The aims of the Inter-Divisional Teaching Commission (IDTC) of the International Union for the History and Philosophy of Science (IUHPS) are:
First, a disciplinary aim: to assist in the better and more informed teaching of history of science and philosophy of science as subjects in universities, and in high schools where appropriate.
Second, an applied aim: to promote the utilisation of history and philosophy of science in university and school science and humanities courses, and especially in programmes for the preparation of science teachers.
Third a cultural aim: to show that the history and philosophy of science can contribute positively to a better understanding and perhaps resolution of some of the major issues of contemporary cultural and intellectual conflict involving multiculturalism, globalization, modernization, and supposed science and religion conflicts.
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