The Institute for Research in Classical Philosophy and Science is a non-profit educational corporation established in late 1983 by scholars at various academic institutions in Canada, Europe, and the United States. Its primary purpose is to enhance higher education and to promote research in both the sciences and the humanities, by fostering and supporting scholarly study concerning the history of the interaction between science and its interpretation in the various societies and language groups constituting Western and Near Eastern culture. To meet this goal the Institute facilitates the dissemination of research and promotes cooperation between scholars whose work touches on the study of pre-modern science and its interpretation in their social, cultural, and intellectual contexts. Thus, in addition to sponsoring research as well as international conferences, colloquia, and other forms of scholarly communication, the Institute has established a program of publication that includes translations, monographs, thematic collections of essays, and bibliographies.
The Institute has over the years organized and sponsored a number of professional conferences and workshops, as part of its mission to advance research in the history and philosophy of classical science. In 1986 it organized a major conference, “The Interaction of Science and Philosophy in Fifth and Fourth Century Greece”, that was held at the University of Pittsburgh and funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The proceedings of this conference were published under the title, Science and Philosophy in Classical Greece, in 1991 (Sources and Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science 2). Since then, the Institute has sponsored or been involved in organizing smaller meetings on the Ptolemaic tradition (1988), Hellenistic astronomy (1989), Greek and Babylonian astronomy (1989, 1993), Greek and Roman science (1996), and celestial divination and astral magic (2003).