Statutes of IUHPST

The IUHPST was created under the name of International Union of History and Philosophy of Science (IUHPS) in 1956 by merging the International Union of the History of Science (UIHS) and the International Union of Philosophy of Science (UIPS). The Statutes of the IUHPS were ratified by the IUHS General Assembly in September 1956 (Florence-Milan), and by the IUPS General Assembly in September 1958 (Brussels). Then, after preparatory work undertaken by the Executive Committees and General Assemblies of the two Divisions, the Board of the IUHPS, during its meeting of 29 September 1961 (London), decided to entrust the drafting of new Statutes to of a Committee composed of Prof. S. C. Kleene (representing DLMPS) and Prof. M. Clagett (representing DHS). This project revised by the Executive Committees of the two Divisions, was approved by the General Assembly of the DLMPS (24-26 August 1962, Helsinki) and the General Assembly of the DHS (August 26-September 2, 1962, Ithaca NY). These Statutes of the IUHPS were implemented on 1st January 1963.

By the end of the 1990s, the IUHPS Statutes were not to be found in the archives of either of the two divisions. As a consequence, the two Divisions decided on the practical matters involved in the cooperation between the Divisions and the governance of the Union in a Memorandum of Cooperation approved by the Councils of DHST and DLMPS in December 2012 and January 2013, respectively.

In May 2015, the 1963 Statutes were re-discovered by Benedikt Löwe in the archives of the German National Committee for Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science. A joint committee consisting of Prof. E. Sober, Prof. P. Schroeder-Heister, Prof. B. Löwe (representing DLMPS) and Prof. E. Nicolaidis, Prof. C. Jami, and Prof. M. Osborne (representing DHST) proposed a new version of the Statutes to match the current governance practice as described in the Memorandum. They were approved by the General Assembly of DLMPS in Helsinki on 6 August 2015 and by the General Assembly of DHST in Rio de Janeiro on 26 July 2017: 2017 Statutes. A minor update was accepted by the DHST General Assembly in Prague (held virtually) on 31 July 2021 and the DLMPST General Assembly in Buenos Aires on 27July 2023:

Current Statutes (2023).