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Workshop: Objectivity – New Perspectives on Objective Inquiry (6 May 2018)

Idea and Motivation

Objectivity is taken to be an epistemic virtue of inquiry – not only in the natural sciences but also in the social and historical sciences and, going beyond scientific inquiry, in journalism. The objectivity of inquiry takes center stage as a virtue: the inquirers themselves (scientists, historians, journalists) and the consumers or users of the outcomes of such inquiry (such as companies, policy makers, readers) rely on it. However, despite its central role, the notion of objectivity is surprisingly unclear. The contributions to this workshop aim at shedding new light on the notion of objectivity.





09:30 - 10:15 Kärin Nickelsen: Entangled Objectivities: Can Partisan Scientists with Doubtful Methods Produce Accurate Data?
10:15 - 11:00 Katherina Kinzel: Objectivity in Historiography – The Nineteenth Century German Debates
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:15 Alexander Reutlinger: The Subjunctive Independence Account of Objectivity
12:15 - 13:00 Georgios Karageorgoudis: Two Kinds of Objectivity
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch Break
14:30 - 15:15 Christoph Neuberger: Journalistic Objectivity as a Professional Strategy
15:15 - 16:00 Anna Leuschner: Objectivity through Mutual Criticism? On the Problem of Epistemically Detrimental Dissent
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee Break
16:30 - 17:15 Gordon Belot: Gravity and GRACE: Does Underdetermination Undermine Objectivity?



Main University Building
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
D-80539 München
Room M 203

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