Why philosophy of science matters to science

Why philosophy of science matters to science


When?

Start time: Monday 6:30pm (21 May)
End time: Monday 7:30pm (21 May)

Where?

The Royal Society
6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London

About

In an era where science is increasingly specialised, what is the value of interdisciplinary research?

In this lecture Professor Michela Massimi makes the case for research that crosses disciplinary boundaries.

Philosophy of science is an interesting kind of interdisciplinary research at the junction between the sciences and the humanities. What good can philosophy do for science?

Professor Michela Massimi argues that philosophy of science plays an integral role in scientific inquiry and a key social function. A socially responsible philosophy of science - which is not afraid to speak up for evidence, progress, and truth - best serves the needs of science in a tolerant, pluralist, and democratic society.

Professor Michela Massimi was awarded the 2017 Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal in recognition of her work as a leading figure in the philosophy of science. Her work concentrates on the history and philosophy of modern physics, and the current debate between scientific realism and anti-realism. In 2018, she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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Attending the event

Free to attend
No registration required
Doors open from 18:00, and seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis
This event may be popular and entry cannot be guaranteed
Live subtitles will be available
British Sign Language interpretation will be available on request. Please let the Events team know if you plan to attend at least two weeks before the event: events@royalsociety.org.



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