49th Annual Cincinnati Philosophy Colloquium

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Socially Engaged Philosophy of Science

October 11 - 13, 2012
University of Cincinnati

407 Annie Laws, Teachers College

The relationship between science and social concerns is more complex than ever before, and philosophy of science is well positioned to clarify and contribute to the social impacts of science. This event brings together a renowned group of philosophers and interdisciplinary scholars who have made significant contributions to the study of the relationship between science, society, and the philosophy of science. These speakers will address a range of issues such as the interrelationship between science and social values, the social ramifications of particular episodes in science, and how philosophers of science might actively participate in science's social engagement.

  • Helen Longino, Keynote Speaker, Clarence Irving Lewis Professor of Philosophy, Stanford University
  • John Beatty, Professor of Philosophy, University of British Columbia
  • Heather Douglas, Waterloo Chair in Science and Society,
    University of Waterloo
  • Kevin Elliott, Associate Professor of Philosophy,
    University of South Carolina
  • Janet Kourany, Associate Professor of Philosophy,
    University of Notre Dame
  • Jane Maienschein, Regents' Professor and Director of the Center for Biology and Society, Arizona State University
  • Sandra Mitchell, Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh
  • Margaret Morrison, Professor of Philosophy, University of Toronto
  • George Reisch, Independent Scholar

Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center. Co-sponsored by the Departments of AnthropologyBiological SciencesCommunicationHistorySociology and Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies.


Thursday, October 11
Thursday, October 11
2:30 pm Coffee  
2:45 pm Introductions: Arnold Miller, Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Affairs  
3:00 pm Keynote Address: Science, Epistemology, and the Problem of Detachment Helen Longino, Stanford University
5:15 pm Welcome Reception Max Kade Center
(736 Old Chemistry)
Friday, October 12
Friday, October 12
9:00 am Coffee  
9:30 am Values and Uncertainty in Computer Simulation Margaret Morrison, University of Toronto
11:00 am Coffee  
11:15 am On the Cold-War Origins of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions George Reisch, Independent Scholar
12:45 pm Break for Lunch  
2:30 pm Scientific Authority and Political Authority: How Are They Related? John Beatty, University of British Columbia
4:00 pm Coffee  
4:15 pm The Moral Terrain of Science Heather Douglas, University of Waterloo
Saturday, October 13
Saturday, October 13
9:00 am Coffee  
9:30 am Financial Conflicts of Interest and Criteria for Research Credibility Kevin Elliott, University of South Carolina
11:00 am Coffee  
11:15 am Understanding Embryos in a Changing and Complex World Jane Maienschein, Arizona State University
12:45 pm Break for Lunch  
2:30 pm Genetically Modified Foods: Factual and Value Complexity Sandra Mitchell, University of Pittsburgh
4:00 pm Coffee  
4:15 pm Human Enhancement: Making the Debate More Productive Janet Kourany, University of Notre Dame

Additional information for visitors.

This event is free and open to the public.

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