as a FACTory?

Looking at Science Eye to Eye,
not from above the Facts

October 4–6, 2018, University of Vienna, Austria

Closing Workshop of the DK “The Sciences in Historical, Philosophical and Cultural Contexts” - 2nd funding period

The dichotomy between facts and values, and, relatedly, that between objectivity and subjectivity, has a long track-record in the history of thought. The traditional view, which is still dominant in popular culture but also in parts of the academic community, is that science occupies a privileged status as society’s “fact-factory.” In this workshop we bring together a variety of different perspectives – historical, philosophical and scientific – to discuss whether this value-free ideal of science holds up to closer analysis of the scientific practices.

Keynote Lecture
Sabina Leonelli (University of Exeter):
Investigating science through involvement
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