PHIL 0214

Science and Society

Science and Society
Scientific theories are not developed in a vacuum. Social circumstances influence the practice of science, and science, in turn, influences how we organize ourselves as a society. In this course will investigate both directions of the relationship between science and society. We will ask such questions as: how do the values of society drive scientific research? What do we mean when we claim that science is 'objective' and what do we expect of an objective science? Can there be 'good' politically-motivated science, or does this conflict with the norms of 'good' science? How important is science as a way of bettering society? Do scientists bear an extra burden of responsibility when they generate scientific results of particular social significance (such as the development of the atomic bomb, or the development of techniques of cloning)? We will examine particular cases of socially significant scientific research, and we will consider larger philosophical questions concerning the status of science as a source of knowledge. 3 hrs. lect. This course is part of the Public Humanities Labs Initiative administered by the Axinn Center for the Humanities.*
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Spring 2023

PHIL0214A-S23 Lecture

Fall 2021

PHIL0214A-F21 Lecture (Grasswick)

Fall 2020

PHIL0214A-F20 Lecture (Grasswick)

Winter 2020

PHIL0214A-W20 Lecture (Grasswick)

Fall 2017

PHIL0214A-F17 Lecture (Grasswick)

Fall 2016

PHIL0214A-F16 Lecture (Grasswick)

Fall 2015

PHIL0214A-F15 Lecture (Grasswick)

Fall 2013

PHIL0214A-F13 Lecture (Grasswick)

Fall 2012

PHIL0214A-F12 Lecture (Khalifa)

Fall 2011

PHIL0214A-F11 Lecture (Grasswick)

Spring 2010

PHIL0214A-S10 Lecture (Khalifa)

Fall 2008

PHIL0214A-F08 Lecture (Grasswick)

Spring 2007

PHIL0214A-S07 Lecture (Khalifa)

Spring 2004

PHIL0214A-S04 Lecture (Grasswick)