Conference (Programme): On Scientific Imperialism, April 15th-17th, 2015, TINT (Helsinki, Finland)

A three days conference on “Scientific Imperialism” will be organised by Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences [TINT], University of Helsinki from April 15th to 17th 2015.

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 15th

14.00-14.15: Uskali Mäki, Opening remarks

14.15-15.30: Keynote lecture: Stephen Downes: Is the appeal to evolution in explanations of human behavior a case of scientific imperialism?

16.00-16.45: Nicholas Guilhot & Alain Marciano, Rational Choice, Political Decision Making in Political Science and Economics after 1045. Why This Was Not Imperialism?

16.45-17.30: Uskali Mäki, Scientific Imperialism: What is it? What to Make of it?

Thursday 16th

10.00-10.45: Uskali Mäki & Mikko Salmela, Disciplinary Emotions in Interdisciplinary Interaction

10.45-11.30: Patricia Marino, Ethical Implications of Economic Imperialism: Txo Examples

11.30-12.15: Adrian Walsh, Scientific Imperialism, Folk Morality, and Physicalist Reduction

12.15-13.45: Lunch

13.45-14.30: Cléo Chassonnery-Zaïgouche, Is the Economics of Discrimination An Imperialist Conquest?

14.30-15.15: Robert Lepenies & Magdalena Malecka, Scientific Imperialism – The Case of Behavioral Sciences in Law and Policy

15.45-16.30: Kristina Rolin, Scientific Imperialism, Expertise, and Credibility

16.30-17.15: Manuela Fernandez Pinto, Imperializing Epistemology: The Shortcomings of the Naturalistic Turn

Friday 17th

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

13.45-15.00: Keynote lecture: Steven Medema: Negotiating Economic Analysis of Law: Economists, Lawyers, and the Coase Theorem

15.00-15.15: Uskali Mäki, Concluding Discussion

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