Sergio Orozco-Echeverri's profile

Sergio Orozco-Echeverri

SPS Department

Science, Technology & Innovation Studies

2016 British Society for the History of Science Society Ambassador

2013 Visiting Research Fellow, Science Studies Unit, University of Edinburgh.

2012- Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science, Institute of Philosophy, Universidad de Antioquia (in research leave from 2015).

2010 Advisor for the National Ministry of Education (Colombia) on the pedagogical orientations for teaching philosophy in Secondary School.

2008-2012 Director of Studies, Institute of Philosophy, Universidad de Antioquia.

2006- Associate researcher, Research group Knowledge, Philosophy, Science, History and Society, Institute of Philosophy, Universidad de Antioquia. 


2010 MPhil in Philosophy (with Distinction), Universidad de Antioquia (Dissertation: Knowledge as language. Thomas Hobbes on Mathematics and Natural Philosophy. Supervisor: Prof. John Henry).

2005 B.A. in Philosophy (Physics, joint honours), Universidad de Antioquia.

Awards and Funding

2015 School of Social and Political Sciences Scholarship, The University of Edinburgh.

2014 Scholarship for PhD Studies in the United Kingdom, British Council-Colciencias.

2010 Summa cum laude. MPhil Dissertation, Universidad de Antioquia.

2008-2010 Scholarship for MPhil Studies, Universidad de Antioquia.

2007 First place (Social and Economic Sciences Area), National Contest Otto de Greiff to the best Undergraduate dissertation. National Ministry of Education, Colombia.

2007 'Young researcher', Colciencias (declined).

2001 First place in the category of "Language", Prize Andrés Bello, in the National Examinations concluding Secondary School. National Ministry of Education, Colombia.

Research Activities

2013-2014 (PI) Authorial identity as an argument for credibility: the role of the individual in the institutionalisation of scientific theories. Institute of Philosophy, Universidad de Antioquia.

2009-2013 (PI) The introduction of Modern Science into the Viceroyalty of New Granada: José Celestino Mutis' Newtonianism and his defense of experimental philosophy. CODI Grant. Universidad de Antioquia

2008-2010 (PI) Polemics on experimental philosophy: Thomas Hobbes and Robert Boyle. CODI Grant. Universidad de Antioquia.

2007-2008 (PI) Rediscovery and reconstitution in Isaac Newton's thought. Universidad de Antioquia.

Teaching Experience

2016- Senior Tutor, Science, Nature and Environment (former Science and Society 1B), School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Edinburgh.

2012- Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science, Institute of Philosophy, Universidad de Antioquia. (Theory of knowledge, Early Modern Science and Philosophy, History of Science).

2006-2012 Teaching fellow, Institute of Philosophy, Universidad de Antioquia. 

PhD Title

How do planets find their way? Laws of nature and the transformations of knowledge in the scientific revolution

PhD Supervisors

PhD Overview

Over the last decades there has been a growing interest in laws of nature. To a large extent, this interest has sprung from the central role that laws are perceived as playing in modern science. However, this widely accepted pre-eminence of laws contrasts with the limited number of historical studies enquiring into their origins. My research sheds light on the origins of a specific kind of laws of nature introduced by Descartes and tracks their appropriation up to Newton. In contrast with previous studies, my approach deals with laws as by-products of the transformations of the disciplinary boundaries between mechanics, mathematics and natural philosophy in the 17th century. This led me to revisit some main authors of the canon of the scientific revolution, not to show the progressive mathematisation of physics (or nature) but to set in context diverging traditions of applying mathematics to the understating of the natural world in which laws of nature emerged.

  •  'José Celestino Mutis' appropriation of Newton's experimental physics in New Granada' (1761-1808), History of Science, 2019 (with Sebastian Molina-Betancur).
  • 'Force in Renaissance Science' in Sgarbi, M (ed). Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy, Springer, 2018. DOI:
  • Isaac Newton and the reconstitution of the divine palimpsest. Medellín: Universidad de Antioquia, 2009. (Book in Spanish, preview in google books).
  • De la existencia a la providencia: el argumento del diseño en Isaac Newton [From existence to providence: Isaac Newton's argument from design], in: Duque, L.M (ed). Ciencia y religión. Reflexiones en torno a una racionalidad incluyente. Cali: Universidad del Valle. 2013. pp. 87-101. (Chapter book in Spanish).
  • On the origin of Hobbes' conception of language: The literary culture of English Renaissance Humanism, Revista de estudios sociales, 44, 2012.  DOI: 
  • Review of Robert Westman, The Copernican Question. Prognostication, skpeticism and celestial order (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011) in KriterionBrazil, 2012.

Other publications are available on Academia.