The Centre for Philosophy of Science of the University of Lisbon (CFCUL) officially started its activities in July 2003. The CFCUL is composed of an interdisciplinary team that includes integraded members and collaborators, national and international, with distinct affiliations. The CFCUL also has the support of prestigious consultants.
The CFCUL aims to spread knowledge in the field of Philosophy of Science, by promoting national and international Colloquia, Conferences, Workshops and other meetings, a Philosophy of Science Permanent Seminar and other conference series, by publishing the results of the research (articles, books, etc.), by setting up the journal Kairos. Philosophy & Science, and five publication series: Philosophy of Science Notebooks, Thesis, Documenta, Evolutionism: Foundations and Challenges, and Image in Science and Art.
The CFCUL develops its activities within five Research Groups (Epistemology and Methodology, Philosophy of Nature Sciences, Philosophy of Life Sciences, Philosophy of Human Sciences, Ethics and Politics, Science and Art), and three Thematic Lines (Unity of Science and Interdisciplinarity, Science-Art-Philosophy Lab, Philosophy of Human Technologies) and aims to promote the development of the Philosophy of Science in Portugal by supporting and favoring research in the field of Philosophy of Science, by participating in Research Projects, by collaborating with national and international teams, by doing research supervision of Post-graduate students (Post-docs, Docs and Masters), by linking research and Post-graduation through the Master and PhD Courses in History and Philosophy of Science of the FCUL.
The CFCUL was awarded by FCT with an International Doctoral Programme in Philosophy of Science, Technology, Art and Society. On the basis of an interdisciplinary conception of Philosophy of Science, and putting together 12 institutions of 4 different universities and a large team of professors and researchers of high level expertise, this doctoral programme provides a unique opportunity for students to develop their doctoral studies on five specialised research lines: Logics and Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Technology, Bioethics, Science and Art and Science and Society. Twenty doctoral grants (5 per year) will be offered in the context of this doctoral programme.