[SydPhil] Notification: Stephen Gaukroger @ Wed 12 Oct 2016 13:00 - 14:30 (Seminars)

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Title: Stephen Gaukroger
The Moral and Political Origins of the Philosophy of Science: Whewell  
versus Mill

The philosophy of science as a methodological and epistemological  
discipline emerged in the middle decades of the nineteenth century. It was  
prompted not by developments in science or in epistemology as such,  
however, but rather by new and unprecedented claims to scientific standing  
in what were termed the moral sciences, particularly ethics, in the form of  
consequentialism, and politics, in the form of Ricardian political economy.  
In this talk I look at the rise of philosophical investigation into the  
nature of science in England, as manifested in two projects. The first,  
that of William Whewell, set out a comprehensive philosophy of science  
designed to avoid the naturalization of the humanities. The second, that of  
John Stuart Mill, was initially concerned with political questions, but  
Mill came to realize that he needed to devise a comprehensive philosophy of  
science to counter that of Whewell if he was to be convincing in this. At  
the core of these two competing philosophies of science was the question of  
how science could be conceived in such a way that morality could be shown  
to have the same level of objectivity as the established sciences.

When: Wed 12 Oct 2016 13:00 – 14:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Where: Sydney Uni, Muniment Room
Calendar: Seminars
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