19 de febrero de 2016

Summer School "Relativism in the Study of Science" (Dubrovnik, July 4th to 10th)

Summer School on “Relativism in the Study of Science”, Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik, July 4th to 10th.

The teaching staff will be:

Dr Natalie Ashton, Univ. of Vienna
Prof. Paul Hoyningen-Huene, Leibniz Univ. of Hannover
Dr Katherina Kinzel, Univ. of Vienna
Prof. Boris Kožnjak, Univ. of Zagreb
Prof. Martin Kusch, Univ. of Vienna
Prof. Jure Zovko, Univ. of Zadar

Course description:

Various forms of relativism have been salient in the history, philosophy and sociology of science for at least a century. Debates over historicism and psychologism were widespread and lively especially, but not only, in the German-speaking world between the 1890s and 1940s (e.g.Windelband, Rickert, Droysen). The “rationality wars” of the 1960, especially in the philosophy of the social sciences (e.g. Winch, Hollis, Lukes, MacIntyre, Taylor) were fought primarily in the Anglophone world. Many the central arguments in this “war” had their origins in controversies in the social sciences themselves (at least since Westermarck and Boas). Wittgenstein was also an important influence. Kuhn, Feyerabend, “the Strong Programme” (e.g. Barnes, Bloor, Collins, Shapin), Feminist philosophy of science (e.g. Haraway, Harding, Longino), and various movements in social and cultural history (e.g. “new historicism”) are central landmarks in the argumentative landscape of the last fifty-odd years. The purpose of this Summer School is to review and reassess some central junctions in the history of, and contemporary debates about, relativism in “science studies” (broadly construed to include history, philosophy and sociology of science). In doing so, we shall draw on recent new formulations and defenses of relativism in epistemology, moral philosophy and philosophical semantics (e.g. Boghossian, Kölbel, MacFarlane, Rovane, Wright).

The course is open to Master and PhD students. The language of instruction is English. The number of participants is restricted to 25. It is possible to earn 5 ECTS credits through attending the course and fulfilling the course requirements (preparatory reading, regular attendance, active participation in the discussions, oral presentation, and a final paper of around 5000 words).

The course fee is €40. It can be waived in case of financial hardship. Successful applicants will normally have to cover the costs of their travel, hotel and meals, though some financial assistance is likely to become available in cases of financial hardship or if the student is from the University of Vienna. It may be possible to house at least some of the participants in a dormitory where prices are low. A list of affordable hotels will be sent to successful applicants.

Applications should be sent (electronically) to: Martin Kusch martin.kusch@univie.ac.at

The deadline for applications is March 15th, 2016.

The application should contain a copies of degrees, a transcript of marks, a letter explaining motivation, and one letter of recommendation. The latter should be sent directly to the above email address and should reach us by March 15th. Successful candidates will be informed by April.