CAPS presents lecture series

Tårnbygningen, room T401 (4th floor)

Tuesday 10 April 2018, 15:15-16:00

Samantha Copeland

Science by Accident

Philosophy of science has emphasised the importance of falsifying theories when our expectations are disappointed. But what can we learn from accidents and unexpected outcomes? Historically, quite a lot.


Tuesday 17 April 2018, 15:15-16:00

Elena Rocca

Science as Religion

Science is traditionally thought of as a largely rational enterprise, contrasted with ideology and religion. Where objectivity and truth are rational virtues, ‘alternative facts’ are ridiculed. But how is the state of intellectual freedom? Perhaps not so great.

Tuesday 24 April 2018, 15:15-16:00

Fredrik Andersen

Science without Philosophy?

Stephen Hawking has declared that philosophy is dead and that “scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge”. But how well can science do without philosophy? Could there be a philosophy-free science?

Tuesday 8 May 2018, 15:15-16:00

Stephen Mumford

Can Science dispose of Free Will?

Psychologists and neuroscientists have presented free will as an illusion. So even though we might experience our choices as free and deliberate, they are in fact not. Should we accept that science has taken over this debate, or does philosophy still have a say?


Published 24. January 2018 - 8:48 - Updated 20. September 2018 - 8:10