Hesperus is Bosphorus

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Two philosophy talks on science and values at Sabancı

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Helen Longino (Stanford) and Phillip Kitcher (Columbia) will be giving talks at Sabancı University. All welcome.

Orthodox vs. Non-Orthodox Feminist Values in Science, Helen Longino

21 March, 15:00-17:00 FASS 2034

This talk explores the heuristic role of so-called cognitive values in the sciences, contrasting mainstream values with a set of values advanced by feminist scientists and scholars.  The epistemological status of these values and the social implications of research guided by one or the other set will be the focus of discussion.

Can We Save Democracy And The Planet, Too? Philip Kitcher

29 March, 15:00-17:00,  FASS 2034

The current debate about the existence and the consequences of anthropogenic global warming is the most important instance of a general problem: How is scientific expertise to be integrated with democratic values?    I shall use this urgent case to explore the general problem, and will argue that our current situation is handicapped by a number of misconceptions about both science and democracy. Specifically, public discussions are dominated by an image of science as value-free, and by a picture of democracy as thriving on open debate.    When these misconceptions are traced to their sources, it becomes evident that ideals of the transmission of information are at odds with current social conditions, that standard scientific practices can easily foster public misunderstandings, and that there is an urgent need to rethink roles and institutions we often take for granted.   Specifically, careful attention needs to be given to the role of the scientist, and the rules for public discussion of complex questions.


Written by faikkurtulmus

March 18, 2012 at 9:53 am

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  1. Hi Faik,

    Someone asked me if the FASS building is on the main Sabanci campus.

    Nice talks I teach on Thursdays – so will have to miss the talk by Kitcher. I might be able to make the talk on Wednesday.


    Lucas Thorpe

    March 18, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    • Hi Lucas,
      FASS building is on the main Sabanci campus. The university runs a bus service, which is fairly efficient, from several places in the city (Taksim, Kadikoy, Uskudar). Its schedule is here.

      My hoping you make it to the Longino talk


      March 18, 2012 at 2:19 pm

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