April 10, 2014
Title: From the 'Bankruptcy of Science' to the 'Death of Evidence': Science and its Value
Speaker: Dr. Stathis Psillos, Rotman Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Science, Department of Philosophy, Western University
The ‘war on science’ is nothing new. The first ‘bankruptcy of science’ debate took place in France at the turn of the 20th century, was fuelled mostly by conservative public intellectuals, and brought evidence up for debate. History is repeating itself now in Canada. The trend raises important questions: What were and are the key external and internal criticisms of science and evidence in particular? How are these tied to a particular image of science? What is needed to defend science and its claim to objectivity and truth?