Philosophy and the Sciences

This project builds an interdisciplinary hub between the humanities and the sciences. We take innovative approaches in teaching and research at the intersection of philosophy and other humanities, linguistics, psychology, biology and the life sciences, physics, computer science, and mathematics.

About the project

As science gets more complex, interdisciplinary, and socially potent, it increasingly bears on areas traditionally occupied by the humanities; but it also increasingly needs the reflective understanding that philosophy can provide. This project facilitates this two-way flow of ideas. It creates an interdisciplinary hub that helps the humanities to integrate natural science perspectives into research and teaching, and helps the natural sciences to integrate humanities perspectives. With projects dealing with linguistic communication and formal logic, we bring experimental and mathematical methods into the humanities; with other projects, we integrate the humanities into the life sciences at UiO:Life Science.


The project's objectives fall within three themes

  1. Between linguistics, psychology and philosophy. At the interface between linguistics, psychology, and philosophy, different perspectives on human linguistic and communicative abilities join efforts. In this research theme, we will focus on topics in this interdisciplinary context.
  2. Between biology, medicine, psychology and philosophy. Within this theme, we will address questions regarding fact and value, knowledge and expertise, and individual and society as they arise at the intersection of the humanities and the life sciences.
  3. Between mathematics, computer science, and philosophy. In the philosophy of mathematics, we focus on both foundational issues and the application of mathematical tools in other disciplines.

For more information please see the project application.


Strategic Priorities 2019 - 2023, Faculty of Humanities.

Steering Group

Beate Elvebakk, Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, Carl Henrik Gørbitz, UiO:Life Science, Minna Lehtonen, Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, Øystein Linnebo, Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, Sebastian Watzl, Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas.


Published June 20, 2018 10:03 AM - Last modified Mar. 1, 2019 11:05 AM