RESCHEDULED: The variety of scientism and the limits of science, Massimo Pigliucci (CUNY)

When:
February 5, 2019 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
2019-02-05T16:30:00-05:00
2019-02-05T18:30:00-05:00
Where:
CUNY Grad Center, 5307
365 5th Ave
New York, NY 10016
USA
Cost:
Free

Massimo Pigliucci’s talk has been rescheduled, for personal reasons outside of his control. It will be rescheduled for a later date: here.

Science is by far the most powerful approach to the investigation of the natural world ever devised. Still, it has limits, and there are many areas and questions where the scientific approach is ill suited, or at best provides only pertinent information rather than full answers. The denial of this modest attitude about science is called scientism, which declares science to be the only form of human knowledge and understanding, attempting to subsume everything else, including all the humanistic disciplines, into “science” very broadly (mis-)construed. In this talk, I argue that this is a mistake, and that it moreover has the potential to undermine public trust in science itself.

Presented by Metro Area Philosophers of Science

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