History and Philosophy Of Science | Scientific Objectivity
X755 | 16111 | Elisabeth Lloyd


In this seminar, we will investigate the concept of objectivity and
its multiple meanings and uses, as well as its role in science and
philosophy.  "Objective" can mean really existing in the world, as
opposed to fantastic, or public as opposed to private, or
"subjective".  Being "objective" can also mean being detached or
unbiased.  There are other meanings and contexts as well, and we
will explore the history of the concept and its role in science.  We
will examine the books of Robert Nozick, Donald Davidson, Thomas
Nagel, Helen Longino, and Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison to
explore their views about objectivity and its relation to science
and knowledge.

Supplemental readings will include articles by John Searle, Bernard
Williams, Richard Rorty, Thomas Kuhn, and Elizabeth Anderson. We
will discuss various approaches to understanding the relation
between social relations and scientific objectivity.