All you need is science? Scientism and our multifaceted knowledge of reality

January 23, 2014 - January 25, 2014
VU University Amsterdam

Amsterdam
Netherlands

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Keynote speakers:

Susan Haack
University of Miami
James Ladyman
University of Bristol (UK)
Alexander Rosenberg
Duke University
Michael Stenmark
Uppsala Universitet

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Conference Theme

This conference is meant to explore the nature and tenability of scientism as an epistemological position. Questions to be addressed in the conference are:

  • How can scientism best be defined?
  • How does it relate to (philosophical) naturalism, physicalism, logical positivism and other philosophical neighbors?
  • How should the rise of scientism (especially in academia) be explained, what is its ‘pull’?
  • What arguments can be given in favor of scientism?
  • Why should scientism be deemed unsatisfactory, and, if so, what problems does it cause?
  • How does scientism make a difference to the ways in which scientific research is conducted?
  • What fields of research can be discerned where scientism makes a difference for the interpretation of data, theory choice etc.?
  • What alternatives to scientism can be distinguished, and how should we evaluate them?
  • What tasks and possibilities do disciplines like epistemology, philosophy of science, metaphysics and theology have here?

Background

 

The conference is the first in a series organized by the recently founded Abraham Kuyper Center for Science and Religion at VU University in Amsterdam. Part of the Center’s activities is a large scale philosophical study on the topic of ‘Science beyond scientism’.  

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To register, send us your full contact details including e-mail address. Also let us know of any special dietary requirements you may have. The conference fee is €200 and €150 for PhD students.

Conference Organizers

 

Gerrit Glas, Gijsbert van den Brink, René van Woudenberg, Jeroen de Ridder and Rik Peels

Conference Website

Please visit the website of the Abraham Kuyper Center (www.abrahamkuypercenter.vu.nl/scientism) regularly for new information regarding this conference.

Contact Details

 

To register and/or to submit a proposal please use the following e- mail address:

Abrahamkuypercenter@vu.nl

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