Romanticism, creativity, and the replication crisis
Tuesday 22 September 2020, 12.30pm to 1.30pm BST
Romanticism elevates the unfettered imagination while downplaying criticism in the arts and deprecating the cold reason of science as lacking the same imagination as a creative genius. But is the unfettered imagination a good thing? And are criticism and scientific judgment unimaginative? Curiously, the replication crisis in biomedicine and psychology suggests otherwise.
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Professor Alexander Bird (King's 1988)
Alexander Bird will be taking up the Bertrand Russell Professorship of Philosophy on 1 October 2020. He is currently the Peter Sowerby Professor of Philosophy and Medicine at King’s College London, having previously held the chair in philosophy at the University of Bristol. Before that he was lecturer and then reader at Edinburgh. Alexander’s published books are Philosophy of Science (1998), Thomas Kuhn (2000), and Nature’s Metaphysics (2007). His work rejects empiricism, in both metaphysics and epistemology, and integrates central topics in metaphysics and epistemology with philosophy of science. A new book Knowing Science will be published by Oxford University Press.
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