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Scientific Progress and the Search for Truth

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

OFF-CAMPUS: Please note that the event will be held at the University of Vienna Campus AKH, Spitalgasse 2-4 / Hof 2.8, Room: Alte Kapelle, Vienna.

1st CEU-IVC Philosophy of Science Lecture


Scientific progress is often understood in terms of increasing recognition of the truth.  I argue that teleological conceptions of approaching "the truth about nature" are inadequate, and that scientific progress should be understood in terms of problem-solving.  Pragmatic progress consists in resolving the problems that arise and in overcoming limitations.  The account I favor builds on the ideas about truth advanced by Peirce and James, and it recognizes scientific inquiry as inevitably pervaded by a wide range of value judgments.

An event co-organized by the Institute Vienna Circle and the Central European University’s Philosophy Department.

The event is part of the university-wide course "How to think about science" and part of the philosophy department's colloquium series.