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Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte
|Formation||March 1994 (1994-03)|
|Type||Scientific research institute|
|Jürgen Renn and Dagmar Schäfer|
|Lorraine Daston and Jürgen Renn, founding directors|
|Max Planck Society|
The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (German: Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte) is a scientific research institute founded in March 1994. It is dedicated to addressing fundamental questions of the history of knowledge from the Neolithic era to the present day, and its researchers pursue a historical epistemology in their study of how new categories of thought, proof, and experience have emerged in interactions between the sciences and their ambient cultures.
The MPIWG comprises two departments and several independent research groups. The departments are:
- "Structural Changes in Systems of Knowledge," directed by Jürgen Renn
- "Artifacts, Action, Knowledge," directed by Dagmar Schäfer.
Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, who headed Department III from 1995 to 2014, and Lorraine Daston, who headed Department II from 1995 to 2019, remain at the MPIWG as emerita.
The Research Groups are:
- "China in the Global System of Science," led by Anna L. Ahlers
- "Historical Epistemology of the Final Theory Program," led by Alexander Blum
- "Experience in the Premodern Sciences of Soul & Body ca. 800–1650," led by Katja Krause
In addition are groups and programs focusing on:
- Research IT and Digital Humanities
- Computational History of Science
- History of the Max Planck Society
The Institute also comprises doctoral students, and research and teaching cooperations with other institutions worldwide.
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