It works collaboratively with a number of groups at the University including the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Graduate Program (HSTM), the Department of Philosophy, and the Theorizing Early Modern Studies Research Collaborative (TEMS).

Writing-Enhanced Curriculum (WEC) Project

The Department of Philosophy is enrolled in the University of Minnesota's WEC project, which provides a process for meaningfully infusing writing and writing instruction into the undergraduate curricula. An annual workshop series (jointly facilitated by graduate students and faculty) helps provide support for graduate student instructors and TAs working to infuse writing instruction into their teaching.

For more information about the department's work with the project, please contact Roy Cook at