Public Lecture: Truth and Science
Philip Kitcher, John Dewey Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University, New York
Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 6:15 p.m.
Marsilius-Kolleg, Lecture Hall, Im Neuenheimer Feld 130.1
The erosion of trust in the sciences raises three important questions:
1. Does scientific inquiry deserve the status it once enjoyed in democratic societies as a privileged source of truth?
2. What has happened to undermine its status in some areas of science and among some people?
3. If the turn against scientific authority is a mistake, what can be done to remedy it?
I shall use the case of climate change (and climate inaction) to illustrate answers to the first two questions, and conclude with some brief reflections on the third.