Research Group Theory of science

Research group: Theory of science

The research group "Theory of science" is located at The centre for the studies of the sciences and the humanities. It is a inter-disciplinary research group working with a number of different areas within theory of science. The field known as theory of science includes philosophical, historical and social scientific research on the role the sciences has in society as well as epistemic and ethical aspects of science. The topics the research group currently investigates include:

  • The understanding of suffering as phenomenon and concept
  • The interfaces of science and policy
  • Technology in modern societies
  • The use of models in climate science
  • Bioethics
  • Science and aesthetics



Jan Reinert Karlsen (Leder of the research group)

The research group has three core mandates:

Organising and carrying out indepedent research in theory of science and particularly to develop the very field of theory of science.

Strenghtening and developing theory of science for educational purposes at the university of Bergen.

Offer and organise training in theory of science in particular for the Ph.d-candidates at the centre.

Interdisciplinary reading seminar on the concept and phenomena of suffering

Reading seminar on suffering

The reading seminar is an interdisciplinary arena for researchers and students engaged in phenomena or problems of suffering in their research or studies