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Why philosophy of science matters to science

Prize lecture


The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


In an era where science is increasingly specialised, what is the value of interdisciplinary research?

Professor Michela Massimi, 2017 Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Prize winner

In this lecture Professor Michela Massimi makes the case for research that crosses disciplinary boundaries.

Philosophy of science is an interesting kind of interdisciplinary research at the junction between the sciences and the humanities. What good can philosophy do for science?

Professor Michela Massimi argues that philosophy of science plays an integral role in scientific inquiry and a key social function. A socially responsible philosophy of science - which is not afraid to speak up for evidence, progress, and truth - best serves the needs of science in a tolerant, pluralist, and democratic society.

Professor Michela Massimi was awarded the 2017 Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal in recognition of her work as a leading figure in the philosophy of science. Her work concentrates on the history and philosophy of modern physics, and the current debate between scientific realism and anti-realism. In 2018, she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. 

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  • Free to attend
  • No registration required
  • Doors open from 18:00, and seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis
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Why philosophy of science matters to science The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK