Faculty Member, History of Science and Technology Programme, Contemporary Studies Programme
Gordon McOuat teaches Sciences Studies in the Contemporary Studies Programme and the History of Science and Technology Programme. He has been a research fellow at Cambridge University, senior research fellow at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology, MIT, research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, and visiting professor at the Manipal Centre for Philosophy and the Humanities. He is also past-president of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science (CHSPS). His work covers the history, philosophy and politics of classification systems, logic and natural kinds, and general work in the methodology, history, philosophy, and culture of science. He was also co-coordinator of the University of King's College's five-part public lecture series, Trust in Science.
Dr. McOuat is director of the SSHRC-funded Strategic Knowledge Cluster, Situating Science, a seven-year project to promote new ways of bringing together leading Canadian and international scholars studying science and technology from philosophical, historical, sociological, and cultural perspectives, along with colleagues in adjacent fields, and making that work integrated with and accessible to journalists, museum workers, and the Canadian public. He has just begun a SSHRC-funded partnership with universities in Canada, India, and South-East Asia to study "Cosmopolitanism and the local".
Currently, Dr. McOuat is working on a revisionist history of essentialism as well as researching the Eastern order of things.
Social and cultural place of science and technology; Scientific methodology; Natural kinds and classification; Logic; Darwinism and evolution.