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Martin Carrier – Agnotological Challenges: How to Capture the Production of Ignorance

January 19, 2017 Leave a comment Go to comments

Le Réseau montréalais de philosophie des sciences a le plaisir d’annoncer sa conférence inaugurale par / The Montreal Philosophy of Science Network is pleased to announce its inaugural speaker:

Martin Carrier, Université de Bielefeld

“Agnotological Challenges: How to Capture the Production of Ignorance”

Agnotology concerns the creation and preservation of confusion and ignorance. Certain positions are advocated in order to promote economic, political, or metaphysical interests with the result of creating mock controversies or maintaining unjustified agreement. I propose to identify agnotological ploys by the discrepancy between the conclusions suggested by the design of the study at hand and the conclusions actually drawn or intimated. Agnotological ploys are characterized by the unrecognized difference between those issues for which a study is sensitive and those issues that feature in its interpretation. This mechanism of “false advertising” serves to implement agnotological endeavors without having to invoke the motivations of the relevant agents. I discuss three agnotological cases, i.e., studies on bisphenol A, Bt-maize/Roundup, and Oslo’s airport Gardermoen. Agnotological challenges are best met by transparency and plurality. The former requires recognizing the partial character of a study and the latter encourages conducting a different study so as to achieve a more balanced picture. The identification of agnotological moves serves to curb the manifold of contrasting assumptions that characteristically goes along with pluralism. Identifying agnotological endeavors is a means for weeding out approaches that look fitting at first glance, but are blatantly inappropriate, in fact. Pinpointing agnotological endeavors helps transform a pluralist manifold into a manageable range of alternatives.

Jeudi 2 février/Thursday, February 2nd 2017, 15:30 – 17:30

McGill University,  Leacock building, 9th floor, room 927 (En raison de travaux, il est recommandé d’accéder au campus via l’avenue McGill College / Due to construction please enter campus from McGill College Avenue)

Le Réseau montréalais de philosophie des sciences stimule la réflexion et la recherche en philosophie des sciences. Il résulte d’une collaboration entre l’Université du Québec à Montréal, l’Université de Montréal, Concordia University, McGill University et le CIRST. Pour plus d’information et pour y participer, voir https://montrealphilscinet.wordpress.com/ ou nous suivre sur https://www.facebook.com/MontrealPhilSciNet/

The Montreal Philosophy of Science Network stimulates thinking and research in philosophy of science through collaboration among Université du Québec à Montréal, Université de Montréal, Concordia University, McGill University and CIRST. For further information and to participate please visit https://montrealphilscinet.wordpress.com/ or follow us on https://www.facebook.com/MontrealPhilSciNet/

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