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Event: Workshop on Scientific Imperialism

Event date April 15, 2015 - April 17, 2015
Location University of Helsinki
Host(s) Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences (TINT)
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The recent research and emerging debate on “scientific imperialism” (see e.g. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 3/2013) are putting the topic on the agenda of philosophy of science. One goal is to understand interdisciplinary relations emerging from the incursion of one scientific discipline into one or more other disciplines, such as when the conventions and procedures of one discipline or field are imposed on other fields, or more weakly when a scientific discipline seeks to explain phenomena that are traditionally considered proper of another discipline’s domain. The possibility of distinguishing imperialistic from non-imperialistic interactions between disciplines and research fields is among the issues to be addressed.

The workshop brings together philosophers of science and science studies scholars interested in issues of scientific imperialism and wishing to contribute to its conceptual clarification, empirical identification and examination, as well as its normative assessment.



Wednesday 15

14:00 – 14:15
Uskali Mäki, Opening Remarks

14:15 – 15:30
Keynote: Stephen Downes (University of Utah), “Is the Appeal to Evolution in Explanations of Human Behavior a Case of Scientific Imperialism?”

15:30 – 16:00
Coffee Break

16:00 – 16:45
Nicholas Guilhot & Alain Marciano, “Rational Choice, Political Decision Making in Political Science and Economics after 1945. Why This Was Not Imperialism.”

16:45 – 17:30
Uskali Mäki, “Scientific Imperialism: What Is It? What to Make of It?”


Thursday 16

10:00 – 10:45
Uskali Mäki & Mikko Salmela, “Disciplinary Emotions in Interdisciplinary Interaction”

10:45 – 11:30
Patricia Marino, “Ethical Implications of Economics Imperialism: Two Examples”

11:30 – 12:15
Adrian Walsh, “Scientific Imperialism, Folk Morality, and Physicalist Reduction”

12: 15 – 13:45

13:45 – 14:30
Cléo Chassonnery-Zaïgouche, “Is the Economics of Discriminations an Imperialist Conquest?”

14:30 – 15: 15
Robert Lepenies & Magdalena Malecka, “Scientific Imperialism – The Case of Behavioral Sciences in Law and Policy”

15:15 – 15:45
Coffee Break

15:45 – 16:30
Kristina Rolin, “Scientific Imperialism, Expertise, and Credibility”

16.30 – 17:15
Manuela Fernández Pinto, “Imperializing Epistemology: The Shortcomings of the Naturalistic Turn”


Friday 17

10:00 – 10:45
Roberto Fumagalli, “Against Neuroscience Imperialism”

10:45 – 11:30
Jeroen de Ridder, “The Epistemology of Evolutionary Debunking”

11:30 – 12:15
Miles Macleod, “Scientific Subordination, Molecular Biology and Systems Biology”

12: 15 – 13:45

13:45 – 15:00
Keynote: Steven Medema (University of Colorado Denver), “Negotiating Economic Analysis of Law: Economists, Lawyers, and the Coase Theorem”

15:00 – 15:15
Concluding Remarks


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