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

When:
February 26, 2019 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
2019-02-26T16:30:00-05:00
2019-02-26T18:30:00-05:00
Where:
NYU, rm 110
60 5th Ave
New York, NY 10011
USA
Cost:
Free

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.

There will be dinner after the talk. If you are interested, please send an email with “Dinner” in the heading to nyphilsci@gmail.com (please note that all are welcome, but only the speaker’s dinner will be covered). If you have any other questions, please email isaac.wilhelm@rutgers.edu.

Upcoming Metro Area Philosophers Talks

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Dustin Lazarovici (UNIL)
4:30-6:30pm Tuesday March 5, NYU 60 Fifth Avenue, room 110.

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Elizabeth Miller (Yale)
4:30-6:30pm Date, location TBD. (sometime in April)

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Nina Emery (Holyoke)
4:30-6:30pm Date, location TBD. (sometime in April)

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Michela Massimi (Edinburgh)
4:30-6:30pm Thursday April 18; CUNY Graduate Center (365 5th Ave, NYC), room 5307.

Title: TBD.
Abstract: TBD.

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