Progress in Science & Society: Workshop with P. Kitcher

June 14, 2017
Leibniz Universität Hannover (Biomolekulares Wirkstoffzentrum, BMWZ)

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Philip Kitcher holds the appointment of the John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. He earned his BA from Christ’s College, Cambridge, in mathematics and philosophy of science, and his PhD in philosophy from Princeton University. He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002, and the American Philosophical Association awarded him the Prometheus Prize for his lifetime achievement in “expanding the frontiers of science and philosophy” in 2006. In 2013, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Erasmus University Rotterdam. Philip Kitcher has influenced many of the current debates in philosophy, particularly in the philosophy of science, ethics, the philosophy of religion, the philosophy of mathematics, and the philosophy of biology. Most recently, his interests lie in renewing the philosophical program of pragmatism in the tradition of John Dewey. Recent publications include Science, Truth, and Democracy (2001), Living with Darwin (2007), The Ethical Project (2011), Science in a Democratic Society (2011), Preludes to Pragmatism (2012), and Life After Faith (2014).

Marta Bertolaso  is Associate Professor for Philosophy of Science in the Department Faculty of Engineering and in the Institute of Philosophy of the Scientific and Technological Practice at University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome. She is the promoter and coordinator of BioTechnoPractice and she works in research projects dealing with new epistemological and philosophical challenges in the fields of biological and systemic development, scientific advancement, in silico medicine and modeling. Among her recent volumes: Philosophy of Cancer – A Dynamic and Relational View (Springer Series in “History, Philosophy & Theory of the Life Sciences”) and The Future of Scientific Practice: ‘Bio-Techno-Logos’ (Pickering & Chatto Publishers, London).

Vanessa Rampton  is a Society in Science – Branco Weiss Fellow at the Chair of Practical Philosophy at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). Prior to joining ETH Zurich she was affiliated with the University of Zurich and received her PhD from King’s College, University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on questions surrounding the commitment to progress and perfection in liberal philosophy and politics. Her current research project analyzes the complex relationship between medicine’s technological successes and its persistently human nature, and thereby attempts to provide a deeper understanding of the ethical, epistemological, and cultural aspects of medical practice.

Manuela Fernández Pinto is an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia. She is also an affiliated researcher in the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki. She received her PhD in history and philosophy of science from the University of Notre Dame (2014). Her current research aims at identifying and evaluating the epistemic and social consequences of commercially-driven research today, particularly in clinical research conducted by the pharmaceutical industry. Other research interests include social epistemology, the science and values debate, the history and philosophy of economics, and feminist philosophy of science.

Parysa Mostajir is a Ph.D. student in Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science at the University of Chicago. Drawing on John Dewey’s work, her dissertation concerns the relationship between art/aesthetics and science/technology, and the roles each play in enriching human life. She is currently a visiting scholar at the Philosophy Department of Columbia University.

Jan-Willem Romeijn is professor of philosopy of science at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Groningen. His research interests include scientific method, probabilistic modelling, and social epistemology. Next to doing systematic work in philosophy, he regularly collaborates with scholars from a wide variety of disciplines, including psychiatry, archaeology, sociology, and statistics

Remco Heesen is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Cambridge, having recently earned a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University. His research is in the social epistemology of science, focusing in particular on the reward structure of science and its epistemic consequences. He has published papers on related topics in journals like Philosophy of Science, Philosophical Studies, Synthese, and Erkenntnis.