Mission and History
The Philadelphia Institute for Advanced Study strives to be one of the leading centers for practico-theoretical research and intellectual inquiry in the Delaware Valley. The Institute exists to encourage and support experimental forms of research in the sciences and humanities— the original, often interdisciplinary, thinking that produces advances in knowledge as well as radical transformations in everyday life. The Institute provides for the mentoring of scholars by Faculty, and it offers all who work there the utmost freedom to undertake research that will make significant contributions in any of the broad range of fields in the sciences and humanities studied at the Institute.
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