From the ‘Bankruptcy of Science’ to the ‘Death of Evidence’: Science and its Value

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Thu., Apr. 10, 2014, 5:00pm

From the ‘Bankruptcy of Science’ to the ‘Death of Evidence’: Science and its Value
Stathis Psillos, Rotman Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Science, Department of Philosophy, Western University
Thursday, April 10 2014, 5 PM
Rm 4101, 4th floor, Desmarrais Building, University of Ottawa, 55 Laurier Ave. East
Ottawa, Ont.
Reception to follow.
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Part 6 of the Lives of Evidence national lecture series.

The ‘war against science’ is nothing new. The first ‘bankruptcy of science’ debate took place in France at the turn of the 20th century, was fuelled mostly by conservative public intellectuals, and brought evidence up for debate. Is history repeating itself now in Canada? The trend raises important questions: What were and are the key external and internal criticisms of science and evidence in particular? How are these tied to a particular image of science? What is needed to defend science and its claim to objectivity and truth?

Stathis Psillos is the acclaimed author of such books as Science and Truth (2008) and Knowing the Structure of Nature: Essays on Realism and Explanation (2009) and the author and editor of over 100 papers and reviews.

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This event is also part of the ISSP Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series. It is supported by the Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Science and the University of Ottawa Department of Philosophy and Department of History.