Scientific Pluralism and the Mission of History and Philosophy of Science

Inaugural Lecture by Professor Hasok Chang, Hans Rausing Professor of History and Philosophy of Science. This lecture was part of the Departmental Seminars i…


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  1. Solafein says:

    better yet you can just say that it’s not science’s job to prove or disprove anything about god. if people want to believe god? created the universe…then fine, as long as the process (when described in material/physical terms) by which this “god” created the universe is consistent with the physical evidence. xD

  2. Taurisimus says:

    That may actually be a good thing. Consider the hypothesis of creationism. It’s either:

    1. Not part of the domain of science.
    2. Part of the domain of science.

    If 1 then it is not necessarily open to scientific objections. Even though they are making assertions about the facts of the world, defenders of? creationism can use religious arguments and reject scientific ones as innappropriate.

    If 2 we can bring scientific reasoning to bear and just say that it’s false.

    Science =!= good science.

  3. context says:

    I am deeply torn. While undoubtedly toleration has its benefits, a widespread acceptance of toleration in science would leave? the door wide open for pseudo-sciences to “legitimately” claim the epistemological credentials of science.
    The general public (of whom I am a member), and policy makers simply do not have the skills to differentiate legitimate from non-legitimate science. A general acceptance of pluralism would make harder the already diabolical problem of demarcation.

  4. Emiliano Zuleta says:

    Lecture starts at? 13:50.

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