Workshop on Scientific Imperialism

April 15-17, 2015, University of Helsinki, Finland

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.

Keynote Speakers

Stephen Downes (University of Utah) “Is the Appeal to Evolution in Explanations of Human Behavior a Case of Scientific Imperialism?”

Steven Medema (University of Colorado, Denver) “Negotiating Economic Analysis of Law: Economists, Lawyers, and the Coase Theorem”

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Posted: December 24, 2014