Seminar: Dr Luca Sciortino, 2 December 2015

Dr Luca Sciortino (Visiting Research Fellow, University of Leeds)
‘Styles of Thinking and Epistemic Relativism’


In the 1980s Ian Hacking put forward the ‘styles project’, as he called it, whose central idea is that there exist distinct styles of thinking which have emerged in the course of the history of science. This paper points at a potential tension between Hacking’s entity realism and his styles project. I argue that realism about unobservable entities is a case in which a scientific claim is justified for a community that adopts a certain style and unjustified for a community that adopts another style. I conclude that Hacking’s styles project implies epistemic relativism.

The seminar will be held at The Open University Walton Hall campus in meeting room 5, Wilson A 1st Floor.