Scientists sometimes express the view that science, in principle, has all the answers to the important questions about the Universe and our place in it, and that philosophy therefore no longer has anything to contribute. In this public conference we consider ways in which philosophy and various sciences can usefully engage with one another. The conference, which is kindly supported by the Royal Institute of Philosophy, should be accessible by people with no philosophical or scientific background; sixth-form classes and teachers, current students and members of the public are welcome.
We'll have three discussion sessions, each of which will be led by a scientist and a philosopher: on neuroscience (Patrick Haggard and Barry Smith), physics (Fay Dowker and Eleanor Knox) and biology (Hans Westerhoff and John Dupre), and end with a talk by philosopher James Ladyman. Ray Tallis will chair the discussions.
Registration is free (includes free tea and coffee; own arrangements for lunch).
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Precise timings will be available on the day, but we will start at 11am, with tea and coffee from 10.30. Lunch will be by your own arrangements; there are plenty of food outlets nearby and we'll be happy to provide directions and recommendations. We aim to finish at 5:15pm.
Disability information: The event will be in the John Casken Lecture Theatre on the first floor of the Martin Harris Centre. Please click the link below for access and other information relating to the venue, and contact the organiser if you have any questions.