3:00-5:00 pm, Philosophy seminar room #927, 9th floor, Leacock building, McGill University (PLAN/MAP)
Abstract | Résumé : The view that the sciences make progress, while the arts do not, is extremely common. This lecture will challenge it. I begin by distinguishing teleological progress from pragmatic progress. You make pragmatic progress not by coming closer to a goal, but by solving some of the problems of your current state. Scientific progress should be seen as pragmatic. When the point is recognized, it becomes evident that scientific progress has social dimensions. A socially embedded notion of scientific progress then allows for a parallel concept of progress applicable to the arts.
La conférence co-organisée avec le Réseau montréalais de philosophie des sciences et le Centre de recherche interuniversaire sur la science et la technologie.