Dienstag, 22. Oktober 2019, 18:00 - 19:30 iCal

Scientific Progress and the Search for Truth

Lecturer: Prof. Philip Kitcher (Columbia University)

Alte Kapelle am Campus der Universität Wien
Spitalgasse 2-4 / Hof 2.8, 1090 Wien



Scientific progress is often understood in terms of increasing recognition of the truth. I argue that teleological conceptions of approaching "the truth about nature" are inadequate, and that scientific progress should be understood in terms of problem-solving. Pragmatic progress consists in resolving the problems that arise and in overcoming limitations. The account I favor builds on the ideas about truth advanced by Peirce and James, and it recognizes scientific inquiry as inevitably pervaded by a wide range of value judgments.



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An event co-organized by the Institute Vienna Circle and the Central European University’s Philosophy Department


Sabine Koch
Institut Wiener Kreis