Lecture series: Patricia Rich (to be confirmed)(University of Bayreuth, Germany): Successful Scientific Communities: Lessons from Epistemology

Monday, October 26, 2020 - 17:00
41°05'01.5"N 29°03'04.8"E

B O U N   P H I LO S O P H Y   L E C T U R E S

Successful Scientific Communities: Lessons fromEpistemology

Dr. PatriciaRich (patricia.rich@uni-bayreuth.de)

Patricia Rich is junior professor of philosophy at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. She teaches among others in the Philosophy & Economics program. The lectures are open to BA and MA/PhD students at BOUN. Rooms to be announced at http://bit.ly/BOUN-PHIL-CALENDAR. Warm welcome!


MO 5-7 pm: Values in science

This session presents a challenge to the notion of scientific objectivity, based on the realization that values play an often hidden role in scientific inquiry, and that science is in fact forced to make implicit value judgments. A healthy scientific community is often seen as the only way to achieve a kind of objectivity.

TUE, 5-7 pm: Systems-oriented social epistemology

Traditional epistemology ignores the social context of individual reasoning, and this has increasingly been recognized as a problem.The quickly-growing literature in social epistemology remedies this problem.This session introduces the research program in “systems-oriented social epistemology”, which allows us to address the diversity challenge from the previous session.

WED 5-7 pm: Evolutionary epistemology

Much of this new research in epistemology reflects our understanding of humans as evolved beings. Appeals to evolution must be critically assessed and used cautiously, however. This session explains basic principles of evolutionary biology and discusses the conditions under which evolutionary theory could help us to understand scientific communities.

THU, 5-7 pm: Knowledge-first epistemology

Traditional epistemology has also taken the notion of ‘belief’ as its most important building block. This session explains why many epistemologists now reject this tradition as well, rebuilding epistemology on the concept of ‘knowledge’ rather than ‘belief’. Ways in which knowledge-first, systems-oriented, and evolutionary epistemology may be mutually-reinforcing developments are explored.

FRI, 5-7pm, Dpt Colloquium

to be announced

Host: Boğaziçi University (BOUN), Dpt. of Philosophy, Bebek,34342 Istanbul, Turkey

Local organizer: Dr. Frank Zenker (frank.zenker@boun.edu.tr). Funded by the European Union Erasmus+ program.