History and Philosophy Of Science | History of Biology
X508 | 22472 | Sander Gliboff


The term “biology” was first used at the turn of the nineteenth
century todistinguish a new “scientific” or “philosophical” approach
to the study of life,distinct from natural history, natural
theology, and medicine. But what did itmean to be scientifiic—then
and for the ensuing two hundred years? Biology has continually
transformed itself, in keeping with changing ideals of how to
do science.

This seminar is a survey of key figures and pivotal moments in the
history of modern biology that have re-defined its scientific
character, by either opening new lines of inquiry and explanation,
developing new kinds of instruments, practices, and institutions, or
changing the social role of the biological scientist.

There are no formal prerequisites, but knowledge of modern biology or
modern European or American history will be helpful.