Scientific Progress and the Search for Truth

Vienna colloquium talks
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Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 6:00pm
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Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm


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.

Please note that the event will be held at the University of Vienna.