[SydPhil] HPS Research Series - Emeritus Professor Stephen Gaukroger - Science Fiction and the Revival of Wonder
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Held in conjunction with the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science
SEMESTER TWO 2018
RESEARCH SEMINAR SERIES
Monday 3rd September
EMERITUS PROFESSOR STEPHEN GAUKROGER
SCHOOL OF HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Science Fiction and the Revival of Wonder
As scientific values became embedded in those of civilization in the nineteenth century, a new set of demands was made on science, and it needed to establish its legitimacy in such a role. The association of science and civilization, crucial to the standing of science in the modern era, would simply not be possible without popular science—popular natural history books, children’s science books, museums, science fiction—because science doesn’t have the resources to do this in its own right. In order to meet the expectations of its vastly expanded role that it had assumed from the end of the eighteenth century, one in which it was displacing religion as the key to understanding our place in the world for example, it was crucial that science be extended into the non-propositional realm, engaging with the world in terms of desires, expectations, anxieties, fears, hopes, goals, raw beliefs etc. Only popular science could do this, but it could never have just been a promotional exercise, however much scientists may have wished for this. It raises both expectations and anxieties about the standing of science in the modern era.
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