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CANCELLED: Heather Douglas (Waterloo) "Responsible Science in Democrative Societies"

Date & Time:
November 8, 2013 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Philosophy Speakers Program presents

HEATHER DOUGLAS on "Responsible Science in Democrative Societies"

Location: Social Sciences Building, Room 1253

About the Talk

Science performs a valuable role in democratic societies. When functioning well, it provides a reliable (albeit uncertain and defeasible) source of empirical knowledge. This knowledge crucially shapes our understanding of ourselves, the world in which we live, our policy options for collective decisions, and our sense of responsibility. But it is neither value-neutral nor always correct. And scientists do not just serve this role; they also are citizens of countries and part of the human community. Given these complexities, how are we to structure the ideals for the practices of scientists in democratic societies? What should we expect of our scientists in their choices and their communications? And how should we structure or alter our institutions to assist scientists in being responsible?

About the Speaker:

Heather Douglas is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and the Chair in Science and Society at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. She received her PhD from the History and Philosophy of Science Department at the University of Pittsburgh. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation.  Her publications include Science, Policy, and the Value-Free Ideal (University if Pittsburgh Press, 2009).

Heather Douglas's Home Page 

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