Investigating the idea of progress in history and the historical sciences
The ‘Science, Progress and History’ project, funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation and the University of Queensland seeks to explore questions at the interface of history and the natural sciences, with a focus on laws, patterns and narrative structures in human history, evolutionary history, and cosmology.
The project is concerned with questions of progress and order in the historical sciences (history, geology, evolutionary biology, cosmology). It will deal with the manner in which ideas of historical progress came to inform the emerging natural sciences from the seventeenth onwards and, conversely, on how notions of order and progress in the natural sciences have subsequently been applied to human affairs.
- See our call for papers for a conference on "Evolution and Historical Explanation: Contingency, Convergence, and Teleology, 17-20 July 2014, St Anne's College, Oxford. *The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2014.
- See the "Essay Competition" page for an announcement about the Science, Progress and History Prize Essay Competition.
- We are sponsoring the "Perspectives on Progress" conference, 26-29 November 2013. Click here for the conference website.
- Click here for the video of Michael Ruse's recent public lecture on "Evolution and Progress: An Uneasy Symbiosis."