Thu., Oct. 3, 2013, 7:00pm
CAN WE SUSTAIN DEMOCRACY, AND THE PLANET TOO?
Examining Scientific Expertise in Public Life
Dr. Philip Kitcher, John Dewey Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University
Thurs. Oct. 3, 7PM
Ondaatje Hall, McCain Building, Dalhousie University
6135 University Ave., Halifax, NS
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The Situating Science national Strategic Knowledge Cluster, the Evolution Studies Group and Dalhousie University’s College of Sustainability and Department of Philosophy along with the Atlantic Regional Philosophical Association (ARPA), Nova Scotian Institute of Science (NSIS), Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs (CCEPA), University of King's College History of Science and Technology Program and the Friends of Halifax Common's Celebrate the Common 250 are pleased to invite you to join us for a free public evening lecture by science and democracy expert, Dr. Philip Kitcher.
In most democratic nations, Dr. Kitcher argues, there is little popular support for the measures that are urgently needed to limit global warming. This raises provocative questions for us as citizens: How do democratic ideals shape the living conditions of our descendants? How should the institutions and procedures that exemplify democratic ideals change? How do we better understand the relationship between expertise and democracy, climate science and society?
Dr. Kitcher is John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University and the author of books on topics ranging from the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of biology, the growth of science, the role of science in society, naturalistic ethics, Wagner’s Ring and Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was also the first recipient of the Prometheus Prize, awarded by the American Philosophical Association for work in expanding the frontiers of Science and Philosophy. Notable publications include Science in a Democratic Society (Prometheus Books, 2011) and The Ethical Project (Harvard University Press, 2011).
This event precedes the Atlantic Region Philosophical Association (ARPA) conference at Dalhousie University, which runs from the afternoon of Friday Oct. 4 through Saturday Oct. 5, 2013.
Thanks to our sponsors and partners:
Situating Science SSHRC Strategic Knowledge Cluster, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research-funded Evolution Studies Group, Dalhousie University’s College of Sustainability and Department of Philosophy, Atlantic Region Philosophical Association (ARPA), Nova Scotian Institute of Science (NSIS), Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs (CCEPA), University of King's College History of Science and Technology Program and Friends of Halifax Common's Celebrate the Common 250.