Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Institut für Sozialwissenschaften

Science and expertise in the post-truth age

Prof. Harry Collins from the University of Cardiff will speak about the role of science and expertise in the post-truth age. It will be discussed by Prof. Martin Reinhart from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
  • Wann 30.03.2017 von 18:00 bis 21:00
  • Wo Universitätsstraße 3b, 10117 Berlin, Raum 002
  • Teilnehmer Prof. Harry Collins (University of Cardiff) Discussant: Prof. Martin Reinhart (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) Moderation: Daniel Kubiak (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
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Though constructivist "Science, Technology and Society" (STS) may not have been the cause of anti-truth/expertise sentiments associated with Brexit and Trump it is consistent with them and has no argument against them. Horribly, the ‘third wave’ of science studies, though it was initiated in 2002, seems to have found its moment. The third wave pushes against post-truth on two fronts: there is the expertise front, which substitutes expertise for truth. From this comes the Periodic Table of Expertises and the new idea of interactional expertise. All experts are at least interactional experts so the Imitation Game is a test for the necessary if not sufficient condition of being an expert – it will be briefly explained. The second front is science as a source of values. Science and democracy have overlapping values. Because the quintessence of the form of life of science is the search for truth there is a hope that science can act as a lead institution in respect of the values of democratic societies – if you lie and cheat you are no longer doing science but you can lie and cheat and still be doing, say, banking. All our once leading professions have been corrupted; science may be one the last hopes.

This topic will be presented by Prof. Harry Collins and after that discussed with Prof. Martin Reinhart. The presentation is open for students and academics. After the discussion there will be some snacks in the lobby to have the possibility for networking.




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Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Universitätsstraße 3b
10117 Berlin