History and Philosophy Of Science | Learning from Error? Historical and Philosophical perspectives on failures, flaws & other pitfalls in scientific practice
X326 | 20935 | Jutta Schickore
Learning from Error? Historical & Philsosophica
Perspectives on failures, flaws & other pitfalls in
Professor Jutta Schickore
Tuesday and Thursday
2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
Learning from Error? Historical and systematic perspectives on
failures, flaws, and other pitfalls in scientific practice
Hardly anybody would deny that errors, faults, and failures are
ubiquitous and indeed intrinsic to scientific practice. But if
scientists’ activities are error-ridden, how is it possible that
knowledge can be gained in experiments? When is an error
significant? When can it be ignored? What is an error, after all?
What other kinds of mishaps can occur in scientific experiments?
This course surveys philosophical and historical explanations and
examples of what errors are, why they appear, how they can be
identified and controlled, and what – if anything – can be learnt
from them. We will discuss philosophical approaches to error
(Canguilhem, Peirce, Popper, and others) as well as historical
studies of significant errors in scientific practice