Heather Douglas (U. Waterloo): Jettisoning the Value-Free Ideal: Why do it and where does it leave us?

Date: 
March 30, 2016 - 17:30 - 19:00
Building: 
Nador u. 9, Faculty Tower
Room: 
608
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Event audience: 
Presenter(s): 
Heather Douglas
CEU organizer(s): 
Maria Kronfeldner
CEU host unit(s): 
Department of Philosophy

First, I will provide an overview of the arguments for getting rid of the value-free ideal for science.  But more interesting is what comes next.  This raises questions regarding both alternative ideals (what should constrain reasoning practices in science?) and the social location of science (what role does science play in society and what role should it play?).  I will describe some advantages to particular replacement ideals, and address the question of how we should be thinking about science in society.