AHRB Studentship at LSE

The Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics offers a 3-year AHRB-funded Studentship for the project “Contingency and Dissent in Science” starting in the academic year 2005/06. It is expected that the PhD research of the student and the research for the project dovetail. A description of the project is below. The student will work on some aspects of contingency and/ or dissent in one of the scientific areas under study in the project (e.g. climate change, RCTs, dissent over high temperature superconductors). The project is directed by Nancy Cartwright and Stephan Hartmann, with Naomi Oreskes from the University of California at San Diego, and is housed by the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science.

Interested students are invited to send a letter of interest, a Curriculum Vitae, a project outline of 500 words and two letters of recommendation by around the 1st of May 2005 to Prof. Nancy Cartwright, Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE, U.K. or by email (word or pdf file) to [email protected] or [email protected] .

Contingency and Dissent in Science

Today society is scrambling to figure out how to manage the uses and abuses of science to minimize harm and maximize public benefit. But we face dramatically opposed attitudes to science. On one hand, it is presumed that the correctness of what science teaches does not come into question. On the other, there is widespread dissent even within the scientific community about results, methods and consequences. This project on contingency and dissent in science aims to develop tools for the scrutiny of the correctness of methods and results in the natural and human sciences based on detailed case studies.

For more information about the project, visit

http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/CPNSS/projects/ContingencyDissentInScience/ Default.htm