March 25, 2015
On Monday, March 30, and Tuesday, March 31, Hampden-Sydney College will present a sequence of lectures for this spring's Philosophy Capstone Series.
Monday's lecture will be given by Professor Robert Bishop and entitled "Social Inquiry and Understanding Public Evidence." Professor Lee McIntyre will deliver the second talk, on Tuesday, entitled "Disrespecting Truth."
Dr. Robert Bishop is an Associate Professor of Physics and Philosophy and the John and Madeleine McIntyre Endowed Professor of Philosophy and History of Science, at Wheaton College in Illinois. His research involves history and philosophy of science, philosophy of physics, philosophy of social science, philosophy of mind and psychology, and metaphysics. He is the author of Between Chance and Choice: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Determinism and The Philosophy of the Social Sciences. His talk will be an interesting engagement of the social sciences in which he will address ways to think about public evidence in the social realm which are not normally considered in the study human action.
Lee McIntyre is a Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University and a Lecturer in Ethics at Harvard Extension School. Formerly the Executive Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University he also taught philosophy at Colgate University, Boston University, Tufts Experimental College, and Simmons College. He is the author of Laws and Explanation in the Social Sciences and Dark Ages: The Case for a Science of Human Behavior. His latest book Respecting Truth: Willful Ignorance in the Internet Age is forthcoming from Routledge Publishers in June 2015. His talk will discuss the problem of science denial (vaccines, climate change, etc.) and how this has been exacerbated not only by political ideologues, but also by some of those whom we have most trusted to be guardians of true belief: journalists and academics.
Each talk begins at 4:30 PM in the Chairman's Room in Settle Hall and is free and open to the community. This series is sponsored by the H-SC Philosophy Department.