A Pluralist Stance towards the Sciences of Human Behavior

27 Apr 2011
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

470 Stephens Hall

Event Type
Working Group in HPLMS

Helen Longino
Clarence Irving Lewis Professor of Philosophy, Stanford University

This talk examines the evidential and argumentative structures of a subset of current sciences of human behavior. The focus will be on approaches in behavior genetics, neurophysiology and anatomy, developmental biology and psychology, and approaches that combine one or more of these in interactive models. I will argue that these approaches, some of which are frequently represented as in empirical conflict one with another, are not, properly understood, in a conflict that can be empirically settled, nor are they reducible to one fundamental approach. Some of the consequences of taking this pluralist stance will be explored.

This event is sponsored by CSTMS.
Additional sponsorship comes from:  HPLMS Working Group, Department of Philosophy • Office for the History of Science and Technology
Office for the History of Science and Technology

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