Science, Technology, and the Good Life: Perspectives on Virtue in Science & Technology Studies

Location: Workshop – 200 McKenna Hall (View on map )


April 5–7, 2018

This workshop gathers scholars from history, philosophy, anthropology, and political science to consider how concepts of virtue can enrich our understanding of science and technology. It seeks to advance conversations about virtue as an analytic concept within science and technology studies, including history, philosophy, and sociology of science. The workshop opens with a public lecture: “Doing the Right Thing in Science: A History of a Moving Target,” by Steven Shapin, Franklin L. Ford Research Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University.


Dori Beeler, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Richard Bellon, Michigan State University 
Mark Bourgeois, University of Notre Dame
Jiin-Yu Chen, Boston College
Karen Frost Arnold, Philosophy, Hobart & William Smith Colleges 
Dan Hicks, UC Davis 
Don Howard, University of Notre Dame
Jon Miller, Michigan State University
Emanuele Ratti, University of Notre Dame
Laura Ruetsche, University of Michigan
Steven Shapin, Harvard University
Jutta Schickore, Indiana University Bloomington
Tom Stapleford, University of Notre Dame
Dana Tulodziecki, Purdue University


Thursday, April 5

16:15 Registration
17:15 Public Lecture: Stephen Shapin, “Doing the Right Thing in Science: A History of a Moving Target”
16:45 Reception

Friday, April 6

08:30 Breakfast
09:15 Welcome and Introduction: Emanuele Ratti and Tom Stapleford
09:30 Richard Bellon, “Common to Speak of: The Hierarchy of Virtue and Vice in Nineteenth-Century Britain”
10:30 Break
10:45 Jon Miller, “The Scientific Virtues: An Interdisciplinary Study”
12:00 Lunch
13:15 Jutta Schikore, “Failures, Flaws, and Falsifications”
14:30 Laura Ruetsche, “Virtue and Contingent History: Concrescing the Epistemology of Science”
15:30 Break
16:00 Dana Tulodziecki, “Epistemic Virtues in Scientific Practice”
17:00 Break
18:30 Dinner

Saturday, April 7

08:30 Breakfast
09:00 Karen Frost-Arnold, “Virtue Epistemology and the Challenges of Online Moderation”
10:30 Break
10:45 Mark Bourgeois, “Self-Determination Theory and Flourishment Criteria in Technological Design”
12:00 Lunch
13:15 Dan Hicks, “Toleration, Dangerous Research, and the Goods of Scientific Conflict”
14:30 Don Howard, “Citizen Scientists as Agents of Change: A Virtue Ethics Approach to Research Ethics Training”
15:30 Break
16:00 Jinn-Yu Chen, “Institutionalizing Virtue? Challenges in Fostering Research Integrity in a Responsible Conduct of Research Program”
17:00 Break
18:30 Dinner

By invitation only.

This workshop is made possible by support from the Templeton Religion Trust.

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