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We generally assume that scientific knowledge is the most reliable means we have of understanding the physical world around us. But why is this? What is it about science that grants it its reliability, and by “reliable” do we also mean that science is¬†objective?¬† What exactly makes scientific knowledge different from “ordinary” knowledge? And what are its limits?

In next week’s Cafe on Tuesday 20 March, John Jackson will present some ideas from his forthcoming book (download an extract) which looks at these topics from the philosophy of science, along with other related issues, such as:

  • Does religious knowledge have the same kind of function or purpose as scientific knowledge?
  • What “rules” should scientists follow in investigating the world?

As usual, we begin at 8.0opm in the Cafe Bar at the Gate.

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