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Friday, October 3, 2014 — 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM EDT

Philosophical analysis generally employs an analysis of concepts. What happens when that conceptual analysis engages in a broader interdisciplinary context?

Philosophical Analysis in an Interdisciplinary Mode

Philosophical analysis generally employs an analysis of concepts. What happens when that conceptual analysis engages in a broader interdisciplinary context? 

This talk will describe examples from my work engaged with other disciplines (in both social and natural sciences, concerning consensus in climate change and expert divergence in risk assessments) of how ideas and empirical information from those disciplines neither dictate nor are dictated to by philosophy. Instead, philosophical analysis can enrich our understanding of both the content and implications of empirical research, and empirical research can change our understanding of how our concepts should be structured.

Philosophy may well be the “queen of the sciences” and perhaps is a uniquely normative discipline. But that does not mean it floats above other disciplines. When philosophy comes into conflict with empirical sciences, it is not clear what direction change will take. One can be assured only of greater insight through engagement.

Heather Douglas is the Waterloo Chair in Science and Society in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Her work focuses on the science-policy interface and understanding science in society more generally. She received her Ph.D. from the History and Philosophy of Science Department at the University of Pittsburgh in 1998. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She has published numerous articles as well as a book, Science, Policy, and the Value-Free Ideal, (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009).

Location 
EV3 - Environment 3
Room 1408
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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