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Durham University

Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS)


Colleagues are very welcome at the following events hosted by CHESS and K4U (ERC project) this academic year

DEMOCRASCI – The Value-Free Ideal in Economics Workshop

3rd December 2015, 11:00 to 4th December 2015, 17:00, Senate Room, University College, Various Speakers

This is a joint workshop between two projects: Democracy in Science (DEMOCRASCI) and ‘The Value-Free Ideal in Economics’.

Organised by Julian Reiss (CHESS) and Stéphanie Ruphy (University of Grenoble)

This is a joint workshop between the BA-funded project ‘The Value-Free Ideal in Economics’ (CHESS/Durham) and the ANR-funded DEMOCRASCI (Grenoble). The general aim of the project DEMOCRASCI is to map out the principles of a democratised governance of science and explore its possible practical forms, based on a properly contextualised view of the value and aims of science in our democratic societies. ‘The Value-Free Ideal’ brings together researchers from the UK and Taiwan to investigate the practicability and desirability of value-freedom for economic science.



Thursday 3rd December 2015

11:00-12:15 William Rehg (St Louis University) Confidence in the IPCC: A Contextualist Analysis

12:15-12:45 Erin Nash (Durham) The Entanglement of Epistemology and Ethics: A Justice-Based Reason to Defer to Scientific Expertise

12:45-1:45 Lunch

1:45-3:00 Kristina Rolin (Helsinki) The politics of epistemic responsibility

3:00-3:30 Osman Dede (EUR) Evidential Contextualism and Douglas’s Detached Objectivity

3:30-4:00 Tea Break

4:00-4:30 Baptiste Bedessem (University of Grenoble) Serendipity: An Argument for Scientific Freedom?

4:30-5:30 Vincent Guillin (UQAM) The Normative Structure of Science and the Moral Regulation of Scientists: Sociological Analysis and Institutional Polemics in Auguste Comte

Friday 4th December 2015

9:30-10:45 Stephen John (Cambridge) Wishful Speaking

10:45-11:45 Hsiang-Ke Chao (National Tsing-Hua University) Models and Objectivity

11:45-12:00 Tea Break

12:00-13:15 David Colander (Middlebury College) Making Sense of Economist’s Positive-Normative Distinction

13:15-14:15 Lunch

14:15-15:30 Conrad Heilmann (EUR) Value-Free Time Discounting

15:30-16:00 Tea Break

16:00-17:00 Hsien-I Chiu (National Tsing-Hua University) Confirmation of Climate Models


All welcome and refreshments provided

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