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The University of Southampton
Lifelong Learning

Does Science Aim at Truth?  Event

13:00 - 14:00
11 December 2014
John Hansard Gallery

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Event details

Most of us think that science delivers us truths.

But does it? A main reason for believing that it does is to point at the success of our current scientific theories: don't they help us keep airplanes in the air, scuba-divers under water, and power-stations in operation? But that, of course, is exactly what the populace believed about past scientific claims and theories, that we now consider false. So can we hold on to our belief that science delivers us truths? And if not, what does it deliver instead?

Speaker information

Elselijn Kingma,Elselijn's research focuses on philosophy of medicine (concepts of health and disease and the epistemology of Evidence Based Medicine); applied ethics ('trust' in medical interactions and rights, interests and obligations in pregnancy and birth); and the metaphysics of pregnancy, identity and personhood. She has published on these topics in philosophy journals, medical journals, and the popular press.

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