Postdoctoral Research Associate in Philosophy
Closing date for applications is 31 August 2022 at midnight. Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Philosophy. The post is funded by the John Templeton Foundation and Durham University as part of the project 'The Successes and Failures of Science through the Lens of Intellectual Humility: Perspectives from the History and Philosophy of Science'.
Project description: Scientific endeavours fail or succeed for many reasons. We hypothesise that Intellectual Humility (IH), or its lack, plays a significant role, not just as a virtue of individual scientists but as embodied in the norms, practices and institutions that constitute science. We will look at successes and failures in science through the lens of IH in order to chart
- what constitutes IH in scientific institutions how IH affects scientific success.
Importance: This project
- opens up research on IH in science, where little attention is directed focusses on IH in the institutions that affect how science is conducted and what it achieves studies how IH impacts effectiveness and progress in science and its ability to serve society explores the big question: how to make science more successful and better able to serve society.
To achieve our aims we will look at successes and failures in different domains of pure and applied science: physics, chemistry, the socioeconomic sciences. We will proceed iteratively, formulating concepts and theory from case studies and feeding those back to inform the studies.