Making Responsible Decisions in and about Science

Join us as we open the academic activity of the Weizsäcker Center with presentations from Nancy Cartwright and Helen Longino
Humanity looks to the scientific community, now more than ever, in order to provide solutions to today's challenges. Decisions made by scientists thus directly and deeply influence human lives. The Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker Center is interested in the foundations of responsible science. For example, how can we identify and avoid scientific misconduct, e.g. plagiarism and fraud, or the abuse of science for commercial purposes? How do we navigate issues of morally questionable research, research funding, and global inequalities? How can scientists ensure optimal knowledge production in the face of the replication crisis, cognitive biases in science, and the politics of peer review? Further, how can we protect scientists from becoming commodities when their products are so ardently sought by politicians and society?

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Nancy Cartwright is a Professor of Philosophy at Durham University and a Distinguished Professor at the University of California, San Diego. In the first half of her career at Stanford University she specialized in the philosophy of the natural sciences, especially physics; in the second half, at the London School of Economics and now Durham and UCSD, she has specialized in philosophy and methodology of the social sciences with special attention to economics.

Helen Elizabeth Longino is a Clarence Irving Lewis Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University. Her teaching interestes are in philosophy of science, social epistemology, and feminist philosophy. Longino has recently completed her term as President of the Philosophy of Science Association.


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