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Rose-Mary Sargent, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita


Rose-Mary Sargent’s current research concerns historical and philosophical perspectives on the pursuit of science in the public interest. Her areas of specialization include Philosophy of Science and Technology, Modern Philosophy, and Epistemology. In addition to her position at Merrimack College, she has been Eleanor Searle Visiting Professor at the California Institute of Technology, Visiting Professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Main Lecturer at Vienna University Summer Institute, and post-doctoral fellow at Northwestern University and the University of Minnesota.

Among her awards, Professor Sargent has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Mellon Fellowships in the Humanities, the Ciejek Fellowship for Humanistic Research and Study, and numerous Faculty Development Grants from Merrimack College. Most recently, she was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).


Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Notre Dame
M.A., History and Philosophy of Science, University of Notre Dame
B.A., Philosophy and History, Merrimack College


  • PHL 2070, Environmental Ethics
  • PHL 2090, Values in a Technological Culture
  • PHL 3050, Philosophy of Science
  • PHL 3160, Modern Philosophy
  • PHL 4020, Epistemology

Professional Experience

She is currently Editor-in-Chief of HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science, and is serving her third term as Editorial Board Member of Philosophy of Science (1999–2014), the official journal of the Philosophy of Science Association. In addition, she has served on the program committees for conferences given by these two organizations, and as referee for manuscripts submitted to Cambridge University Press, Journal of the History of PhilosophyStudies in History and Philosophy of Science, Early Science and Medicine, Annals of Science, Perspectives on Science, and Philosophy of Science.


Publications include: The Diffident Naturalist: Robert Boyle and the Philosophy of Experiment, published by the University of Chicago Press in 1995, and a collected edition of the works of Francis Bacon from Hackett Publishing, 1999. Her articles have been published in Philosophy of Science, Oxford Companion to the History of Modern Science, Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Annals of Science, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, IsisMetascience, and The Encyclopedia of Philosophy.