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AISB event Bulletin Item

CONFERENCE: The Problem of Relativism in the Sociology of (Scientific) Knowledge


University of Siegen, Germany

Are knowledge and our epistemic norms culturally and socially relative? 
What would be the consequences of such a relativism for traditional topics in philosophy? Questions like these are the focus of recent discussions in epistemology and philosophy of science. Moreover, they have also been intensively discussed in the sociology of knowledge since 20th century.

The aim of the conference is to dicuss the problem of relativism in the sociology of (scientific) knowledge from historical (Mannheim, Fleck,
Polanyi) as well as systematic perspectives. By bringing together leading philosophers and sociologists working in the field, the conference's objective is to develop a genuine interdisciplinary exchange. A special focus lies on recent discussions, for example, on Naturalism, Incommensurability, and the Strong Programme.

The conference is part of a research project in the sociology of knowledge at the University of Siegen and organized in cooperation with the Center for Philosophy of Science (Zentrum fr Wissenschaftstheorie) at the University of Mnster.

Practical Information:
Date: Tuesday 22th - Wednesday 23th March 2011
Venue: University of Siegen, Arthur-Woll-Haus, Am Eichenhang, 57068 Siegen Conference Language: English
Contact: Markus Seidel, M.A. (seidel@philosophie.uni-siegen.de)
Homepage: http://www.uni-muenster.de/Wissenschaftstheorie/veranstaltungen/conference2011/index.html

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