About Michigan State University

Michigan State University is a robust center for interdisciplinary philosophy of science in practice. The Department of Philosophy is known for its engaged approach to the discipline and its growing community of philosophers of science. Moreover, the philosophers at MSU work within a vibrant community of more than sixty science studies scholars, more than twenty of whom are employed by Lyman Briggs College, a residential college of Michigan State University focused on the study of science.

The First Land-Grant University

Founded in 1855 as the first land-grant university, MSU’s campus comprises 5,200 acres (21km²), which includes not only extensive research institutes and test farms but also a host of attractive academic buildings from the 1800s and early 1900s, several botanical gardens, and a university that many compare to an arboretum. In addition to the 1930s architecture and arboretum-like grounds, both East Lansing and the nearby capital of Michigan, Lansing, offer many areas of environmental and cultural interest.

Department of Philosophy

The Department has strengths in not only philosophy of science but also in bioethics, environmental philosophy and ethics, and social and political thought. The graduate program fosters interdisciplinary work in such programs as Agriculture and Natural Resources; Fisheries and Wildlife; Environmental Science and Policy; Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change; African American and African Studies; Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior; Cognitive Science; and Women, Gender, and Social Justice.

Lyman Briggs College

Lyman Briggs College is home to the Collaborative Experiential Learning Laboratory (CELL), a new critical making space intended to support interdisciplinary teaching and learning by providing access to prototyping tools like 3D printers and team building tools like games. The CELL would be pleased to host a teaching-focused, hands-on tour showcasing the results of its research into experimental and best practices for teaching science and history, philosophy, and sociology of science.

Center for Interdisciplinarity (MSU C4I)

The C4I is the university’s hub for the study of philosophy of interdisciplinarity and center designed to address the most intractable questions of collaboratively across the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines. Complex problems such as food security and environmental justice have important conceptual and empirical dimensions that require input from a wide range of other disciplines. It also engages with people outside the academy as any adequate response will require input from non-academic stakeholders. The C4l draws brings together those in the sciences, social sciences, business, agriculture, arts, and humanities to develop conscientious and transformative responses to the most challenging questions we face. 

MSU Socially Engaged Philosophy of Science (SEPOS)

SEPOS is comprised of a group of philosophers of science whose work is informed by the notion that science is practiced within society. Engaging with scientists, policy makers, and members of the public, we work to elucidate descriptive and normative issues of central to science in society.