Can We Sustain Democracy and the Planet Too?
Examining Scientific Expertise in Public Life.
Dr. Phillip Kitchey, Professor of Philosophy, Colombia University
In most democratic nations, Dr. Kitcher argues, there is little popular support for the measures that are urgently needed to limit global warming. This raises provocative questions for us as citizens: How do democratic ideals shape the living conditions of our descendants? How should the institutions and procedures that exemplify democratic ideals change? How do we better understand the relationship between expertise and democracy, climate science and society? Dr. Philip Kitcher is the John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University and the author of The Ethical Project (Harvard University Press, 2011) and Science in a Democratic Society (Prometheus Books, 2011).
October 3, 2013, 7:00pm
Ondaatje Hall, McCain Building, Dalhousie University